Senior GI Educational Expert


Applications should be submitted online:

Candidatures until 6/12/2017

The Spatial Applications Division Leuven (SADL) is an R&D-Division of KU Leuven. SADL was created with the aim to bundle the applied research, the professional training and the scientific consultancy of KU Leuven, in the Geographic Information Systems (GI/GIS), the Earth Observation (EO) and the Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) fields.

SADL envisages the combination and integration of the technological and non-technological expertise (data and databases, information systems, applications, remote sensing) with the scientific insights and knowledge in the following – interconnected – domains in a Flemish, Belgian, European and Global context:

  • Mobility, Traffic and Transport related issues;

  • Agriculture and Environment, and the interaction between both;

  • Planning and management of urban and rural areas;

  • Ground and surface water management;

  • Social economic phenomena (e.g. tourism, housing).

Moreover, SADL is involved in the development and maintenance of SDI, among others in support of the implementation of the European INSPIRE Directive. In that context, SADL is engaged in standardization bodies such as OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) and ISO/TC 211 & CEN/TC 287.

In all its activities, the transfer of know-how through the development of training programmes and educational projects is of utmost importance.

For more information on the activities of SADL, see:


As senior scientific staff with a background and interest in GI and education, you will become responsible for a series of educational and training activities in the field of GI, SDI and EO. You will contribute to and lead work packages of several European Erasmus+ projects and also be responsible for the GI training programme of SADL itself (fixed and ‘on-demand’). Activities include, but are not limited to: the further development of an ontology-based Body of Knowledge on GI and EO, the design of vocational training curricula, the organization of and participation in training actions, the development of knowledge and skill strategies for GI and EO, etc.

Several Erasmus+ projects are running or will start early 2018 for which we need support. The biggest one is EO4GEO, an Erasmus+ space/geospatial sector skills alliance with 26 European partners aiming to support the Copernicus user uptake. In this project, KU Leuven is the scientific and technical leader overviewing, coordinating and contributing to the work related to the sector skills strategy; the development of the Body of Knowledge for GI and EO; the development of a collaborative learning platform with tools for curricula design, job profiles description and the use of Copernicus data and services and many other tasks. The other Erasmus+ projects relate to the development of SDI curricula for universities and Lifelong Learning (LLL) programmes in the Western Balkan (BESTSDI), and the testing of a case-based learning methods in which the collaboration between academia and private companies or public sector bodies is set-up as a learning process using techniques for the co-creation of knowledge (giCASES).

Your work is performed in Leuven, but travel to European project meetings might be required.

Profile: Senior GI educational expert

  • You have a passion for education and Geographic Information (Technology);

  • You are keen to learn and test new environments and new methods;

  • You have a university degree (e.g. Master in Geography, bio-engineer, Master computer sciences) or an equivalent degree from another higher education department;

  • Having a PhD is an added value, but not a must;

  • You have at least 5 years working experience

  • You have some experience with educational and training activities, preferably in the GI sector;

  • You can think and work strategically and in a structured way, with a view on future (technological and non-technological) developments;

  • You have some experience to lead and coordinate smaller teams to conduct work together resulting in tangible outputs (report, tools, data, …);

  • Knowledge of existing Bodies of Knowledge such as the BoK for GI S&T, PMBoK … is an added value;

  • You are fluently reading, talking and writing in English. Knowledge of the Dutch or French language is an added value, but not a must;

  • You are willing to work in a flexible working environment and are able to handle deadlines in a project context.


  • Statute of scientific collaborator of KU Leuven
  • Contract of fixed duration, but extensions are possible
  • Travel and insurance costs, costs for meetings in Belgium and project related costs are covered
  • An informal and motivating work environment in which scientific and societal challenges meet each other.

Interested or want more information?

Contact Danny Vandenbroucke – (0486-71.35.73)