Postdoc Researcher: Integrating Geo and BIM

Description of the position

The Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) has funded a postdoc position in our research group to integrate data from two main information domains that maintain and collect (3D)data about the built environment: BIM (building information modelling) and Geographic Information (Geo). The project aims to develop a fundamental solution to integrate models of single buildings and construction sites (BIM) with models of complete urban areas (Geo). The solution will allow us to access BIM data from Geo applications and access geo data in BIM applications.

The task of the postdoc is to analyse the data requirements from a few selected use cases: what data do BIM-professionals need and what data do Geo-professionals need to accommodate the workflows and applications of the use cases? From those data requirement analyses, the postdoc will design and prototype interoperability solutions.

The postdoc does not need to start from scratch. Together with users and stakeholders from both domains we have collaborated in a GeoBIM project in 2017 in which an automated conversion from BIM to Geo was partly developed. The postdoc will build on these results and continue our collaboration with national and international stakeholders, with national and international academia and with national and international standardisation bodies.

We are looking for a researcher with a PhD in a field related to 3D Geoinformation (geomatics, geography, computer science, GIS, urbanism, or a comparable subject).

The position is open immediately until filled, and is initially limited to one year.

Research group

The 3D geoinformation research group, part of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology, focuses on the technologies underpinning geographical information systems (GIS), and aims at designing, developing, and implementing better systems to model 3D cities, buildings and landscapes. It is a multidisciplinary group of around 20 people, including computer scientists, geomatics engineers, and geographers; 3 of them are tenured staff (1 professor, 1 associate-professor, and 1 assistant-professor). It has a history of successful collaborations with the industry and the government: its research has led to open source software, standards, and patents for the management of 3D geographic information.

The position is open immediately until filled and is initially limited to one year.

Job requirements

We are looking for a researcher with a PhD in a field related to 3D Geoinformation and/or BIM (geomatics, BIM, geography, computer science, GIS, urbanism, or a comparable subject). The candidate is willing to, and has affinity with, working in multi‐disciplinary teams in an international oriented environment. Applicants must be strongly motivated for post-doctoral studies and show the ability to publish their work in scientific journals. The candidate should have an affinity for programming. The ability to develop prototypes and software is an advantage. In addition, she/he should possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis, and also possesses good cooperation and communication abilities in English.

What we offer

The position is for 1 year and the starting gross salary will be in the range €2,476 up to €3,908 depending on the experience of the candidate. TU Delft also offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package.

How to apply

To apply, please submit:

  • a detailed CV and a letter of application,
  • the name of two referees,
  • copies of MSc/PhD diplomas and grades obtained,
  • proof of English competencies (if applicable),
  • PhD thesis and all publications you have authored (a URL to a PDF is fine).

Please email your application material to Caro Coemans ( and refer to vacancy number BK2017-19.

For more information about this position, please contact directly Prof. Dr Jantien Stoter (