Postdoctoral Research Position in Sustainable Urban Mobility

The Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics (DTEL) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (www.ing.puc.cl/transporte-y-logistica), host of the BRT Centre of Excellence (www.brt.cl) and key member of the Centre for Sustainable Urban Development – CEDEUS (www.cedeus.cl), is currently looking for a post doctorate or experienced researcher to join their research group. They have a number of on going projects on different urban mobility issues in which the successful applicant could participate, leading some of them and/or collaborating with other researchers at the DTEL on others. Individuals with research interests in any area regarding urban mobility (public transport, non-motorized modes, pedestrians, private vehicles, etc.) ranging from the most strategic to the most operational aspects of each theme are especially encouraged to apply (i.e. planning, design, financing, economics, social issues, environmental impacts, demand modelling, operations and control). They welcome applicants with the ability to carry out interdisciplinary and collaborative research and an interest in the role transportation plays in urban sustainability.

Job Description: They are seeking applicants with a PhD in an area related with urban mobility and planning, with a demonstrated research potential. Candidates need not be fluent in Spanish at the moment of applying as they welcome applications from within and outside Chile. They must exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills and an aptitude for teamwork. While industrial experience is desirable, a strong commitment to rigorous and relevant research is essential. They offer the attractive opportunity of a job working in the field of urban mobility within an international and interdisciplinary academic setting.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be about to complete it. It is important that the applicant is able to work collaboratively and international experience is desirable. Review of applications starts immediately and the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been found. The position starts at the beginning of 2015 and we expect a commitment of at least two years.

Information and application: Interested applicants should forward their CV including a publication list, contact details of three reference providers and a one page description of their experience and research interests related to this position. The application information and/or any requests for more information should be sent by e-mail to Prof. Juan Carlos Muñoz , Director of the Department (jcm@ing.puc.cl).

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Verizon Powerful Answers Award:

Honoring its ongoing commitment to innovation and social responsibility, Verizon is offering US$6M in prizes for innovators who propose the most innovative solutions to help develop and empower three core areas:

  1. Transportation: How can technology find better, more efficient ways to reduce the complexities of transport and distribution in the physical world?
  2. Emergency Response: How can technology help solve real world issues that plague our first responders and advance the effectiveness of long term relief?
  3. Internet of Things:  Connecting things is making the world smarter and more efficient.  How can your solution impact how cities operate, or change big industries like healthcare and agriculture?

Each category winner will receive $1M, one second prize of $500K and two runners up per category will each receive $250K.

For more information, see http://www.verizon.com/powerfulanswers/award.

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The First Annual Martin Lowson Paper Award

$500.00 paper award

Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) fosters the development of automation and networking to advance the quality and sustainability of transportation, particularly for our urban areas. ATRA academic committee has instituted an annual paper award to recognize contributions in that area. The objective is to recognize high quality, original work that advances the thought and practice of fully automated, networked systems. The inaugural competition will be 2015. ATRA will accept papers that have been authored and/or published between January 1, 2013 up until the end of March 31st 2015. The papers may have been submitted to journals and/or conferences (in fact ATRA encourages this), or may be unique to the ATRA competition. The emphasis in 2015 is on Automated Transit Networks toward sustainable urban mobility.

For more information, see http://www.advancedtransit.org/library/news/first-annual-martin-lowson-paper-award.

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Passages Competition in Toronto

“Infrastructures of continuity in the Horizontal Metropolis”: interventions with major infrastructure projects. How to design the interaction between the stops of the new LRT lines and local pedestrian routes, incorporating passages to improve urban life in the suburbs?

The challenges: designing interactions between the rapid transit systems and local access routes; incorporating passages as integral components of the railway line and stations; helping to bring urban quality to suburban areas.

For more information, see http://passages-ivm.com/en/demonstration/toronto-small-suburban-move-multifold-impact-1.

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inGAGE™ Growth: Kickstart for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

inGAGE™ Growth gives women the inside track on what it takes to launch a new business venture. Designed for busy professionals, inGAGE™ Growth covers the critical phases of launching a new tech startup – ideation, concept valildation, commercializing intellectual property, organizational development, company operations, and formulating capital strategies. Led by experienced entrepreneurs, this comprehensive program introduces the critical elements of launching a new high-growth company.

More information at: https://www.inforummichigan.org/ingagegrowth.

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Job Opening: Farm Assistant at Rising Pheasant Farms

Rising Pheasant Farms is a family-owned and -operated urban farm on Detroit’s east side. They currently grow a wide variety of crops on 1/5th of an acre along with greenhouse micro-green production, which they sell to both retail and wholesale markets. Their farm operates based on a low-resource model which includes organic practices, bicycle transportation and hand tools. Their mission is to increase fresh food access for our family, neighbors and the larger Detroit community. To work toward this goal, they are looking to expand field production in 2015 by beginning to cultivate an additional 1⁄4 acre and building a passive solar hoop house for season extension.

Read more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4D0DeUe4KleVVMxSkIzeU9MNjg/view.

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