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Doctoral Researcher/Ph.D. Student in Traffic Engineering

The Institute of Transportation and Urban Engineering is pleased to announce that we are seeking for applications for a Doctoral Researcher/Ph.D. Student joining the interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) “SocialCars – Cooperative, (de)centralized traffic management”. The doctoral research study is placed in the field of sustainable cooperative traffic management for urban environments.

The overall objective of the SocialCars Research Training Group (RTG) is to investigate new methods and applications of cooperative traffic management that are enabled by including new technological trends and developments such as Car-to-X communication or automated driving. SocialCars focuses on the interplay of centralized management in the sense of classical traffic control, and decentralized management in the sense of the local goals of individual traffic participants.


  • carry out research with emphasis on the Ph.D. project;
  • participate in qualification and study program of the RTG;
  • publish scientific papers;
  • present your research results at national and international conferences;
  • enjoy systematic individual supervision and mentoring throughout the doctoral work.

Selection criteria:

  • master degree (or equivalent) in engineering sciences, traffic planning, computer science, mathematics or other related studies
  • knowledge in methods and procedures of traffic control, traffic modeling, and traffic simulation
  • knowledge of a programming language (e.g. Python, C++, Java, …)
  • very good command of the English language and willingness to learn the German language
  • initial ideas or initial research regarding the doctoral project
  • the ability for interdisciplinary and independent work

General Conditions:

  • the position is tenable for three years; full-time
  • salary: EG 13 TV-L (German public service salary scale, no scholarship or stipend)
  • we specifically encourage applications by qualified female researchers
  • applications of disabled persons with the corresponding aptitude for the positions will be prioritized
  • personal data will be stored for the purpose of the application process

Applications in German or English language should be submitted by email (one pdf document) to bewerbungen[at]; they should include the cover letter, curriculum vitae, full academic record (certificates + transcript of records) and a research proposal (max. 5000 characters incl. spaces) highlighting your personal interest and strengths for a specific Ph.D. topic, as well as initial research ideas.

For further information about the Research Training Group SocialCars please visit For questions regarding the position please contact Andrea Thiele, a.thiele[at]