KTH, School of architecture and the Built Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

The Division of Transport Planning is now seeking a well-qualified candidate for a two-year time limited, fulltime, postdoc starting Q1 2019. The position includes research in planning and optimization of public transport systems in collaboration with the senior researchers and PhD students at the division. Emphasis is on methodological development for optimizing large, complex public transport systems, encompassing system design, strategic and tactical planning and operations. Included in the position is also teaching up to 25% of fulltime.

What we offer

The candidate is offered the opportunity to work on cutting-edge transportation research in a dynamic international research environment in close collaboration with industry and universities worldwide. The chosen candidate will be a part of two research groups: the train transport group and the urban mobility group, within the Division of Transport Planning at the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ABE) at KTH.

The train transport group consists of approximately 10 researchers with specialist competence in simulation and optimization of rail operations, logistics, market and economy. Examples are traffic planning and market analyzes for both passenger and freight traffic, simulation and optimization models for rail line capacity and infrastructure planning. Cross-disciplinary cooperation within the KTH Railway Group provides synergies for research and education on railways and rail-based transport systems. The KTH Railway Group consists of eight research groups, each representing different parts of the rail system, most of which work with technical issues. The train traffic group is one of these eight subgroups.

The urban mobility group aims to tackle the challenges of congestion, crowding, and environmental impacts in urban transport systems through the development of methods based on statistical analysis, network modelling, computer simulation and optimization approaches. Research topics include modeling and evaluation of automated, demand-responsive and shared transport services, prediction and scenario-based traffic management, real-time control strategies of buses, and prediction and mitigation of public transport crowding. The group has strong connections to industry actors such as Scania, MTR and Keolis as well as local and national transport authorities, and engages in cross-disciplinary cooperation through for example KTH Integrated Transport Research Lab.

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We are looking for a candidate with a doctoral education (completed within the last five years, or to be completed before the commencement of the position). The ideal candidate has a strong scientific background in transport optimization and planning and has experience from modelling and programming. Suitable backgrounds include mathematical optimization, computer science, logistics, industrial economics or transport. The successful applicant should be strongly motivated and interested in methodological research, have the capability to work independently as well as in collaboration with members of the division, and have good communication skills.

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  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2018-2478
  • Erik Jenelius, Ph.D., Associate Professor, +46 (8)790 80 32, E-post: erik.jenelius@abe.kth.se
  • Markus Bohlin, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, +46(0)70787 66 08, E-post:markus.bohlin@abe.kth.se
Published 19.Dec.2018
Last application date 14.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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