Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Department of Transport Science

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The Department of Transport Science has excellent research and educational programmes in a range of areas concerning the future transport system. Research is interdisciplinary and covers all modes of transport for personal travel and goods. Our research covers such areas as travel behaviour, use of economic instruments and forecasting, and values and policy issues. How to use information technology to monitor, control and facilitate the use of the transport system has also become an increasingly important research area. One issue that cuts across many areas of research is how to achieve improved energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact from the transport sector - i.e. how we can foster a greener, safer and smarter transport system.

Job description

A shift of travel from private cars to public transport is generally seen as one of the most important means of meeting the challenges of congestion, noise and emissions facing many urban areas. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to drastically improve traffic safety, reduce environmental impacts, as well as provide a more effective traffic flow. With the elimination of human drivers, the cost of operating bus services will most likely drop, while new competences will be necessary in control centers. Currently, a major restriction of public transportation is the inflexibility of routes and timetables. An efficient transport system should be able to support demand-driven capacity, destinations and routes, so as to, for example, reduce traffic on routes with low demand or modify existing ones to pick up additional passengers.

The Department of Transport Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, is inviting applications for a full-time PhD student position in the field of autonomous public transport systems. The focus of the position is the development of simulation methodologies for analyzing the performance of autonomous bus systems in urban areas, as well as quantitative methods for optimizing such systems in terms of vehicle types, network design, operational strategies, etc. The successful candidate will work in the project iQMobility in collaboration with Scania, INIT and Örebro University. The position is intended for graduate studies and research leading to a licentiate degree. The salary covers research on 100% during two years’ time, with a possible extension of up to 20% departmental duties.


A M.Sc. degree or equivalent is required. The successful applicant should have a background in optimization, control theory, computer science or similar with a strong interest in urban transport applications, or a background in transport science such as modelling and simulation, with strong skills in optimization, control theory or computer science. Object-oriented programming skills in C++ or similar are highly desired. Experience with vehicle routing, transit network design or similar optimization problems is a merit.

The successful applicant should have well developed analytical, problem solving and communication skills. Good oral and writing skills in English are required. The evaluation will be based on how well the applicants qualify with respect to the merits above

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  • Curriculum vitae including professional experiences and skills
  • Degree certificates and transcripts from university and graduate studies. Translations to English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Motivation letter describing your interests and how they are related to your previous experience and future goals; max 2 pages long.
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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH PhD student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2017-1757
  • Erik Jenelius, Assistant Professor, jenelius@kth.se +46 8 790 80 32
  • Eva Pettersson, HR Officer, eva.pettersson@abe.kth.se +46 8 790 86 62
Published 14.Sep.2017
Last application date 03.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CET

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