LSTS is looking for a motivated researcher to join its research unit on smart technologies for the energy sector, personal data protection law and energy regulation. As part of his or her duties, the researcher will be working on an ongoing innovation project funded by the Brussels Capital Region and concerning the development of a “participatory platform for energy efficiency” through the use of remote monitoring devices and the development of an online social network. The project develops in parallel in 4 European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen and Brussels.

In particular, the researcher will focus on:

- the legal and regulatory aspects of the project, based on the applicable EU and Belgian data protection legislative frameworks;

- helping in carrying out and implementing a data management plan and a data protection / privacy impact assessment for the project;

- supporting the development of the Brussels’ Pilot and Living Labs when the project will interact with citizens.

Applications, including a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, and 2 recent works: essay or excerpt from recent research or article written by the candidate, should be sent via email with the mention ‘smart energy – open position’ in the subject heading, to: by 30th December 2016. Interviews will take place in January. The initial duration of the position is 12 months, which may be extended to a later date, depending on availability of new funds/start of new projects.

If you are interested in learning more about the project on which you will be working or about working as researcher at LSTS-VUB, please visit the LSTS web-site or send us an email.


LSTS is often recruiting new researchers, mainly, but certainly not only, with a background in law. We consider a combination of disciplinary backgrounds and experiences as an important asset. If you are interested in research at pre-doctoral or at postdoctoral level, if our projects and topics do match your interests and feed your scientific appetite and if you are fluent in English, do not hesitate to send a CV and an open application letter to prof. Serge Gutwirth (apply here for Open Call). We are selecting candidates on a permanent basis and are making a shortlist with a view to contact them when their profile match with new vacancies that we can open. Thanks in advance!

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