We are searching for strong candidates for the position of Research
Scientist with the Future Urban Mobility (FM) Interdisciplinary Research
Group (IRG) of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
(SMART) Centre in Singapore. Details about the position are below. We
appreciate your help in sharing this opportunity with individuals and
networks who may be interested.
Position: Research Scientist - Future Mobility Sensing
Project Overview: The Future Mobility Sensing (FMS) system is a
comprehensive platform to facilitate study of users' travel behaviors. We
use GPS/GSM/Accelerometer/WiFi data collected by smartphones or other
tracking devices to enable more accurate data collection than traditional
methods. Our system consists of an smartphone app that collects sensor data
from mobile devices; a backend server that processes the raw data to infer
users' stops, activities, and modes of transportation; and a web application
that allows users to verify and interact with their processed data in the
form of a map and activity timeline. This technology is poised to transform
approaches to surveying individuals and households about their travel,
activities and lifestyles, and help transportation agencies, companies, and
researchers make better decisions for planning and management. The FMS
technology is also being extended to conduct real time surveys, stated
preferences surveys, provide feedback and trip planning information to users
etc. Another important extension of FMS is FMS-Freight, which is an
innovative commodity flow survey system that collects establishment,
shipment and vehicle information in an automated and integrated way.
Working on this project provides opportunities to work with professors and
researchers from MIT and other collaborating universities, exposure to
latest development in smartphone technology, big data analysis and
visualization, survey design, and transportation modeling.
Under limited supervision, the research scientist is expected to take
management responsibility for the project and play a main role in research,
implementation, and survey coordination activities. The candidate will
participate in proposal writing, and interact with multiple partners and
stakeholders. The candidate is also expected to contribute to official
project reports, supervise students, software engineers and researchers
working on the project, regularly meet with supervisors, and disseminate
research findings in journals and conferences.
The position will be based at the SMART FM Offices on the new campus of the
National University of Singapore (NUS), with the possibility of travelling
to MIT (for up to a few months) as part of the international collaboration.
The research scientist will work with an integrated team of faculty,
researchers, postdoctoral associates, software engineers, and students from
MIT and SMART. The MIT PI's for this project are Professors Moshe Ben-Akiva
and Christopher Zegras.
The position offers a competitive salary and benefits (including some
support for relocation to Singapore) for the right candidate.
We are looking for exceptional candidates with strong backgrounds in
relevant areas including:
- PhD in Computer Science, Transportation or related disciplines
- Experience in managing research projects.
- Independent and self-motivated, yet able to work as part of a
- Experience in software development, modeling, data analysis and/or
visualization is preferred
- Experience in writing research publications
- Strong analytical, communications, and interpersonal skills
Interested applicants should send a cover letter expressing specific
interest in the position and a detailed CV with information on education
qualifications, work experience and list of publications to
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