Computer Science, Applied Statistics, Transport Engineering Phd Programs – DTU Management

    Computer Science, Applied Statistics, Transport Engineering Phd Programs - DTU Management

    PhD Position in Transport Network Modelling at the DTU Management, Denmark (Computer Science, Applied Statistics, Transport Engineering Phd Programs)

    Deadline to Apply

    May 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Transportation Modelling or engineering
    – Computer Science
    – Applied Mathematics and Statistics
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDTU Management
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting date


    • A two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in Transportation Modelling or engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, behavioural or experimental economics, or related
    • Decent programming capabilities in at least one language such as Matlab, Java or Python
    • Transportation Modelling disciplines in the education background is favoured

    The following soft skills are also important:

    • Curiosity and interest about how transportation networks operate and perform
    • Good communication skills in English, both written and orally
    • Willingness to engage in group-work with a multi-national team


    The research topics you may investigate include one or several of the following:

    • Empirical analysis of data: Exploration, statistical analysis and modelling of a unique Big Data set from GPS units installed in vehicles. You will investigate the route choice preferences of travellers and possible network characteristics of routes chosen/not chosen
    • Theoretical models of behaviour: Development of consistent theoretical model that exploits the insights gained from the empirical analysis. This could e.g. be formulation of a novel model that limits the set of considered routes due to criteria on detours
    • Algorithms for large-scale network applications: Devise solution algorithms that can solve large-scale networks within reasonable computation time, facilitated by consistently reducing the complex transport network to a limited set of considered alternatives
    • Real-life application: Implement algorithms efficiently and apply to large-scale case. Perform calibration and validation using Big Data set of GPS observations.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

    Documents Required

    Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
    • PDF-version of Master thesis and English articles if available

    About the project/department

    Congestion is rapidly increasing on the road network in the Greater Copenhagen Area, and the same tendency is seen in many metropolitan areas around the world. This is a nuisance to travellers, and causes huge daily societal losses. In order to be able to address the impacts of potential policies or infrastructure investments to address this, it is essential to have available a transport prediction model capable of giving a realistic representation of the route choices of travellers and the network congestion state. Developing and applying such network- and route choice models to large-scale networks is the overall focus of the PhD study.

    The PhD position is part of a project funded by a research grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark, with employment as soon as possible. This aim is similar to the focus of the PhD study, namely to develop and apply novel network- and route choice models to large-scale networks.

    You will be part of the Transport Network Modelling Group in the Division of Transport, DTU Management. The research group consists of scholars with expert knowledge within various aspects of the field – we work across all modes of transport, with focus on developing large-scale applicable methods and gaining behavioural insights from large-scale data sources.


    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark
    • All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


    Associate Professor Thomas Kjær Rasmussen

    Professor Otto Anker Nielsen

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    PhD scholarship in Transport Network Modelling

    Post expires at 8:59am on Sunday May 16th, 2021 (GMT+9)