Postdoctoral research position on dynamic models for transitions towards sustainable transportation

A post postdoctoral research project in the area of dynamic models for transitions towards sustainable transportation is available at Reykjavik University.

Project description

The research project aims to develop a behavioral, dynamic simulation model to explore the possible transition towards sustainable mobility. More specifically the transition from internal combustion engines using fossil fuel to alternative fuel vehicles such as full electric, hybrids, compressed natural gas, biofuels and hydrogen vehicles. The objectives are:

  1. First to develop a dynamic simulation model based on an innovative modeling approach combining system dynamics modeling and agent based modeling techniques
  2. Second to calibrate and validate the simulation model in order to make it an innovative and powerful computational facility for the assessment of alternative policy measures and for making economic projections.

The long-term goal of the research is to create a practical tool that can be used by governments and policy makers to explore transition strategies and evaluate future scenarios. A robust policy analysis requires a model that includes and integrates the various, stakeholders, interaction and feedbacks in the system.

The scientific contribution of the project includes an innovative modeling approach, since systems dynamics and agent based modeling techniques have not properly been linked so far, therefore this endeavor could move the dynamic modeling world substantially forward. Also are comprehensive comparative simulations of technological change that account for both environmental and economic implications rare. There is an opportunity in Iceland for acquiring information and testing transition strategies in relatively closed and comprehensive experimental settings. The proposed approach contributes to better understanding the implications of consumer behavior on policy effectiveness.

The research project is a collaborative effort between four different research entities; Reykjavík University, University of Iceland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Delft University of Technology. The postdoctoral participant will be mentored by the steering committee of the research project who is composed of one representative from each research entity. The project will benefit from a research that John Sterman, professor at MIT and one of the principal investigators in this research completed in 2008 for California, USA. The model and the expertise from the Californian research project will be very valuable and will speed up the start of the project in Iceland.


Applicants should have received a doctoral degree in engineering, computer science, economics or a related discipline, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Applicants should have experience in dynamic modeling and simulation, agent based modeling and system dynamics modeling.


The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed subject to availability of funds for up to two additional years. Qualified applicants will be offered a position at the newly-founded Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines upon successful completion of the project. The starting date should not be later than January 2011. The participant will be selected based on academic records, recommendations, research interests and compatibility of background.

About Reykjavik University

Reykjavik University is an international university located at the heart of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. In May 2010 Reykjavik University was acknowledged by the European Commission as an employer that follows European guidelines on what constitutes an attractive working environment for researchers. The acknowledgement is based on principles set forth in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

How to apply

Dr. Hlynur Stefansson
School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University
Menntavegur 1, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Email: hlynurst [[at]]
Tel: +354 599 6308