Postdoc on Activity Based Modeling in the Digital Era

Postdoc on Activity Based Modeling in the Digital Era

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21 Dec 1 Mar Eindhoven

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Job description

Are you eager to contribute to advancing the knowledge regarding the impact of teleworking and online-shopping on citizens travel behavior and as such on transportation demand in the living environment? Are you interested to support policy makers in drafting strategies and plans in order to use the digitalization of society in the benefit of citizens living environment?

In the last few decades, digitalization has impacted many sectors such as commerce, mobility and businesses. It is not clear to what extent the trend would continue in the future and how it would impact the transport demand and eventually supply in cities. Would they reduce congestion and emission or people replace the omitted trips with other types of travel demand. This project intends therefore to shed light on the potential of teleworking and online shopping for the mobility in the Netherlands. This is done by designing dedicated stated choice experiment.  A series of discrete choice models will be estimated on the basis of the collected data so that the probability of either type of activities (online vs. physical) will be estimated.  The results of the estimated models will be concatenated with the Dutch activity based model (Albatross) so the impact of online-shopping and teleworking on origin-destination matrix will be understood.

The project is funded by the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and water management and requires preparation of a series of deliverables.  The results of the project will contribute to the knowledge of the cities authorities regarding the future of Dutch citizens mobility pattern in light of digitalization of activities. By such knowledge informed planning and policies can be drafted to exploit the digitalization in the benefit of quality of living environment.

The research will be done in Urban Planning and Transportation Group.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • Motivated researcher, with deep knowledge of stated choice experiment design, discrete choice models, activity based models and agent based simulation.
  • In possession of programming skills
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, reflected in demonstratable outputs.
  • A team player who enjoys coaching PhD and Master's students and working in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team.
  • A proven ability to manage complex projects to completion on schedule.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) proficiency in English, good communication and leadership skills.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Part-time employment for 14 months. 
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities,
    scale 10.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V38.6197


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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