PostDoc on Multi-objective Optimisation with Digital Twins

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Mar 2024

We invite applicants for a 2.5 year PostDoc position on multi-objective optimisation in urban areas as part of an international research project at Aarhus University (CITWIN –

). Within CITWIN, we will utilise and combine various tools and information sources from our project partners to create a digital shadow of urban environments. This digital shadow will be utilised for exploring optimal locations of transportation hubs based on various relevant objectives and providing feedback to public authorities and stakeholders in industry.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 2.5–year (30 month) position from 1. May 2024 or as soon possible.

Job description

You will join the team in Aarhus, Denmark on a research project with international partners from Sweden, Belgium, and Austria.
Within this project, we will perform multi-objective optimisation as well as impact and sensitivity analysis in the spatial environment.

Specifically, we will combine various tools and data sources from our partners to create a holistic digital shadow (i.e. up-to-date model of the urban environment) and utilise multi-objective optimisation to explore where changes in the urban environment can be applied how this affects the utilised metrics. We will provide a dedicated tool to support decisions and policymakers by ranking and recommending potential adaptations and link them to anticipated benefits for the 15-minute city.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or similar.

Expertise on multi-objective optimisation and software engineering.

Experience with software integration and interacting with various stakeholders (project partners) is a plus.

In addition, it is an advantage if the candidate has:

  • An ability to work as part of a team, especially in the context of software engineering, geographic information systems, and transportation.
  • Ability to develop software tools and integrate various data sources and tools from our partners.
  • Experience to present research results and communicate with stakeholders within as well as outside academia.
  • Publication experience.

Who we are

Electrical and computer engineering are closely related engineering disciplines that focus on the development of hardware and software for intelligent units and networks. This includes hardware at system and component levels as well as many different types of software for controlling electronic devices and networks.

The research areas within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section at Department of Engineering support the development within this area. The outcome greatly influences our daily lives as advanced technologies are incorporated into an increasing number of products, for example in industrial processes, at hospitals and in information infrastructures.

The place of work is Finlandsgade 22, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

What we offer

The department/centre offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a work environment encouraging lively, open and critical discussion
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance
Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is at Finlandsgade 22, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with affiliated institutions.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Associate Professor, Lukas Esterle, +45 22464893, [email protected]


Applications must be received no later than 5. March 2024.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the

Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation


The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here .

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here .

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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