Scientific activities / projects, PhD position

Automated driving in a cooperative connected environment

Starting date


Duration of contract

2 years


according to the German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

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.

Instead of only looking at individual vehicles and vehicle functions, our focus is on whole traffic systems. We therefore put emphasis on the interaction between different road users and the interaction between road users and surrounding infrastructure by considering and enhancing most recent developments esp. in terms of connectivity, digitalization and automation. In addition, finding optimal solutions for changing the mode of transportation wherever required are part of our research.

We are looking for a new employee (computer scientist, engineer) for the development of automated driving functions in highly connected traffic systems. You will focus particularly on urban scenarios, where you will explore and develop new concepts of cooperative automated driving. Here, cooperation includes cooperation with other road users, but also cooperation with road side infrastructure.

Therefore, you will work on the following topics among others:

  • research on concepts of cooperative driving with other road users and intelligent road infrastructure
  • development of algorithms dealing with vehicle automation, being part ofour OpenSource vehicle automation framework ADORe (Automated Driving Open Research)
  • evaluation and test of new functionalities and prototypically implemented concepts with test drivers on the test track and on public roads
  • acquiring information about most recent science projects in the domain incl. journals, standards and specifications, national and international
  • presentation and publication of results to project partners, the international community and the public.
  • support in the acquisition of new scientific projects
  • professional guidance and coordination of student theses as well as student works and interns

For your research, DLR offers you an integrated DLR-owned tool chain with numerous laboratories, (connected) simulators, automated test vehicles and research infrastructure in the field such as the Application platform for Intelligent Mobility (AIM) or the Test Bed 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. Furthermore, DLR offers many attractive qualification and education opportunities, including to obtain a PhD if desired. 

Your qualifications:

  • Master degree in the fields of computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics or similar
  • experience with C/C++
  • knowledge in the field of concepts for cooperative driving, e.g. CCAM, ITS-G5, Maneuver Coordination, Collective Perception, Operational Design Domains of automated 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
  • ability to present scientific results to a scientific community or the public
  • driving license class B for driving test vehicles
  • practical experience with real-time algorithms desirable
  • ideally knowledge in the field of trajectory and motion planning of vehicles
  • experience with ROS and Matlab/Simulink is advantageous
  • knowledge in the field of automated vehicles and cooperation techniques is a 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 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 (f/m/x). 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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