PhD opportunities in European joint research project on automated vehicles (MSCA ITN)

Applications are invited for 15 Early Stage Research (ESR) positions (PhD) in the European project “SHAPE-IT: Supporting the interaction of Humans and Automated vehicles: Preparing for the Environment of Tomorrow”. 


Candidates should have an MSc degree in psychology/behavioural sciences or an engineering discipline, with knowledge in one or more of the following fields: human factors, cognitive psychology, neuro science, ergonomics, human machine interfaces, cognitive modelling, artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, automotive technology, driver assistance systems, software engineering, computer science, control theory, transport modelling, and safety analysis.

Candidates cannot hold a doctorate degree, and should be within 4 years of obtaining their Masters qualification. Candidates can only apply for positions in countries where they have stayed less than 12 months during the last 3 years.

Employment is expected to start between October 2019 and March 2020. The ESRs will be hired for a period sufficient to obtain a PhD degree at each respective host University (ranging from 36-54 months). All ESRs will work towards the PhD degree at their host institution, which will be assessed following successful publication of their research in international journals, relevant to their field.

The overall goal of this project is to enable rapid and reliable development of safe and user-centred automated vehicles (AVs) for urban environments. The main objective of SHAPE-IT is to facilitate the safe, acceptable (and, ideally, desirable) integration of user-centred and transparent AVs into tomorrow’s mixed urban traffic environments, using both existing and new research methods, designing advanced interfaces and control strategies.

Participants in SHAPE-IT (hosts/employers of the ESRs)

  • Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
  • University of Leeds (United Kingdom) 
  • Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) 
  • Technical University Munich (Germany) 
  • University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Ulm University (Germany)

Associated Partners of SHAPE-IT (offering secondments):

  • Volvo Car Corporation (Sweden) 
  • VW (Germany)
  • Veoneer (Sweden) 
  • Toyota Motor Europe (Belgium)
  • Bosch (UK?)
  • SWOV (The Netherlands)
  • Ludwig Maximilians Universität (Germany)

More information here.

Deadlines vary according to each PhD position.