PhD position: Shared Mobility and Public Transport Integration.

University of Twente
November 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2.770
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Governments across the globe promote public transport and new shared modes of transport such as bike sharing, car-sharing and ride-pooling, to reduce car dependency and to develop a more sustainable urban transport system. The objective of the European research project ‘Seamless Shared Urban Mobility” (SUM Project) is to improve the competitiveness of these new shared modes of transport in combination with public transport systems, through policy, optimisation and technological interventions.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Management at the University of Twente has a PhD position within the SUM project. The PhD project focuses on examining solutions for improving the integration of combined public transport and new shared mobility services in cities. You will define the content of the PhD project in the first 6 months of the project together with your supervisors. Examples of topics that may be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • The combined public transport and shared mobility service planning.
  • The use of behavioural data analytics to understand travel patterns in PT and shared mobility.
  • Analysis of the effects of public transport and shared mobility adoption on social welfare, social equity and spatial equity, among others.
  • Your profile
  • MSc-level graduate in civil engineering, transport engineering, transport economics, econometrics, industrial engineering or related fields.
  • Excellent team member in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists.
  • Work and/or study experience in an interdisciplinary and international team/setting.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Strong interest in operating at the crossroads of different fields.
  • Proficient in written and oral English (C1; above IELTS 7 or equivalent)
  • Skilled in relevant fields for the position, such as data analysis, statistical analysis, optimization and quantitative transport modelling (e.g. travel behaviour, travel demand, network modelling).
  • Sound programming skills for numerical modelling.
  • Able to do independent research and willing to develop writing and publication skills.
  • Women are explicitly asked to apply for this position. This is part of the University of Twente's strategy to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse, inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.

    Our offer

    You will be employed by the Transport Systems Cluster, Department of Civil Engineering and Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, the University of Twente, in Enschede, The Netherlands.

  • We offer a full-time 4-year PhD-position, with excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment.
  • Collaborations with a dedicated, dynamic research team and external parties from several European countries involved in the SUM project.
  • The gross monthly salary will be ranging from € 2.770,00 (first year), increasing each year up to € 3.539,00 in the fourth year. Salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will have a minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours.
  • A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • We offer excellent fringe benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme, free access to sports facilities and a family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities.

    Information and application

    As a PhD candidate, you will be enrolled in the Twente Graduate School (TGS). The work location is Enschede.

    Please submit your application before November 20, 2023 via the ‘'apply now” button below, including:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4), emphasizing specific interests, qualifications, motivations, and research ideas for this PhD project.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including an overview of all courses attended and grades obtained, references.
  • A short description (maximum 1-page A4) of your MSc research.
  • For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact: Associate Professor Alejandro Tirachini ([email protected]) or Professor Eric van Berkum ([email protected]

    The first round of selection interviews is scheduled for November 29-30, 2023 and interviews can be held through Microsoft Teams. A second round of in- person interviews may be scheduled if necessary.

    About the organisation

    The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more Tirachini, A. (Alejandro)

    Associate Professor

    Tirachini, A. (Alejandro)

    Associate Professor

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    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

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    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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  • Berkum, E.C. van (Eric)
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  • Eikenbroek, O.A.L. (Oskar)
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