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Postdoc position in Urban design, Transport planning – Project “Towards holistic street design”


Post-doctoral position is available in the Division of Urban design and Planning at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. As the postdoctoral researcher you will be responsible for interdisciplinary research on sustainable planning and development, aiming to support holistic street design and assessment and promote the integration of urban design and traffic planning in practice.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired on
Joining Date: June 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Division of Urban design and Planning
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE)


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Qualification Details

To qualify for the post-doctoral position you must have a PhD in Architecture, Urban design, Planning, Traffic planning, or a related field. The degree should generally not be older than 3 years.

You should have knowledge of urban design and planning, including methods and theories in the field of urban morphology with an emphasis on quantitative methods (e.g. space syntax metrics). You should also have experience in GIS including spatial analysis and network modelling. Sound oral and written skills in English is a requirement. Chalmers also offers Swedish courses.

Additional merits taken into account are:

Practical experience in urban design, transport planning and/or traffic planning.

Knowledge of Swedish is a merit.

Responsibilities/Job Description

As the post-doctoral researcher, you will be the main researcher on the interdisciplinary research program: ‘Towards holistic street design. Showcasing integration potentials of urban design and traffic engineering guidelines in relation to the sustainable development agenda’.

This includes a comparative review of different street design and traffic guidelines, their effect on urban qualities and functions of social, economic and ecological nature, and the development of new holistic prototypes and guidelines.

The post-doc position will also include contributing with teaching in relevant urban design or engineering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate program at the Department of Architecture and Civil engineering.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: 20210455
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Documents Required

The application should be marked with Ref 20210455 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

• CV, include complete list of publications

• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences

• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)1-3 pages where you:

• Introduce yourself

• Describe your previous research fields and main research results

• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

About the Project

Urban design and transport planning are integral processes in urban development, synergetic in nature but often conflicting in application. For decades they followed parallel paths, separately evolved their concepts and methods, optimized and expanded their design guidelines, established best practices and universal standards. Despite of these advances in each field, the silo approaches and the predominance of traffic planning over urban design have caused a series of problems in urban areas (e.g. illegible, unsafe walking environments; infrastructure barrier effects; unattractive public spaces due to e.g. air and noise pollution; inefficient use of land resulting in high maintenance costs of public land and reduced revenues from development plans). This competition over urban space with different development agendas culminates in the street, the primary materialization of the interface between transport and urban development. For the sustainable development agenda, the street can play an important role by promoting multimodality and active travel, multifunctionality, accessibility to all, as well as environmentally friendly, viable, liveable and safe urban areas.

The project ‘Towards holistic street design. Showcasing integration potentials of urban design and traffic engineering guidelines in relation to the sustainable development agenda’ will facilitate an integration of these approaches through knowledge exchange and integration of two practices responsible for street design: urban design and traffic engineering. In light of the sustainable development directives and contemporary policy trends (e.g. promotion of active travel, lower speed limits, reduced car use), technologic innovations (e.g. self-driving cars) and new mobility solutions (e.g. e-scooters), the project will review street design typologies and guidelines from both disciplines, analyzing conflicts and synergies, and identifying the street variables that affect the sustainable development agenda most and are central to the divergence between urban design and traffic engineering. The project will also develop prototypes for holistic street design guidelines and propose a new holistic impact assessment method of streets.

The Spatial Morphology Group is engaged in urban research within the fields of urban morphology, space syntax, urban analytics and design theory. The group has a long experience in modelling and analysing urban environments in relation to human mobility and in assessing urban designs, focusing on streets and street configurations, in relation to pedestrian movement.

The position is funded by the Chalmers Area of Advance Transport and there will be opportunities for collaboration in relevant projects.

About the Department

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) represents a broad field of knowledge theory ranging from engineering science to social science to the humanities and design-based, artistic research. These different perspectives enable strong interdisciplinary development in this field and a broader discussion of different aspects of sustainability. Architects and planners need to handle these challenges in their daily practice and there is a great need for new knowledge within the field.

In our research and education, three complementary knowledge traditions meet:

- Practice based knowledge and generative methods, focusing on developing sustainable urban design and planning solutions;

- Quantitative, analytical methods, focusing on describing effects of different urban strategies; and

- Critical, interpreting methods, focusing on understanding the built environment in a broader societal context.

The Division of Urban Design and Planning researches and educates in urban design and planning in all scales, from single urban spaces to larger urban landscape and entire regions, with its main focus on the built environment in relation to sustainable development. Cities and regions today are facing great challenges regarding sustainable development, with ongoing large scale urban development projects and a need to handle societal challenges such as climate change, urbanisation processes, increasing regional imbalance, segregation and gentrification processes.

About the Employer: Chalmers University of Technology (CUT)

Note or Other details

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

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Contact details

Ioanna Stavroulaki, Docent-Senior researcher, Division of Urban Design and Planning
Email: Phone: +46 (0)729 62 68 30

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