The Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning and the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Louvain are opening a doctoral researcher position. The doctoral student will work under the supervision of Prof. Maider Llaguno-Munitxa (Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning, and at the Leuven Research Institute for Landscape, Architecture, Built Environment LAB) and Prof. Martin Edwards (Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and President of the Institute for Research in Psychological Sciences IPSY). Professor Llaguno-Munitxa’s research focuses on the study of urban environmental health and resilience, and Professor Edwards’ research focuses on the study of psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

The doctoral student will research the roles that visual, thermal and acoustic urban environmental characteristics play in moderating the stress levels of citizens. Among other aspects, approaches to the design of urban green infrastructure to improve the well-being of citizens will be studied. As part of the thesis, the doctoral student will use pedestrian-centric research methodologies combining objective and subjective behavioral analysis, biometric and environmental sensing, eye-tracking and immersive media technologies, and participant questionnaires.

The doctoral student will be based in the Architecture & Climate group within the Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urbanism, and will collaborate with the Psy-NAPS group of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, both located on the University’s main campus. from Louvain to Louvain-la-Neuve. The candidate will work closely with their supervisors and will be part of an international team of researchers. In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to participate in teaching, research and professional development seminars, as appropriate, throughout their candidacy.

To apply, please submit the required documents as listed below.

  1. A cover letter that explains what attracts you to this position, why you think you are the best person for the job and what your aspirations are after the doctorate;
  2. A detailed CV; and
  3. A detailed response to each essential and desired selection criteria.

All files must be converted to PDF, numbered in the order above, and submitted as a single ZIP file, named in the following format: .Zip *: French and sent by email to [email protected], with the subject: Application for an FSR doctoral position . Failure to comply with the above specifications will result in outright rejection of the application.