Doctoral Research Assistant Position: Context-aware Simulation of Movement

CASIMO: Context-Aware SImulation of trajectories of Moving Objects

The GIS Division at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich invites applications for a Doctoral Research Assistant position to work on the research grant CASIMO within the framework of the European COST Action IC0903 «Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects».

The position will start on 1st January 2010, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is for three years. Salary is commensurate with the pay scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and supervised by Prof. Robert Weibel.

CASIMO aims to develop generic, customizable trajectory generators that allow for the simulation of individual trajectories embedded in an application-dependent geographical context, and that are intended to be used in comparative evaluation of methods for mining of trajectory data.

Information about our research group can be found at Background about COST Action IC0903 is available at A clear set of research goals are identified in the full project proposal, but the successful candidate will be expected to develop and refine these further.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a Masters level degree in a relevant area such as GIScience, geomatics, computer science, maths, physics, or computational geo¬graphy. Familiarity with a relevant application domain (e.g. animal ecology or transportation research) and solid programming experience will be an advantage, or must be acquired during the project. You will have a good standard of written and spoken English; knowledge of German, while not required, would be an advantage.

Send curriculum vitae, a motivation statement, transcripts, and contact details for two referees (including e-mail addresses) in a single PDF document, who will also be happy to answer informal inquiries. Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.