Research Fellow in Air Travel Choice Modelling

Do you have an established background in advanced choice modelling? Do you have expertise in modelling air-travel choices and/or the willingness-to-pay for emerging green-transport technologies? Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?

We are looking for a committed, highly motivated and innovative individual with strong choice modelling skills to join the multidisciplinary research team of the EPSRC funded research project Towards Zero Carbon Aviation (ToZCA) which has members from University College London and University of Southampton in addition to members of the University of Leeds.
As a member of the team, you will be working with Dr Charisma Choudhury on collecting data and developing advanced air travel choices in the context of cleaner aircrafts. Particular focus will be on incorporating the effects of ‘soft-factors’ (e.g. attitudes and perceptions, social norms) in the context of technology adoption and sustainable travel on the air travel choice models.
The post is based at Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) with cross-university collaborations through the Choice Modelling Centre (CMC) and Priestly Centre for Climate Change.

Salary: Grade 7 (£37,304-£40,927)
Due to funding constraint s an appointment will not be made above £37,467 p.a
Reference: ENVTR1144
Fixed term until 31 October 2024 – due to external funding.

We will consider job share flexible working arrangements.

What does the role entail?
– As a Research Fellow, your main duties will include:
Working with Dr Charisma Choudhury in successful execution of the Air Travel Behaviour Modelling component of the research project ToZCA;
– Generating and pursuing original research ideas cognate to developing advanced air travel choice models that accounts for ‘soft factors’;
– Leading the collection of qualitative and quantitative data to support the attainment of the research objectives;
– Willingness to travel within the UK and internationally for training and dissemination events. This includes potential 2-3 weeks research visits in China, India and Sweden for collection of qualitative data;Evaluating methods and techniques used and results obtained by other researchers and to relate such evaluations appropriately to your own work;
– Preparing papers for publication in leading international journals and disseminating research results through other recognised forms of output;
– Working both independently and also as part of a larger team of researchers, engaging in knowledge-transfer activities where appropriate and feasible;
– Supporting the management of the project (e.g. coordination with the local and international project partners, etc.);
– Maintaining your own continuing professional development and acting as a mentor to less experienced colleagues as appropriate;
– Contributing to the training of postgraduate students, including assisting with the supervision of projects in areas relevant to the project.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What will you bring to the role?
As a Research Fellow you will have:
– A PhD in Choice Modelling (or close to completion);
– A strong track record of developing and refining state-of-the-art modelling techniques including modelling the effects of attitudes, perceptions and social norms;
– Experience in designing stated preference surveys and developing advanced choice models with the collected data;
– A good understanding of air travel choices;
– A track record of peer-reviewed publications in international journals;
– Computer programming skills in the context of model estimation;
– Good time management and planning skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines, manage competing demands and work effectively under pressure without close support;
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills including presentation skills;
– A proven ability to work well both individually and in a team;
– A strong commitment to your own continuous professional development.

You may also have:
– Experience of conducting interdisciplinary research and working in multidisciplinary teams;
– Willingness to work in multi-cultural settings;
– Ideas for ways in which the project could stimulate engagement with stakeholders.

How to apply
You can apply for this role online; more guidance can be found on our How to Apply information page. Applications should be submitted by 23.59 (UK time) on the advertised closing date.

Contact information
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Charisma Choudhury, Associate Professor
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2659

Additional information
Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
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