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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Travel Behaviour Modelling for Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

University of Portsmouth - School of Mathematics and Physic

Location: Portsmouth
Salary: £35,845 to £39,152 Per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th January 2021
Closes: 24th January 2021
Job Ref: ZZ006565

Employment type: Fixed-term until June 2024

Interview date:  02 February 2021

The University of Portsmouth is a ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

Applications are invited for the position of a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) at the University of Portsmouth. The PDRF will work on the Future Transport Zone (FTZ) programme, a £28.75 million project funded by the Department for Transport to trial innovative and sustainable ways to move people and goods. This is a multidisciplinary project in collaboration with the University of Southampton and Solent Transport, comprising Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight Council, and Hampshire County Council. The University of Portsmouth will develop Mobility as a Service (MaaS) App in collaboration with a MaaS provider and investigate travel behaviour change to reduce private car usage, making travel journeys smarter and greener within the City of Portsmouth and the wider Solent area. The project aims to reduce environmental impacts of transport, improve air quality, tackle climate change and transform the Solent region into a better place to live and work.

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent research experience) in transport, travel behaviour modelling, discrete choice modelling, survey design, econometrics, and/or advanced data collection and handling techniques. Proficiency in survey design, and statistical modeling and analyses using software is also required. Ideally, you should have experience in dealing with industrial and/or governmental problem owners and decision makers. The applicants should show strong motivation for independent research, and the ability to work with academics, local authorities and stakeholders. Applicants should also be able to perform effectively under pressure and time constraints, possess good organisational and time management skills, pay close attention to detail, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

The PDRF will be responsible for taking a lead in the development and administration of travel behaviour surveys and analyses pre-launch (stated preference) and post launch (revealed preference). They will liaise with the academics at the University of Southampton, local authorities, and industrial partners involved in the project in order to achieve successful outcomes. The findings and models developed are expected to be of sufficient scientific novelty and application that they will lead to publications in leading transport scientific journals. The research fellow is also expected to disseminate the research findings at project meetings, international conferences, and industrial events. As an experienced researcher, they will be responsible for supporting general research activity at the University of Portsmouth and encouraging more junior researchers such as PhD students in their research work.

The University of Portsmouth is committed to building a culturally diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women and people from under-represented groups.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Prof. Djamila Ouelhadj (, mobile: +44 (0)7818453756 

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