PhD Student Position in Spatial Mobility Analytics
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (UZH) invites applications for a fully funded PhD student position in the area of Spatial Mobility Analytics.
The PhD project will be supervised by Prof. Robert Weibel and Dr. Cheng Fu and will be situated in one of the focus areas of our group’s research in spatial mobility analytics, including big mobility data analytics for urban applications, deep learning for place function modeling, mobility analytics for health applications, or movement simulation in animal ecology. The precise topic of the PhD project will be determined with the PhD student as part of the PhD process. For each of the possible focus areas, a set of initial research objectives and questions has been identified, but the successful candidate will be expected to develop and refine these further. The PhD project will have a strong methods-oriented focus, but will be linked to related research projects which we carry out in collaboration with partners in relevant related disciplines. The methods used will be predominantly computational, and depend on the focus that will be chosen for the PhD project, ranging from spatial data mining, to machine or deep learning, spatial statistics, or agent-based models. The position also involves teaching assistant duties in a small capacity.
We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with a passion for science, and with an independent, efficient and effective work style. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree (including a thesis) in Geography, GIScience, Computer Science, Data Science, or a related field. A strong background in quantitative data analysis, computational modeling, and programming is a prerequisite. Ideally, the candidate also has experience in spatial data analysis, machine/deep learning, and/or agent-based modeling. The successful applicant will also have a profound interest in collaborating in an interdisciplinary research team. Excellent written and strong spoken English communication skills are mandatory. Knowledge of German is considered an asset.
What we offer
We offer full funding for a four-year PhD project in the structured PhD program of our Graduate School (link), outstanding working conditions including travel and equipment funds, a stimulating intellectual environment with several related research groups in our department and beyond, and Zurich’s high quality of life.
Start of employment
September 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Further information and application
Please apply online at https://apply.mnf.uzh.ch/position/10256385 by uploading PDF documents containing
1) cover letter emphasizing motivation to apply, incl. preferred focus areas (1 page max.)
2) curriculum vitae, including
- contacts of two referees
- if available, access information to repositories that showcase your programming in an academic context, for example your GitHub portfolio
3) transcripts of academic degrees
4) summary of the MS/MA thesis (2 pages max.)
The position is available until filled (first deadline: May 31, 2021). Applications from women and under-represented groups are especially encouraged.