Postdoc in Human Energy Expenditure in Mobility – DTU Management

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We are seeking an ambitious candidate to join our research team as a Postdoctoral researcher. You will play a key role in a cutting-edge research project, “Human energy expenditure in mobility”, focused on understanding and modelling cycling behaviour with a unique emphasis on human energy considerations. As part of your role, you will be responsible for developing a disaggregate network model to describe individual-specific energy usage of cyclists.

Human energy expenditure is a fundamental characteristic of cycling – we must spend energy pedalling to make the bicycle move. Very little research has however been put into developing network and behavioural models that take the unique aspects of human energy expenditure into account. To address this gap, the research project will formulate a novel modelling paradigm that directly incorporates energy considerations into the modelling framework. This will involve the development of a network model and corresponding route choice models to capture cyclist behaviour. We will utilise these new insights in various ways to explore the potential to improve public health and increase active mobility.

The project is a Sapere Aude project, which is an excellence grant funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. In addition to you, the project team will consist of another postdoc, a PhD student, and senior experts from DTU and abroad. The other postdoc will have primary focus on developing the behavioural models (see advertisement: Postdoc in Human Energy Expenditure in Transport Behaviour Modelling ).

Responsibilities and qualifications
The research team will be working closely together, and you will be our expert in the development of the network model describing energy expenditure. Your primary tasks will be to: 

  • Process and analyse large-scale datasets related to energy usage and cycling (e.g., geolocation data and biomarkers).
  • Develop a disaggregate bicycle network model embedding energy measures using methods from physics/sports science and network science.
  • Calibrate and validate the proposed network model using large-scale datasets.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary research team to develop and refine energy-based cycling behavioural models.
  • Engage in scenario exploration and conduct analyses to explore and demonstrate the novel capabilities of the developed models.
  • Publish research findings in high-impact journals and present results at conferences.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in physics, sport science, transport, mathematics, data science, network science, or a related discipline.

You should have a good understanding of statistical modelling, data analysis, and computational techniques. Preferably, you should also have experience with network modelling, possess knowledge of the fundamentals of human energy calculations, and have an interest in the intersection of transport, physics, and sports science. Strong programming skills are also needed, including proficiency in Python. 

Furthermore, you should have demonstrated the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a research team. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and terms of employment 
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

The period of employment is 2 years. The starting date is 1 March 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Thomas Kjær Rasmussen ([email protected] ). You can read more about DTU Management at .

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Application procedure 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 January 2024 (23:59 Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About the department
You will be working in the Transportation Systems Modelling section belonging to the Transportation Science division of the Department of Technology, Management and Economics (DTU Management) at DTU. The division conducts research and teaching in the field of traffic and transport planning, with particular focus on behaviour modelling, machine learning and simulation. 

DTU Management conducts high-level research and teaching with a focus on sustainability, transport, innovation, and management science. Our goal is to create knowledge on the societal aspects of technology - including the interaction between technology and sustainability, business growth, infrastructure, and prosperity. Therefore, we explore and create value in the areas of management science, innovation and design thinking, business analytics, systems and risk analyses, human behaviour, regulation and policy analysis. The department offers teaching from introductory to advanced courses/projects at BSc, MSc and PhD level. The Department has a staff of approximately 350 people.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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