Deadline: 2015-01-11
Level Of Study: PhD

Doctoral Student position in Accessibility and Mobility in the Era of Self-driving Vehicles

Research Group The above mentioned position is located in the Transportation Engineering research and teaching group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, see Transportation Engineering research and teaching group has already for over 40 years made academic research in order to develop the transportation system in a continuously changing environment. The main research areas are the modeling and the analysis of transportation and its impacts. Traffic simulation and intelligent transportation systems are also focus areas. For more general information of the research and teaching of the Department, go to  

Required background: Prospective student should have a Masters degree in one, and identifiable research experience combining knowledge from at least two of the following fields:
 Transportation Engineering
 Urban Planning
 Computer Science
 Electrical/Communications Engineering

Important skills: Prospective student should have in-depth understanding of her/his field of expertise, fluency in English, experience with scientific writing, skillset for active reporting and interaction with project members.

The doctoral student position is contract-based; a one-year contract is granted first, followed by a possible extension for three-year period depending on the achievements during the first contractual period. In a maximum of four years, the doctoral student is required to 1) complete the doctoral dissertation based on peer-review publications (accepted and submitted), 2) finish relevant courses for 40 ECTS credits and 3) participate in teaching. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for entitlement to do postgraduate studies at Aalto University:  

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Advances in communication, sensing, and in-vehicle computing technology in the last two decades have enabled the development of self-driving vehicle technology. This emerging technology could permit a significant evolution in several areas: techniques and mechanisms for mobility and accessibility; structure and form of cities and networks; shaping of human behavior and values. The PhD-student will be encouraged to determine her/his research area of interest in relation to this emerging transportation technology and to the abovementioned broad areas. In addition, PhD-student will be encouraged to implement a multidisciplinary approach in her/his research and cooperate with colleagues within Aalto University, but also across the world. However, the increased freedom in determining the area of research interest will nevertheless be accompanied with responsibility for intellectual merit and approval through peer-review publication practice. The PhD-student will be directly mentored by Dr. Milos Mladenovic.

Salary and benefits
Aalto University applies the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, student will be supported to participate in international conferences, to apply for fellowships, to participate in studies and research at other departments/universities, and to develop knowledge and competencies for success in the future career.

For more information
For further details contact Dr. Milos Mladenovic, tel. +358 50 5660 974. E-mail:

How to apply
The applications for the doctoral student position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply for this job’ below) no later than on the 31st of December, 2014.

Required application documents (pdf files):
1) CV including a list of publications or manuscripts in preparation.
2) A certified copy of master´s and bachelor´s degree certificate and official transcript of records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English. (Minimum average grading requirements: Students graduating in May 2015 are also encouraged to apply.
3) Statement describing previous knowledge, previous research experience, motivation and self-assessment of suitability for doctoral studies, and suggestion of area(s) of research interest (max 2 pages).
4) Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English if the applicant is not a native speaker of or educated in any of them. (Language skill proof requirements:

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All material should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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