PhD position on Linked Data Event Streams, Time Series and Geospatial data on the Web

Application deadline: 2021-09-30 or until the vacancy is filled
Type of contract: Full-time
Employment: Temporary (4 years), with yearly progress evaluation
Starting date: As soon as possible

We especially encourage applications by candidates from diverse groups; all are welcome in our team.

Job description

Almost all data has a time and/or geo aspect to it. During your PhD you will get the opportunity to create a vision on how to bring together geospatial querying and time series analysis with Open Data and public Web APIs.

We publish datasets such as the Flemish address registry, air quality sensor data, geospatial gazetteers, parking occupancies, traffic information, public transit timetables, etc. using a hypermedia description called the TREE and Linked Data Event Streams specification available at You will work as part of this team of researchers with a common roadmap.

Your profile

  • Degree: Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics, ICT or related field
  • Advanced programming skills in at least 1 major programming language

The Knowledge on Web-Scale team at Ghent University – imec

The Knowledge on Web-Scale team ( at Ghent University – imec is renowned for its creative research on Knowledge Graphs on the Web. We apply these techniques on open data, shared data, and personal data in a wide range of application domains such as mobility, digital heritage, scholarly communication, sensor data, governmental base registries, building data, e-health, and logistics.

Our team is part of IDLab ( within Ghent University (, a top-100 university worldwide, located in the heart of Belgium. IDLab is a core research group of imec (, a world-leading research and innovation hub in digital technologies and nanoelectronics. IDLab employs over 300 researchers working on fundamental and applied research on data science and internet technology.

Our offer

You receive the opportunity to perform full-time research in a highly international and friendly working environment, with a competitive salary. Grounded in fundamental academic research, as a PhD candidate you will also participate in collaborative research with industrial and academic partners in Flanders and on a wider geographic scale in new and ongoing projects. You will publish your research results at major international conferences and in journal papers.


Send your application by email or any questions concerning this vacancy to Pieter Colpaert, indicating "Job application: PhD position on Linked Data Event Streams, Time Series and Geospatial data on the Web" in the subject. Applications should include

  1. an academic/professional resume,
  2. a personal motivation letter, and
  3. transcripts of study results

After screening, selected candidates will be invited for an online interview as a first contact in a multi-stage selection process.