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PhD researcher scholarship (100%) in urban mobility


The MOBI Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is looking for a doctoral researcher who will contribute to interdisciplinary research in the domains of transport, sustainability, and socio-economic assessment. The goal is to complete a 4-year PhD based on the different research projects in which the researcher will have been involved. The research and approach will be entirely embedded in the research projects of MOBI in line with the skills and knowledge background of the candidate. The topic of the PhD will be related to urban mobility and sustainability based on the background and interest of the candidate and building on possible links to ongoing research. The researcher is expected to contribute to projects about

  • the inclusion of stakeholders and especially citizens in transport planning through participatory planning and impact assessment tools;

  • preparing for future uncertainties in transport through participatory foresight;

  • measuring and incentivising behavioural change in mobility through travel behaviour analysis and the impact assessment of mobility management policies and measures;

  • supporting the design of an equitable accessible and inclusive transport system through the development of policy support and evaluation tools.


  • The candidate will carry out academic research in the domains of urban mobility and socio-economic assessment.

  • She/he will contribute to the implementation of ongoing research projects in the fields of urban mobility.

  • She/he will assist the project manager (senior researcher and team leader) in project management activities such as project reporting, organisation of workshops and conferences.

  • She/he will write research reports and valorise research results in popular and academic publications. 

  • She/he will present research results at workshops and conferences.

  • She/he will contribute to public dissemination activities.

  • She/he will supervise master thesis students.



  • A Master's Degree in Transportation, Transport planning, Urban studies, Economics, Geography, Management, Commercial engineer (Handelsingenieur), Political science, Sustainable Development, Sociology or related discipline.

  • Demonstrated interest in mobility, logistics, sustainability and socio-economic assessments.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English.

  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of partners.

  • Good time management and planning kills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure. 

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office applications.

Additionally valued:

  • Good qualitative and/or quantitative research skills.

  • Knowledge of SPSS/GIS software.

  • Good knowledge of Dutch and/or French is an advantage.

Possible starting date: 1 September 2022

How to apply?

Please submit before June 30, 2022

  • a CV with contact details of a reference;

  • a short cover letter (max 500 words) expressing your specific interest in working at MOBI and pursuing a PhD;

  • a sample of a publication or report preferably in English that you had substantial contribution to (e.g. Master's thesis or publication).

Candidates that have not yet acquired their Master's degree can apply and participate in the selection procedure, but need to offer proof of registration in their Masters programme and need to have complied with all diploma requirements before starting their position at VUB-MOBI.

For more information please contact:

Prof. Dr. Imre Keserü, operational director

Prof. Dr. Cathy Macharis, co-director