PhD scholarship in Modelling Cyclist Safety

DTU Management Engineering
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DTU Management Engineering is seeking excellent candidates for a PhD scholarship in the area of cyclist safety and statistical modelling. The PhD student will be attached to the division of Transport Modelling. The division includes three research groups: Network Modelling, Machine Learning, and Demand Modelling. The PhD student will be affiliated with the Demand Modelling group, and the research will be carried out in close collaboration with the Human Factor group located in the division of Technology and Innovation Management. Further, collaboration with Centre for Transport Analytics (CTA) and relevant national and international stakeholders is expected.

The purpose of the scholarship is to contribute to high-level research in the area of traffic safety with focus on bicycle accidents, how to model these using statistical models and how to assess its associated costs for society. This involves predictions in the geography, by accident and social characteristics. An additional objective is to identify the social perceived cost of accidents from the point of view of the cyclist and to derive the effect on quality-of-life and how this relate to the social cost for society.

Responsibilities and tasks
With this scholarship, the department wants to strengthen its capabilities in high-level research, teaching and public sector consultancy within accident modelling. We are seeking candidates, who are committed to high quality research, will impact the field, and can interact effectively with scholarly and industry peers.

As part of the PhD study, the candidate is expected to collaborate with external stakeholders and contribute to the wider knowledge exchange with society at large.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering, statistics, mathematic or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Quantitative modelling skills are preferable.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD study is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the PhD programmes at DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

A committee headed by Professor Jeppe Rich will assess the applicants. In the assessment, consideration will be given to the candidates’ competences in: 

  • Statistical and mathematical modelling
  • Interest in traffic safety and modelling of accidents
  • Data handling and analytics skills.
  • Survey design (qualitative/quantitative questionnaires).
  • English and one of the Scandinavian languages (spoken and written).

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for 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 an 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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace is at DTU´s Lyngby Campus; however, a half-year-stay at a foreign university is expected.

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Further information
Further information can be obtained from Post Doc Kira Hyldekær Janstrup, tel.: +45 4525 6526,; Associate Professor Stefan Eriksen Mabit, tel.: +45 4525 1510,; Professor Jeppe Rich, tel.: +45 45251514,

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Please submit your online application no later than 1 June 2018 12:00 PM (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimization of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organization and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production, and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and 68 PhD students. More than 20% of our employees are from abroad and a total of 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.