Postdoctoral Research Associate, Future Rural and Regional Transport

Sydney, Australia
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

University of Sydney Business School 

  • Join a highly successful, collaborative, supportive and engaged team
  • Work on issues vital to the future of regional and remote communities in Australia
  • Fixed term until end of 2020, Academic Level A, salary $92K to $98K p.a plus leave loading and generous superannuation

About the opportunity 

Disruptions to transport businesses, services, and policies are large and it is yet unclear how best to plan for future transport. The Future Transport Research Group at the University of Sydney challenges existing transport planning practices and policies and looks for opportunities and sustainable and socially responsible solutions in a technology-enabled world. 

To further strengthen our group, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher interested in future transport services and policies. We are particularly keen to expand our expertise regarding passenger and/or freight transport services to rural, regional and remote (RRR) communities. Regional NSW has unique challenges that are not encountered in metropolitan areas such as Sydney. The vastness of rural and remote areas makes it difficult to maintain transport infrastructure and offer public transport (including air) and taxi services at an acceptable cost recovery. It is not congestion but accessibility and competitiveness of the transportation value chain (compared to individual car travel) that is the key concern in regional areas, i.e. having affordable access to essential services such as hospitals, education or any business activities and also being connected to the world. From previous research we know that transport services do have significant economic, social and cultural impact on RRR communities (many would not even exist without transport services), and are known as a success factor for overcoming socio-economic disadvantages.

The imminent arrival of autonomous vehicles and low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as well as new high speed transport services (rail, air, or tube based) offer important new opportunities. It is likely that digital and technological advancements will arrive sooner in regional areas where traffic is less dense and complex compared to large cities. Research in this area, particularly around institutional, management and governance questions can make a significant contribution to improving mobility and the transportation of goods in RRR regions as it will not only help to predict but create and shape future (transferable) transport solutions where they are most needed.

About you

As the successful applicant you will have:

  • a completed PhD in a relevant field
  • strong quantitative analysis skills
  • a demonstrated interest in transport and logistics management across all modes of transport (including aviation)
  • an established research record including publications in high quality refereed journals
  • an ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • excellent communication skills.

There are also desirable criteria for appointment.

About us

The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) is Australia's Key Centre of Excellence in Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Research and Education and a recognised University Centre, ranked at ERA 5. ITLS undertakes graduate teaching, management development programs, grant and contract research and development in the fields of transport, infrastructure, logistics and supply chain management.  ITLS teaches courses into the Masters of Commerce as well as specialist degrees in Transport and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The institute also provides MPhil and Ph.D. research degrees in Transport, Infrastructure, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The Institute specialises in a number of research areas, in particular, in data collection (e.g., surveys and GPS, big spatial data), public transport, discrete choice modelling methods, transport and logistics planning models and behavioural (discrete choice) supply chain systems

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 2340/1118F to apply.

Closing Date: 11:30pm, 9 January 2019 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.