Researcher Big Data in Transport

About imec

The nano-electronics research center, imec, and the digital research and incubation center, iMinds, have been merged into a unique high-tech R&D hub under the brand name imec.

imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create ground-breaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan.

 About IDLab 

IDLab is a research group that focuses on fundamental and applied research in the area of internet and Web technologies, combined with data science.

IDLab is part of Ghent University, which leads to many academic collaborations with different universities worldwide.

Next to this, IDLab is a core research element in imec, which is one of the largest European research institute that leads to many collaborations with companies worldwide.


To strengthen the Semantic Web activities, IDLab is currently recruiting motivated researchers.


Job Description

You will contribute to national and international research projects that aim to advance existing Semantic Web technologies. You will cooperate with enthusiastic colleagues and diverse external partners to fulfill the project requirements while staying up to date with important changes on the Semantic Web.


Projects will allow you to collaborate with researchers and developers from Europe and beyond in the area of Big and Open Linked Data. You will be given the opportunity to work on brand new Semantic Web technologies that will be used by organizations worldwide, both academic and commercial.


You will start working on the following research projects, to be followed up by new projects.



HOBBIT is a European project that aims to make benchmarking easier for companies and organizations who develop applications that make use of Big Linked Data, like SPARQL query engines, faceted browsing applications, graph stores with versioning, …

In this project, you will collaborate with researchers and developers from various universities and companies who are working in the domain of Semantic Web.



A collaborative project with parties from Ghent and Madrid in which the accessibility of public services and public transport will be improved by the use of Semantic Web technologies.

“Open” is the main driving factor in this project. Technologies will be developed to make services and public transport available as open knowledge at Web-scale.

This project will given you the opportunity to work together with Semantic Web researchers and Open Knowledge experts. All output from this project will become available in the public domain.





  • A master’s degree, preferably in Computer Science or Mathematics.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Proficient in programming.
  • Interest in Big / Linked Data, Open Knowledge and Semantic Web technologies.



  • Proficient in Java, JavaScript / Node.js.
  • A background in Big Data.
  • Knowledge about RDF, Semantic Web and related technologies.



  • Young, dynamic, and stimulating work environment.
  • A contract as full time (scientific) employee.
  • Start date: as soon as possible.
  • End date: 31/12/2017, the contract being yearly renewable.
  • The salary depends on your (scientific) working experience.
  • Contacts and collaboration with leading national and international research groups and companies.
  • Possibility to present research results at important international conferences.
  • Fringe Benefits: free public transport; biking fee for work traffic, use of sport facilities and entrance in student restaurants of Ghent University.
  • (Optional) Opportunity to pursue a PhD based on project research