PhD – Designing a transport / land-use / energy / environment model at a local scale

Keywords: Sustainable development, integrated modelling, transport, land-use, energy, environment, models combining, MARKAL models, optimization, simulation..

Activities: The goal of this PhD is to develop a transport / land-use / energy / environment model at a local scale. We aim at combining two existing models (or at least getting inspiration from them): TRANUS [1] which describes a “transport / land-use” system, and ETEM [2] which models the interactions between the energy and the environment (in particular greenhouse gases (eg. CO2) and ozone precursors (NO2 and volatile organic compounds)).

Several possibilities are conceivable. A first solution can be given by a coupling method using oracle approaches. A more proper method could consists in taking inspiration from the ETEM model to design a new module in the TRANUS model which is already made up of two modules, one for the land-use and another one for the transport.

From the practical point of view, our goal is to apply the obtained model on the labour market area of Grenoble. Such a model could be used, for exemple, to completely understand and quantify the impacts of the construction of the North bypass of Grenoble on the environment and the urbanization. More precisely, it could allow to quantify and understand the impact of the North bypass of Grenoble on the suburb spreading and its retroactions on the road traffic and then on the atmospheric pollution.

References :
[1] TRANUS: Integrated Land Use and Transport Model :
[2] ETEM: Energy Technology Environment Model :

Environment: The project will be carried out in the STEEP lab at INRIA Rhône-Alpes, in tight collaboration with the SOCLE3 group, under the supervision of Dr. Emmanuel Prados and Pierre-Yves Longaretti. This position is offered at the “Rhone-Alpes” Research Unit of INRIA, located near Grenoble and Lyon. The Unit includes more than 700 people, within 34 research teams and 10 support services.

Salary: around 2000 € gross/month. Monthly salary after taxes : 1550 € (medical insurance included).

Profile and conditions for applicants: This position can concern a large range of Master students in various scientific domains such as applied mathematics, computer science, energy systems, etc. Knowledge in programming languages is strongly desirable. Knowledge applied mathematics is appreciated. Also, experience in the field of energy and environment or in transportation policy and planning will be strongly appreciated.

Duration: 2 years


  • To apply online, please follow the steps described in the INRIA web pages for the post-doctoral fellows.
  • Moreover, please send a pdf file containing a complete CV, your publication list, and a list of three references (with telephone numbers and postal and e-mail addresses) to Emmanuel Prados and Pierre-Yves Longaretti.