PhD position: User-centric solutions for the transition to sustainable urban mobility

University of Twente
March 17, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 3.247
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Sustainable urban mobility is crucial to create liveable and efficient cities. Research on innovations is necessary to understand the needs and preferences of residents and create transportation solutions.

The PhD candidate will work within the Transport Engineering and Management Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, on the project ‘'User- centric solutions for the transition to sustainable urban mobility”. The position is associated with the Sector Plan Engineering program.

This PhD project examines:

  • The use of behavioural data analytics to understand travel patterns and develop targeted solutions to promote active modes and improve transportation efficiency.
  • (Multi-modal) accessibility modelling and equity analyses incorporating demand and supply characteristics of shared mobility services (e.g., micro-mobility, car sharing).
  • The user experience of emerging transport technologies in cities to encourage sustainable transportation options for different user groups, including non-digitally skilled. Mobile apps and digital platforms can provide real-time information on transportation options, such as public transportation schedules, bike-sharing locations, or the availability of car-sharing, carpooling/ridesharing, but are these options accessible for all citizens in our cities? And does this information drive behavioural change towards sustainable mobility?
  • New governance and business models of private and shared mobility services (station-based, free-floating, car sharing, carpooling and flexible mobility-activity hubs) to reduce car dependency and increase accessibility to opportunities in urbanized and less urbanized regions.
  • Your profile
  • MSc-level graduate in civil engineering, transport engineering and management, geo-information science, or related fields.
  • Excellent team member in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists.
  • 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 data analysis, statistical analysis, travel behaviour, quantitative transport modelling (e.g. travel demand, transport network modelling, accessibility analysis) and data analysis techniques (e.g., (spatial) data science, geo-visualisation).
  • 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 and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.

    Our offer

    We offer a full-time 4-year PhD-position, with excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment. We encourage high responsibility and independence while collaborating with colleagues, researchers, other university staff and partners. The gross monthly salary will be ranging from € 2.541,00 (first year), increasing each year up to € 3.247,00 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).

    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 17 March 2023 via the ‘'apply now” button below, including:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4), emphasizing specific interests, qualifications, motivations, and research ideas for the 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: prof. dr. Karst Geurs ([email protected]) or dr. Anna Grigolon ([email protected]).

    We plan to hold a round of interviews in the first two weeks of April 2023.

    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 Geurs, K.T. (Karst)

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    Geurs, K.T. (Karst)

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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.

    Step 2

    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.

    Step 4

    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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