The “FutureData4EU – Training Future Big Data Experts for Europe” project funded under the “Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes – HORIZON-MSCA-2022-COFUND-01-01” aims to offer early-stage researchers an innovative training programme with a strongly international, inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary approach, through transnational mobility and career development. FutureData4EU is open to researchers from all over the world. The project seeks to strengthen cooperation with the non-academic world, enabling young PhD students to develop their professional skills within local, regional and/or national socioeconomic ecosystems in the area of Big Data.

Politecnico di Milano - Polo Territoriale di Piacenza offers one position in thematic area 5 – Climate, Energy and Mobility titled “The role of digital data in interpreting complex urban phenomena and supporting mobility-related policies”. The research activity aims to investigate under what conditions digital and mobile phone data can help to describe the daily mobility practices in the Emilia Romagna Region. In addition to the description, the research should focus on the use of such data as planning and policy design tools, not limited to the ex-ante phase, but continuous along the entire policy cycle (design, assessment, monitoring, reassessment).
PhD candidates are invited to submit research proposals that articulate further the use of digital and mobile phone data to detect, interpret, and respond to complex mobility patterns in a city or network of cities across the Emilia Romagna Region, eventually addressing specific target groups, transport means, economic sectors, etc.
Potential career opportunities at the end of the project include research activity and employment in transport companies, National and Regional Authorities.

Admission to the PhD position is competitive. Successful candidates will enrol in the FutureData4EU PhD programme in the 2024/2025 academic year (40th PhD cycle) starting from March 1, 2025. The position is fully funded through a research fellowship covering three years of study and research.

The call for applications with details about admission requirements, application procedures, and scholarships is available at: Deadline for the submission of applications: June 28, 2024, at 2 pm CEST (Italian time)