Associate Professor in Optimisation in Transport Modelling



Job description

DTU Management Engineering’s Transport Modelling Division invites applications for an appointment as Associate Professor in the area of Optimisation within Transport Modelling. The associate professorship is a permanent faculty position.

The Transport Modelling Division is a lively and research oriented group of scientists and support staff with a shared interest in understanding, mathematically and algorithmically representing, predicting, and analysing transport phenomena in perspectives that range from private to public transport, real-time operations to long term planning, classical mobility technologies to new “smart” mobility options. The group focus methodologically on network modelling, demand and machine learning for smart mobility.

Responsibilities and tasks

The aim of the new position is to expand the Department’s teaching and research in modelling focusing on making large-scale models more efficient and on integrating optimisation of transport systems within transport modelling, e.g. optimising public transport timetables with an integrated evaluation of passenger responses and societal benefits.

We seek ambitious candidates with a strong research focus in transport optimisation and -modelling based on computer science and operations research, and with an interest in bridging between the supply and demand modelling areas within the division.

We also envision the position to help expand the division’s research in application areas such as

  • Development of integrated optimization and transport models for public transport, air transport or scheduled freight transport, possibly including multi-modal transport
  • Development of combined machine learning and optimization models, where the dynamic optimization reacts to predictions, including uncertainty, potential feedback (e.g. supply reacting to demand, which reacts to supply…)
  • Developing efficient methods to solve transport network problems, e.g. train path allocation within railway network simulation models
  • Contributing to the overall architecture of large-scale transport models with the aim of making the solution algorithms more efficient, e.g. the Danish National Transport Model
  • Research into use of “new” type of data-sources for transport modelling, including e.g. smart card data, smartphone-based surveys, and combination of data-sources

The duties of the Associate Professor include research (including high-level publication/scientific dissemination and application for research grants), research-based teaching at both graduate and undergraduate level, and application of the research to public sector support and innovation. The particular position is also expected to outreach to the industry and public transport sector.

How to apply

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Application deadline: 15 November 2018.

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimization of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models, and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive, and sustainable organization and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 350 employees, including around 70 PhD students. More than 20% of our employees are from abroad and a total of 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department. 

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.