PhD scholarship in Human Energy Expenditure in Mobility – DTU Management

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Join our team and contribute to addressing key challenges faced worldwide, by paving the way for better decision-making in urban planning. You will be a part of 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. 

Human energy expenditure is a fundamental characteristic of cycling – cyclists must spend energy pedalling to make the bicycle move forward. However, minimal research has been conducted to understand the impacts of energy expenditure on behaviour. We aim to address this gap by developing a network model to describe individual-specific energy usage and corresponding route choice models that consider the unique aspects of human energy expenditure. These new insights will be utilised in various ways to explore the potential to improve public health and increase active mobility.

The scholarship is part of a Sapere Aude project, which is an excellence grant funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The academic team will consist of two postdocs, a PhD student (you), and senior experts from DTU and abroad.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The research team will be working closely together, and your primary tasks will be to: 

  • Process and analyze large-scale datasets concerning energy usage and cycling behavior, including geolocation data and biomarkers.
  • Assist in developing a disaggregate bicycle network model that embeds energy measures.
  • Develop state-of-the-art route choice models that offer novel insights into how energy expenditure influences traveler behaviour.
  • Apply the developed models to explore the potential to improve public health and increase active mobility.
  • Disseminate research results at conferences and write academic papers aimed at high-impact journals. 

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Ideally, you have a background in transport, economics, mathematics, data science, or a related discipline. Good programming skills are also an advantage. 

You should be fluent in English, both written and orally, and have good collaboration skills.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education . 

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 appointment terms 
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 3 years. 

Starting date is 1 April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter, and the position is a full-time position.

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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 . Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar ” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU. 

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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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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