PhD position

Organizational Principles and Control Algorithms for Coordinated Cooperative Urban Traffic

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3 years


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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Some 170 scientists - engineers, psychologists and computer scientists - work at the Institute of Transportation Systems in Braunschweig and Berlin. They carry out research and development for automotive, railway and traffic management systems.

Join us in shaping the future of connected mobility in transport 5.0 by helping to master the complexity of transport systems and their increasing interconnection. As a result of increasing digitalization, new and fully integrated traffic systems and system networks are emerging from the infrastructure, vehicle and passenger, which up to now have operated in isolation and independently of each other. Here there is the potential to make transport more efficient, environmentally friendly and safer through new organisational principles and methods.

Our team develops novel methods and algorithms for communication and organization between road users and vehicle systems. The focus is on the progress from assisted and highly automated traffic to automated, connected traffic, which combines the individual automation of individual modes of transport with comprehensive traffic management to form a cooperative overall traffic system.

We are looking for a motivated research associate for a doctorate in the following subject area:

  • Self-organizing organizational principles and control algorithms for coordinated cooperative urban transport through local cooperation without infrastructure coordination and their integration into a cooperative overall transport system.

You will support our national and international project partners in industry and science. We offer you a stimulating research environment, space for your own ideas and international visibility. The remuneration is based on DLR doctorate guidelines.

Your qualifications:

  • above-average academic degree (diploma/master) in engineering (transport), computer science, mathematics or a comparable field of study
  • experience in the scientific field of traffic, in particular with V2X technology
  • programming knowledge, for example in Java, C++, Python or MATLAB
  • knowledge in modelling technical systems
  • very good written and spoken German and English language skills
  • independent working style
  • enjoy working independently and scientifically in a team
  • passion for innovative research
  • experience with traffic simulation programs (SUMO or comparable) is a plus
  • experience in experimental design, execution and data Evaluation is plus

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Technical contact

Tobias Hesse
Institute of Transportation Systems

Phone: +49 531 295-3721

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