Vacature PhD omgevingspsychologie: engaging mobility

Wil jij promoveren in omgevingspsychologie? Dit project omvat een 3,5 jaar onderzoek naar hoe fietsen en wandelen kan bevordert worden in grote steden.

Altijd al willen promoveren in omgevingspsychologie? Grijp dan nu je kans. Onderstaand project omvat een 3,5 jaar onderzoek naar hoe fietsen en wandelen kan bevorderd worden in grote steden. Wees er wel snel bij, de deadline voor sollicitaties is op 30 november.

“Research Associate / PhD student in environmental psychology and choice modelling of activity mobility”

The Research Project “Engaging Mobility” aims at understanding what is needed to make cycling and walking viable modes of transport in tropical towns and high density cities. The research will build on the insight that pedestrians and cyclist engage in an immediate relation with the built environment. To better understand this relation and the impact of street design on mobility decisions will be at the core of this interdisciplinary research project. The goal of the position is to develop and apply new methods to explore how attitudes towards activity mobility are formed, portray perceptions of the built environment and quantify how those and other factors influence mobility decisions. To this end, you will apply a multi-method approach employing contextualized and simulation-based observation, qualitative interviews and innovative choice modelling approaches. The findings will inspire an evidence-based design approach to retrofit streetscapes that equally suit the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorized traffic and adjacent urban functions. Enrolled as an ETH PhD student you will take advantage of rich further learning opportunities such as participating in graduate courses, academic seminars and attending research conferences, academic exchange at ETH Zurich or other academic institutions and potentially also co-supervise students who write their MSc thesis at FCL.


You are passionate about environmental psychology, qualitative and quantitative research methods and active urban mobility. You have already conducted either qualitative and/or quantitative survey in related fields and have experience in analyzing data collected in such research projects. You have a degree in psychology with major subjects being either cognitive or environmental psychology, behavioral economics or another related field. You are keen to work in an interdisciplinary team at one of the leading urban science research institutions.

They offer

We offer a 3.5-year, fully funded PhD position in an inspiring environment at the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore with a competitive salary. As an interdisciplinary and international Team, we will nurture a collaborative spirit and strive for disciplinary excellence. Travel to conferences and academic training will be as much part of the package as health insurance, free choice of hardware and a well-equipped workplace with access to facilities such as a gym and great food options in the vicinity. The PhD will be granted by ETH Zurich, one of the World’s top 10 universities, and co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Kay Axhausen, Dr. Alex Erath and Prof. Dr. Christoph Hoelscher as well as an external supervisor.

Contact details

For further information please contact Dr. Alexander Erath Rusterholtz by e-mail (no applications) and visit our website.

Applications with motivation letter, CV, diplomas and a portfolio of previous relevant projects should be sent online via this website with attention to: ETH Zurich, Mrs. Corina Niescher, Human Resources, CH-8093 Zürich. The application deadline is extended to 10th Dec 2015 and applications will be reviewed as they come in.

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