PhD position

Urban trajectory planning for cooperative vehicles in traffic 5.0.

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initially limited to 3 years


According to the German TVöD 13

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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
Design the future of mobility with us! Be part of an interdisciplinary team where dedicated women and men have turned their passion for tomorrow’s mobility into a career. Work with us in numerous national and international projects to develop cooperative and highly automated traffic systems on the road together with our research partners and the industry, to increase efficiency, comfort and safety in traffic.In a cross-domain environment consisting of various modes of transportation, including automated road and rail vehicles as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, we offer you the opportunity to explore new paths in the development of futuristic cooperative traffic systems.
In this position you will focus particularly on complex urban scenarios and emergency situations, where you will explore new aspects of trajectory planning through cooperation with other vehicles. Therefore, you will work together with the team on the following topics among others, which can be investigated in detail also in a PhD:
  • research on concepts of cooperative trajectory planning with other road users and road infrastructure
  • development of cooperative motion planning algorithms for safety applications on different levels of automation
  • evaluation and test of new functionalities with test drivers on the test track and on public roads
For your research, DLR offers you an integrated DLR-owned tool chain with numerous laboratories, (coupleable) simulators, automated test vehicles and research infrastructure in the field such as the Application platform for Intelligent Mobility (AIM) or the Test Field Lower Saxony.
To achieve your goals, you work in an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, engineers, and ergonomists and you rely on the experience of psychologists in conducting volunteer studies. You will encounter a stimulating research environment, plenty of room for own ideas and international visibility. You will take over tasks with high responsibility that help shape the European and national environment. DLR offers many attractive qualification and education opportunities, e.g. DLR’s graduate program.
This position is a PhD position on a 20-hour basis.

Your qualifications:

  • Master degree in the fields of computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics or similar
  • experience with C/C++
  • knowledge in the field of trajectory and motion planning of vehicles
  • good English skills, both written and spoken
  • passion of innovative research, scientific and systematic way of working
  • understanding of complex relationships and analytical procedures
  • driving license class B
  • practical experience with real-time algorithms is an asset
  • experience with Matlab/Simulink is a plus
  • knowledge in the field of automated vehicles and cooperation techniques is of advantage

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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Institute of Transportation Systems

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