Associate Professor in Optimisation in Transport Modelling

DTU Management Engineering
Friday 28 Sep 18

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DTU Management Engineering’s Transport Modelling Division invites applications for an appointment as Associate Professor in the area of Optimisation within Transport Modelling. The associate professorship is a permanent faculty position.

The Transport Modelling Division is a lively and research oriented group of scientists and support staff with a shared interest in understanding, mathematically and algorithmically representing, predicting, and analysing transport phenomena in perspectives that range from private to public transport, real-time operations to long term planning, classical mobility technologies to new “smart” mobility options. The group focus methodologically on network modelling, demand and machine learning for smart mobility.

Responsibilities and tasks
The aim of the new position is to expand the Department’s teaching and research in modelling focusing on making large-scale models more efficient and on integrating optimisation of transport systems within transport modelling, e.g. optimising public transport timetables with an integrated evaluation of passenger responses and societal benefits.

We seek ambitious candidates with a strong research focus in transport optimisation and -modelling based on computer science and operations research, and with an interest in bridging between the supply and demand modelling areas within the division.

We also envision the position to help expand the division’s research in application areas such as 

  • Development of integrated optimization and transport models for public transport, air transport or scheduled freight transport, possible including multi-modal transport
  • Development of combined machine learning and optimization models, where the dynamic optimization reacts to predictions, including uncertainty, potential feedback (e.g. supply reacting to demand, which reacts to supply…)
  • Developing efficient methods to solve transport network problems, e.g. train path allocation within railway network simulation models
  • Contributing to the overall architecture of large-scale transport models with the aim of making the solution algorithms more efficient, e.g. the Danish National Transport Model
  • Research into use of “new” type of data-sources for transport modelling, including e.g. smart card data, smartphone-based surveys, and combination of data-sources
The duties of the Associate Professor include research (including high-level publication/scientific dissemination and application for research grants), research-based teaching at both graduate and undergraduate level, and application of the research to public sector support and innovation. The particular position is also expected to outreach to the industry and public transport sector. 

All DTU's graduate courses are taught in English, and the division language is English, whereas most undergraduate courses are taught in Danish. Some of the industry outreach will benefit of Danish language skills. For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses for the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first 2-3 years.

Qualifications
Candidates must 
  • hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professorship
  • document didactic/pedagogic training  
The key qualification requirements are as follows  
  • Documented scientific production/publication and research potential
  • Ability and desire to contribute to the Divisions national and international collaborative efforts, including the dissemination of research results and research-based consultancy and innovation in society.
  • Teaching experience and good communication skills

Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to 

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

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 terms of employment
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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Otto Anker Nielsen, oani@dtu.dk, tel.: +45 4525 1514.

You can read more about DTU Management Engineering on www.man.dtu.dk/english

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 November 2018 (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: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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 350 employees, including around 70 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 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.