Postdoctoral position in integrated urban and public transport planning

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Chalmers University of Technology

Location
Language
Gothenburg
English
Level
Type
Mid-senior level
Full-time
Profession
Deadline
Researcher
01.12.2021
Location
Language
Level
Type
Profession
Deadline
Gothenburg
English
Mid-senior level
Full-time
Researcher
01.12.2021

About Us

Chalmers is a highly progressive university situated in Gothenburg, Sweden. From this beautiful and dynamic part of the world we have become known locally and globally for education, research and innovation with a wide range of applications. Our goal is to focus on competence, knowledge and collaboration in order to play an important, demonstrable role in social development. Our role has a local, national and global perspective, and the overall goal is to contribute to a genuine conversion of society in accordance with our vision "Chalmers – for a sustainable future"​. We have two campuses, 17 departments, 200 research groups and around 11 000 students.

About the Role

We invite applications for a post-doctoral position in the Division of Urban design and Planning at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. As the postdoctoral researcher you will be responsible for interdisciplinary research aiming to develop an original design-support tool promoting the integration of urban and transport design and planning in practice, towards sustainable urban development. This work will include developing integrated public transport network analysis and street network analysis, testing its performance, and exploring applications in collaboration with practitioners. You will be part of the Spatial Morphology Group (SMoG), a research group engaged in urban research within the fields of urban morphology, urban analytics, space syntax and design theory. Information About The Department The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) represents a broad field of knowledge theory ranging from engineering science to social science to the humanities and design-based, artistic research. These different perspectives enable strong interdisciplinary development in this field and a broader discussion of different aspects of sustainability. Architects and planners need to handle these challenges in their daily practice and there is a great need for new knowledge within the field. In our research and education, three complementary knowledge traditions meet: - Practice based knowledge and generative methods, focusing on developing sustainable urban design and planning solutions; - Quantitative, analytical methods, focusing on describing effects of different urban strategies; and - Critical, interpreting methods, focusing on understanding the built environment in a broader societal context. The Division of Urban Design and Planning researches and educates in urban design and planning in all scales, from single urban spaces to larger urban landscape and entire regions, with its main focus on the built environment in relation to sustainable development. Cities and regions today are facing great challenges regarding sustainable development, with ongoing large scale urban development projects and a need to handle societal challenges such as climate change, urbanisation processes, increasing regional imbalance, segregation and gentrification processes. Information about the project The world is facing great challenges and with the majority of the world's population living in cities, urban planning and design play an increasingly important role for sustainable development. An important obstacle to achieve sustainable urban development is the current divide between urban planning and transport planning in both research and practice. To transform our cities towards sustainability, it is not enough to design walkable neighbourhoods, to increase public transport coverage and frequency, or to limit vehicular traffic and reduce emissions. These silo approaches run the risk of sub-optimising different transport systems separately, while not solving the conflicts created by their integration in real urban environments, nor taking advantage of their complementarity potentials, to promote more efficient, safe, inclusive, and sustainable multi- and intermodal mobility. The project “Developing a design-support tool to integrate urban and public transport planning towards sustainable urban development” takes a step forward in facilitating the integration of urban and transport planning by developing a design-support tool integrating public transport network models with street network models. The tool will build on and extend the state-of-the-art, including multimodal centrality and accessibility analysis, for modelling sustainable mobility patterns (i.e. walking / cycling and public transport) at different scales of movement. The Spatial Morphology Group has a long experience in modelling and analysing urban environment in relation to human mobility. It has conducted analytic and empirical studies within and across cities modelling pedestrian and bicycle movement, and multimodal urban and regional networks. Furthermore, the group has experience in developing analytic software and design support tools for urban designers (i.e. Urban Calculator, Place Syntax Tool, Space Syntax Toolkit). The position is funded by the Chalmers Area of Advance Transport and there will be opportunities for collaboration in relevant projects.

What You're Gonna Do

Major Responsibilities As the post-doctoral researcher, you will be the main researcher on the interdisciplinary research program: ‘Developing a design-support tool to integrate urban and public transport planning towards sustainable urban development’. This includes developing a design-support tool integrating public transport network models with street network models. The tool will build on and extend the state-of-the-art, including multimodal centrality and accessibility analysis, for modelling sustainable mobility patterns (i.e. walking / cycling and public transport) at different scales of movement. It also includes the construction and adaption of GIS-models, testing of new measures, perform spatial and statistical analysis, interpret and present analytical results. The post-doc position may also include contributing with teaching in relevant courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate program.

About You

To qualify for the post-doctoral position you must have a PhD in Urban design and planning, Transport planning, Computer science, Data Science, Geomatics, Urban Analytics or a related field. The degree should generally not be older than 3 years. You should have knowledge and experience of GIS for spatial analysis and mapping of urban environments, experience in transport network modelling and analysis and experience in data processing, statistical analysis and visualization. You will have knowledge and experience in programming in one (or more) of Python, R, SQL. Sound oral and written skills in English is a requirement. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses. Additional Merits Taken Into Account Are - Knowledge of urban form and configuration metrics and indicators, including space-syntax metrics. - Familiarity with GTFS data and/or other public transport data standards. - Experience with multi-modal transport accessibility packages, such as OpenTripPlanner or R5R. - Experience with open-source GIS software, geodatabases and/or geoweb development. - Experience with Github or equivalent. - Experience from research projects within the field of urban and/or transport planning - Experience in tool development

What We Offer

Contract terms Full-time temporary employment that should not start later than June 1st 2022. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1). We offer Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees. Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers. Application procedure The Application Should Be Sent Electronically And Be Attached As Pdf-files, As Below The application should be marked with Ref 20210454 and written in English. - 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: 1 December, 2021 For Questions, Please Contact Ioanna Stavroulaki, Docent-Senior researcher, Division of Urban Design and Planning Email: [email protected] Phone: +46 (0)729 62 68 30

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