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Scientific collaborator / Postdoc in shared mobility (80-100%)

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering (SoE) emphasises topics which we expect to be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with a focus on applications in energy, mobility, information and health.

The Institute for Data Analysis and Process Design is looking for an outstanding researcher, starting November 2020 or by individual arrangement, as
Scientific collaborator / Postdoc in shared mobility (80-100%)

Scientific collaborator / Postdoc in shared mobility (80-100%)

Your responsibilities will be

  • applied research in an Innosuisse funded research project
  • develop theoretically founded and practically tested algorithms for optimizing free-floating carsharing by user incentives
  • cooperate with industrial application partners for testing and implementing the algorithms in a concrete use case

The objective of the research project is to develop a novel methodology for setting state-based incentives for users in order to reduce operator-based redistribution costs in a free-floating car-sharing setting. We do this in a multidisciplinary approach combining operations research and social science approaches for developing an incentive system that is both attractive for users and cost-efficient for the provider.

The offered position covers the operations research part of the project and focuses on the development of efficient incentive control strategies, based on mathematical optimization. However, there will be intensive collaboration both with social scientists and with application partners. Interest and ability in working in such an environment is mandatory.

The successful candidate has a PhD or an excellent MSc in Operations Research, Computer Science, or traffic engineering. The position requires very good knowledge as well as experience in data-based modeling, optimization, statistical data analysis and simulation, preferably in the area of shared mobility solutions. A successful candidate has proven both a high scientific originality and excellence, and the ability to adapt the own solutions to the requirements of an industrial application case.

Good English language skills are mandatory, fluency in German is a strong asset. We expect very good communication skills and a high social competency.

Can we answer further questions?
For more information regarding the vacancy please contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Heitz, Tel. +41 58 934 78 16, Email: christoph.heitz@zhaw.ch.

Are you interested?
We are looking forward to receiving your application via online platform, attn Sarah Stüdli, Recruiting Manager: Cover letter indicating your motivation and expectations from this research, detailed CV, one page summary of your MSc degree, and contact information of two reference persons. Please note that applications will only be accepted when submitted via our platform.

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