Postdoc in transportation studies

Postdoc in transportation studies


This postdoc position will allow making key contributions to the field of sustainable long-distance mobility. It is a 1-year position with good opportunities for a 1-year extension. The position is at Chalmers in Gothenburg but due to the Corona pandemic most of the work can be carried out placed anywhere.

Information about the project and the division
Air travel has a high climate impact compared to other transport modes. The background of the project is that there is a strong interest among the public and policy makers for improving the possibilities for international train trips. The focus in this study is to analyze which changes that would be necessary if train travel shall take a significant market share for trips from Sweden to other European countries in the future, e.g. regarding central consumer decision factors such as price (in relation to air travel), travel times and level of comfort on night trains. 

This project is linked to both the Mistra Sustainable Consumption programme where vacation practices is a focus area and the Vinnova project "Towards climate neutral long-distance travel in 2045". This means that the position involves working in an interdisciplinary project group with researchers from different Swedish universities.

The postdoc will be placed at Chalmers, the division of Physical Resource Theory which carries out research and education about potential solutions to our major environmental challenges, e.g. global warming and sustainable use of land. The division focuses on research in the field of technical and socio-economic systems addressing the challenges involved in the transition into a sustainable and low carbon society for a growing population, where a range of different quantitative and qualitative methods can be applied on our research topics. The ambition is to build challenge-driven scientific excellence by crossing traditional boundaries and increase the level of multi-disciplinarity in research. The division has around 50 staff members, faculty and PhD-students with diverse expertise, including engineers, natural and social scientists.

Major responsibilities
The postdoc will mainly be responsible for developing the research design and writing a scientific article on long-distance train-based transportation. The core method for this will be quantitative analysis, preferably some form of choice modelling. The project will also involve expert interviews e.g. regarding mapping planned rail investments and their consequences in travel time.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is 1 year, with good opportunities for a 1-year extension.

To qualify you must have a PhD related to transport studies and/or choice modelling, but we are open for applicants from different fields, e.g. engineering, economics or mathematics. A good competence in quantitative research is mandatory and it is a merit to have specific competencies in choice modelling. Excellence in English is mandatory and knowledge in Swedish and German is a merit.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg. 
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20200492 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

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.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 29 November, 2020

For questions, please contact:
Jörgen Larsson, Senior researcher

*** 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!


  • Arbetsplats: Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB
  • 1 plats
  • 6 månader eller längre
  • Heltid
  • Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön
  • Publicerat: 29 oktober 2020
  • Ansök senast: 29 november 2020


412 96 Göteborg 41296 Göteborg


Chalmersplatsen 4
Göteborg, 41296

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