PhD position: Shared Mobility and Public Transport Integration.

PhD position: Shared Mobility and Public Transport Integration.

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2 Nov 30 Nov Enschede

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Job description

Governments across the globe promote public transport and new shared modes of transport such as bike sharing, car-sharing and ride-pooling, to reduce car dependency and to develop a more sustainable urban transport system. The objective of the European research project ‘Seamless Shared Urban Mobility” (SUM Project) is to improve the competitiveness of these new shared modes of transport in combination with public transport systems, through policy, optimisation and technological interventions.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Management at the University of Twente has a PhD position within the SUM project. The PhD project focuses on examining solutions for improving the integration of combined public transport and new shared mobility services in cities. You will define the content of the PhD project in the first 6 months of the project together with your supervisors. Examples of topics that may be addressed include (but are not limited to):
  • The combined public transport and shared mobility service planning.
  • The use of behavioural data analytics to understand travel patterns in PT and shared mobility.
  • Analysis of the effects of public transport and shared mobility adoption on social welfare, social equity and spatial equity, among others.


University of Twente (UT)


  • MSc-level graduate in civil engineering, transport engineering, transport economics, econometrics, industrial engineering or related fields.
  • Excellent team member in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists.
  • Work and/or study experience in an interdisciplinary and international team/setting.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Strong interest in operating at the crossroads of different fields.
  • Proficient in written and oral English (C1; above IELTS 7 or equivalent)
  • Skilled in relevant fields for the position, such as data analysis, statistical analysis, optimization and quantitative transport modelling (e.g. travel behaviour, travel demand, network modelling).
  • Sound programming skills for numerical modelling.
  • Able to do independent research and willing to develop writing and publication skills.

Women are explicitly asked to apply for this position. This is part of the University of Twente’s strategy to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse, inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.

Conditions of employment

You will be employed by the Transport Systems Cluster, Department of Civil Engineering and Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, the University of Twente, in Enschede, The Netherlands.
  • We offer a full-time 4-year PhD-position, with excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment.
  • Collaborations with a dedicated, dynamic research team and external parties from several European countries involved in the SUM project.
  • The gross monthly salary will be ranging from € 2.770,00 (first year), increasing each year up to € 3.539,00 in the fourth year. Salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will have a minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours.
  • A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • We offer excellent fringe benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme, free access to sports facilities and a family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).

The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1509


University of Twente (UT)

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