Postdoc in Combined passenger and goods transportation in suburb traffic

Ref REF 2023-0607

We offer a great opportunity in an active and timely research area, with a competitive salary, a good work environment, and a beautiful Nordic city. The candidates will benefit from our many ongoing collaborations with academia and industry and the opportunities for further professional development. As the consortium plans to run a pilot study in practice, so the successful candidate will also have the chance to work on problems of great practical relevance.

Project description
This project proposes and demonstrates a novel system for integrated passenger and goods transport, consisting of flexible public transport with modular vehicles and last-mile travel/delivery service with active micromobility. Modular vehicles could flexibly change capacity by adjusting the number of connected and segregated cabins that carry either passengers or goods. The proposed system is compatible with current infrastructure, technically ready, and has great potential to reduce the use of or even replace private vehicles with comparable services. In this project, we focus on 1) business model development and demand matching of passengers and goods, 2) operational system design and optimization, 3) safety, social, and sustainable impacts analysis, and 4) proof of concept with field demonstration. We formulate the following tasks, that are associated with the Postdoc’s research.

1. Transit capacity optimization in real-time.
2. Vehicle routing for integrated passenger and goods transport.
3. Last mile system design and optimization within the proposed system.

The project is jointly funded by the European Union, Vinnova, and Chalmers University of Technology. The EU consortium includes partners from academia and industry from Austria, the UK, and Italy. Within Chalmers, the Postdoc will work with the Urban Mobility Systems Group (ACE) and the Automatic Control Group (E2).

Major responsibilities
The major responsibilities of the post-doc are to develop new methods, be active in the EU project, publish and present them, and be part of future proposal writing.

The applicant should have a PhD degree in transportation science, operations research, applied mathematics, computer science, systems and control, or similar topic. Excellent presentation skills, and fluency in English are required. Skills in operational research and integer optimization are essential, experience with machine learning and game theory are advantageous. You must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers).

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230634 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2023-12-10

For questions, please contact:
Jiaming Wu, Urban Mobility Systems, Division of Geology and Geotechnics, ACE

Balazs Kulcsar, Automatic Control Group, Systems and Control Division, E2

Minna Karstunen, Geology and Geotechnics, ACE

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


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