Post-Doc for the Digital Twin of the Swiss Mobility System

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 20 Jan 2022

Post-Doc for the Digital Twin of the Swiss Mobility System

The Center of Sustainable Future Mobility (CSFM)  has been recently established with the aim to promote research that foster the realization of a sustainable transportation system from an environmental, social, and economic perspective. The center will serve as the entry point for external partners as well as coordination unit for interdisciplinary research and partnerships around the challenges of future mobility.

Project background

To support research and policy making we envisage the creation of a field-specific Digital Twin of Switzerland and its interactions with its neighbours building on the data sets and models available to different projects within the CSFM community. It will make the unique role and contribution of the center to the society visible, but more importantly it will allow the different groups to build on a high-quality base for their individual and joint research. Examples of such overarching discussions, research which can profit from such a well-documented and regularly updated digital twin could be for example:

  • Co-optimization of traffic flows with charging stations, e-catenary system corridors, hydrogen logistics, other relevant infrastructure, etc.
  • Empirical insights from behaviour/decision making of consumers/investors on mobility related matters.

The digital twin will focus in the first instance on the population of persons and firms, their preferences, transport and energy networks and timetables, service providers and their fleets, land use patters and travel behaviours. The maintenance of the digital twin will require on-going work and research for the necessary data pipelines. The interaction with the relevant external data partners will be central to its success. 

Job description

Main responsibilities:

  • Maintain an overview of “digitial twin” activities related to mobility, transport and vehicles at ETH and other institutions
  • Define the initial scope of the CSFM digital twin “CH on the move
  • Establish and advance the CSFM digital twin “CH on the move” by research and software development to automate and replicate the data cleaning, fusion and generation processes
  • Establish the processes to share the data integrated in the CSFM digital twin “CH on the move”, especially elements protected by confidentiality
  • Maintain an open-source code base, preferably in R, Python and Java/Julia
  • Establish and run a network to exchange information and code within related ETH groups

We offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Part-time integration in an active research group of your preference among the CSFM members

Your profile
  • PhD demonstrating strong relevant experience in data science and in the parts of the subject domain
  • Fluent English and German
  • Experience with open-access software projects would be desirable

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in
science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education,
cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge
into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our
university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an
environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe,
yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to
develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Relevant certificates 

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Center of Sustainable Future Mobility can be found on our website . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Gloria Romera, email (no applications).

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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