Research Assistant in Traffic Psychology

DTU Management Engineering
torsdag 13 sep 18

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DTU Management Engineering invites for applications for a research assistant position in the area of traffic psychology. The research assistant will be attached to the division of Technology and Innovation Management. The division is organised within four research groups: Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship; Industrial Dynamics and Strategy; Ethics of Technology, and Human Factors. The research assistant will be affiliated with the Human Factors group, but a number of tasks will be carried out in collaboration with Transport DTU and relevant national and international stakeholders.

The research assistant will be working in the field of traffic psychology with a particular focus on road user behaviour and safety related issues. Cognitive psychology and/or social psychology are key approaches in the area but a number of different theoretical approaches to explaining and predicting human behaviour may be relevant depending on the specific problem that needs to be addressed.

Responsibilities and tasks
The research assistant is expected to support research based public sector consultancy in the area of road user behaviour and road safety. The research assistant will be involved in different tasks such as supporting the development of research based solutions to current and expected future challenges and providing research based evaluations of suggested changes and interventions in the area. Further, the research assistant will be included in ad hoc and long-term interaction with relevant national and international stakeholders as well as tasks to ensure a wider knowledge exchange with society.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in psychology, engineering or equivalent.

You must have a strong interest in providing research based high quality public sector consultancy on a broad range of topics and to contribute to the wider knowledge exchange with society at large. Proven abilities to conduct research based public sector consultancy as well as proven abilities to disseminate research results to a broad audience of stakeholders written and orally is an advantage.

We also consider the following personal competencies: 

  • You have excellent communication skills, fluent written and oral Danish. English language skills are required at a level where you are able to communicate (written and orally) with relevant Danish stakeholders about complex issues.
  • You have the ability to work results-driven and effectively towards external and self-imposed deadlines.
  • You have the ability to learn fast and an interest in providing an overview of a new and complex field.
  • You are driven by an interest in exploring and develop research based solutions to safety related problems in the area of road safety and human behavior.
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork and take personal responsibility for your work.

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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years, starting from November 2018.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Mette Møller, tel.: +45 4525 6537,; Professor John Paulin Hansen, tel.: +45 4046 9626,   

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 October 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc)

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 340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and 68 PhD students. More than 20% of our employees are from abroad and in all 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.