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The Research Training Group SocialCars – Cooperative (de-)centralized traffic management and the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) jointly award

Two Full Scholarships for Doctoral Studies in Autonomous Driving, V2X Communication, Vehicle Routing and Platooning, Microscopic Traffic Modelling, Geoinformatics and Human Factors Psychology

Starting at the earliest on 1 October 2019 and at the latest on 1 December 2019, funding will be provided for three years through the DAAD GSSP.

The positions

We offer two positions in an interdisciplinary team working in a highly topical area of research. The Research Training Group (RTG) offers systematic supervision and mentoring throughout the doctoral work and is designed to allow for graduation within three years.

The offered projects cover almost all fields of interest of the RTG:

Other project proposals that fit the scope of the RTG are also welcome.

The RTG is jointly hosted by three universities: Technische Universität Braunschweig, Leibniz Universität Hannover and Technische Universität Clausthal. The location of the workplace will depend on the chosen project.

Your profile

We are looking for highly motivated international candidates with an outstanding Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Business Informatics, Geoinformatics, Applied Mathematics, Traffic Engineering, Psychology or a related discipline. Furthermore, successful candidates demonstrate the ability for analytical thinking, an aptitude for interdisciplinary and independent work as well as initial ideas regarding the doctoral project.

We also expect a very good command of English as well as the willingness to learn German.

Selection Process

Candidates are selected in a multi-step process that is jointly conducted by the RTG and the DAAD. The final decisions and financial administration lie within the responsibility of the DAAD.

In the first step, applications will be reviewed by members of the RTG. Based on academic qualification, research proposal, motivation and letters of recommendation suitable candidates will be selected for an interview to take place in March 2019 in Braunschweig, Hannover or Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany), or via Skype. Suitably qualified women are specifically encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment.

In the second step, candidates selected after the interviews will submit an online application with all supporting documents via the DAAD portal. Nominations of suitable candidates to the DAAD are expected in April 2019.

Successful applicants will be offered a full doctoral scholarship, funded by the GSSP. The scholarship includes a monthly allowance of 1,200 Euro, a travel grant, a study and research allowance, health insurance and, if necessary, a rent or family allowance.

Please visit the DAAD website for further information on the application process and the required documents.

Application requirements

  • We only accept applications of international candidates. German candidates will not be considered.
  • You must have completed your Master’s studies (or equivalent) by the time you commence the scholarship.
  • Your last final exam (Master’s degree or equivalent) must have taken place no longer than six years ago.
  • You must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months.
  • Applications which are incomplete or not submitted to the DAAD in the second step will not be considered.


Please send your application in German or English language until 28 February 2019 in a single PDF file (max. 5 MB) to the following address: bewerbungen@socialcars.org.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Research statement (max. 5.000 characters incl. spaces) in which you Either highlight your interest and strengths for one of the offered projects and further develop the research idea (please cite the project number in your statement) OR present your own research idea, highlight your interest and strengths for this project and argue how it fits in the research profile of the RTG
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • A complete academic record (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificates or equivalent, transcript of records) in German or English language. If a degree certificate is not yet available, please provide the most recent transcript of records and a letter of your university confirming that the study programme will be completed by 30 September 2019.
  • Two letters of recommendation from your home university using the official template of DAAD
  • A proof of English language skills

Contact and additional information

Anne Goralzik
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Institute of Transportation and Urban Engineering