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PhD in Micromobility Transport Modelling

PhD in Micromobility Transport Modelling

Project Overview

Micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters (electric scooters) and shared bicycles/electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs), are set to change the way we travel in the UK. COVID-19 has accelerated the move to low-carbon sustainable transport and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). For example, the UK Government have announced trials of rental e-scooters and other micromobility vehicles. To ensure these new transport alternatives are inclusive and do not lead to disenfranchisement, it is essential to understand a wide variety of peoples’ needs.
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in Human Factors Engineering, at WMG, University of Warwick. The PhD will focus on the development of a transport modelling software tool, designed for shared micromobility vehicles. The project will be equally split, between developing the modelling software and conducting human factors studies, to understand the needs of people that want to use micromobility as a travel alternative.


Essential and desirable criteria

Prospective candidates are expected to have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc, MSci) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) with 65% or above in a Human Factors or Computer Science related discipline. The successful candidate will require a good knowledge of computer programming, ideally with experience of transport modelling software.

During the PhD, students will have an opportunity to undertake a variety of training activities, including interdisciplinary training on responsible research, public engagement, in addition to regular seminars and workshops held at Warwick.


Funding and Eligibility

Standard Research Council Maintenance Award of £15,285 for 3.5 years. Funding is available for UK nationals only.

To be eligible for this project the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional details of these criteria are available on the EPSRC website.



To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Update February 2021: We are opening up the scope of the PhD to allow more people to apply. If you have an interest in micromobility / mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), or would like to propose your own PhD project in this area, please contact Dr Roger Woodman.

Key Information

Funding Source: EPSRC DTP

Stipend: Standard Research Council Maintenance Award is available for 3.5 years: £15,285

Supervisor: Dr. Roger Woodman

Available to UK nationals

Start date: We would ideally like someone to start as soon as possible, but we can offer some flexibility on this - please contact us to discuss.