Feb 1, 2011

Postdoctoral Associate – Behavioral Models for Land Use, Mobility and Energy and Resource Use (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre)

SMART is a major new research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF). SMART serves as an intellectual hub for international research collaborations, not only between MIT and Singapore, but also involving researchers from the region and beyond. At SMART, we identify and carry out research on critical problems of societal importance. SMART is a magnet attracting and anchoring global research talent, while simultaneously instilling and promoting a culture of translational research and entrepreneurship in Singapore. Four interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) have been established to date: BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSym), Centre for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM), Future Urban Mobility (FM) and Infectious Diseases (ID).

Postdoctoral Associate – Behavioral Models for Land Use, Mobility and Energy and Resource Use (Ref: IRG_FM_2011_001)
Future Urban Mobility Interdisciplinary Research Group

Project Overview:

To plan sustainable future urban mobility systems, we need a set of forecasting tools to help make well-informed, consistent assessments of future conditions under various scenarios. Behavioral models are at the heart of the approach. The objective is to develop state-of-the-art models to understand and forecast different behavioral rationales of households and firms.

Job description:

The postdoctoral associate on this project will work on developing integrated behavioral models of human and commercial activities, land use (land and real estate development decisions and firm and household location decisions), transportation, environmental impacts, and energy use.

This will involve:
• Developing a full understanding of the transportation system and the real estate market context and related institutional structure (land ownership and sale, property ownership, etc.)
• Developing a full inventory of the data needs and availability, and designing appropriate survey instruments for the collection of such data; and
• Model specification, estimation, and validation.

The models will form the core of the simulation platform, SimMobility, that will allow the research team to simulate the effects of a portfolio of technology, policy, and investment options under alternative future scenarios. Hence, there will be close collaboration between researchers developing the behavioral models and researchers incorporating these models within SimMobility.


• PhD with a focus in: Transportation, Behavioral Modeling, Economics, and/or Statistics
• Strong background in discrete choice, statistical analysis, and survey design
• Prior experience with statistical estimation software such as Gauss or R is desirable

To apply, please visit our open positions website at: http://smart.mit.edu/jobs-at-smart/current-open-positions.html

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