The Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Chair of Planning Landscape and Urban Systems, invites applications for a
PhD position in ecosystem service demand modelling
The PhD candidate will be part of the Mobility Incubator project, which aims to understand how future changes to mobility will affect social, environmental, economic and landscape factors in Switzerland. The PhD candidate will focus on determining how a mobility and demographic (e.g. aging and growth of the Swiss population) changes can lead to changes in the demand for ecosystem services. Initially the focus will be on the demand for recreation, but other ecosystem services can be considered in later phases of the project. Several approaches will be considered to collect recreation data (e.g. surveys, municipal databases, existing mobility surveys). With this data the demand for recreation across Switzerland will be modelled. Spatial changes in this demand over time will be simulated by linking the demand model to an existing agent-based land-use transport interaction model (i.e. FaLC). Finally local changes in land-use due to changes in recreation demand will be predicted. Results will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. The PhD candidate will be based at the Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems Group (Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, Maarten van Strien) as well as at the newly established Institute of Science, Technology and Policy.
We are seeking a highly motivated applicant with a Master in Landscape or Transport Planning, Environmental Sciences, Geography or related discipline, who has experience with spatial modelling and/or mapping of ecosystem services. The applicant should also have good programming skills (e.g. Java, Python, Matlab, R). Furthermore, the applicant should have a good command of both German and English (minimal level B2 both written and spoken). In the selection process, we will pay special attention to the candidate’s ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary team.