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PhD position

Urban trajectory planning for cooperative vehicles in traffic 5.0

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Duration of contract

3 years


According to the German TVöD 13

Type of employment


Mobility has a high priority in our society. People want to reach their destination safely, comfortably and quickly. Goods must be transported cost-effectively over short and long distances. The consequences of mobility can be seen in environmental pollution, accidents and traffic jams, which increase with the ever-growing volume of traffic. These are the challenges we face at the Institute of Transportation Systems. We develop solutions for the safe and efficient mobility of the future.

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.

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 advantage
  • experience with ROS and Matlab/Simulink is a plus
  • knowledge in the field of automated vehicles and cooperation techniques is desirable

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 unparalleled 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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Julian Schindler
Institute of Transportation Systems

Phone: +49 531 295-3510

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