PhD position in Connected Automated Transport

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    University of Twente (UT)
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/12/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Enschede

Within the department Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, there is a vacancy in the area of planning and control of automated transport, requiring expertise in operations research and logistics. This vacancy is part of a project called CATALYST: Connected Automated Transport and Logistics Yielding Sustainability.

The developments of digitalization and automation in freight transport and logistics are expected to speed-up the realization of an adaptive, seamless, connected and sustainable logistics system. This PhD position focusses on the required intelligence for the logistics planning and control of connected trucks (platooning), autonomous trucks, and large truck combinations (e.g., 32m dual trailers). This involves not only the planning and control of the different parts (e.g., matching algorithms for truck platooning), but also the combined end-to-end solution (e.g., synchronization of long-haul truck transportation with autonomous last mile deliveries from highway to local warehouses). Within these processes, we need to take into account the stochastic environment (congestion and uncertain arrival- and departure times) and varying degrees of dynamisms in planning (real-time, opportunistic, scheduled). Furthermore, we distinguish between centralized and decentralized planning approaches, which is especially meaningful when considering our end-to-end solution, as individual parts require different interfaces to work together effectively.

To assess the impact of the combined areas on the logistical performance, the PhD candidate can benefit from a library of simulation models that have been developed within our department for several related projects. The envisioned scientific contribution of the PhD dissertation is twofold:

  1. the dynamic matching of trucks in a stochastic environment;
  2. the end-to-end solution combining truck platooning and large truck combinations for the long haul with autonomous last mile logistics.


We offer a 4-year full-time position as a PhD candidate appointed at the University of Twente (UT), with a qualifier after 1 year. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary ranges from € 2,325 in the first year to € 2,972 in the fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

A sound theoretical background in Operations Research, preferably combined with experience in simulation, data science, and machine learning, with an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Systems or a comparable domain. We encourage ambitious candidates with strong communication skills who like to present their work at conferences and project meetings. Proficiency in English is required. You need to provide IELTS test results (minimum score 6.5), TOEFL-iBT (minimum score 90) or Cambridge CAE or CPE. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

Information and application
You should submit your application via apply now button before November 30, 2019 h. 23:59 (CET). Applications should include: a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, contact information of 2 referees and, if applicable, a list of publications. For more information on this position, please contact dr. ir. M.R.K. Mes: email: m.r.k.mes@utwente.nl, phone: +31-53-4894062.

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University of Twente (UT)
7522 NB
Drienerlolaan 5

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