Doctoral Candidates in Traffic control with Connected and Automated vehicles

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Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Built Environment invites open applications for

Doctoral Candidates in Traffic control with Connected and Automated vehicles

The Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering research group is seeking a highly motivated and creative doctoral candidate who would undertake research in the area of Road Traffic Control, with special emphasis on Connected and Automated vehicles (CAVs). The doctoral candidate will join a multidisciplinary research project and conduct research on developing novel traffic estimation and control strategies, accounting for the implications of CAVs on traffic flow. The research will have a strong modelling and simulation component, based also on empirics wherever possible using our instrument vehicles.

The position should start in early 2020 and is intended for full-time work. The selected individuals will work under supervision of Assistant Professor Claudio Roncoli. The successful applicant will have possibility to cooperate with world-class researchers, as well as to attend scientific conferences and meetings. Moreover, the research group provides strong support and academic freedom, with possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration, both internationally and within Aalto University.

Research areas, requirements, and expectations

The doctoral candidates are expected to conduct research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Road traffic estimation and control
  • Modelling and simulation of traffic systems in the presence of CAVs
  • Data fusion techniques using innovative sensing technologies
  • Coordinated driving strategies for future traffic systems

A prospective candidate is expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Timely completion of a Master’s degree in one of the following (or related) fields: Transportation Engineering, Electrical/Communications Engineering, Operations Research/Systems Engineering, Computer Science, or Statistics/Mathematics/Physics.
  • Knowledge of quantitative methods used in engineering and skills in applying quantitative methods to solve engineering problems
  • Good programming skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness to learn
  • Very good English proficiency

The applicant is expected to:

  • Publish in top journals and scientific conferences
  • Participate in research proposal preparation
  • Guide master's students
  • If applicable, teach in the master’s program

Duration, financing, and salary

The doctoral studies at Aalto University take approximately 4 years. The doctoral degree is granted after writing a relatively short summary doctoral thesis (which is typically based on the student’s publications) and public defense.

Currently, the starting gross salary for doctoral candidates is around 2500€ per month and is increased in with the progress towards getting the doctoral degree to over 3300€ per month. The doctoral candidate will be granted a one-year contract first, followed by an evaluation and extension after two years for another two-year period depending on the achievements during the contractual periods. The contracts include occupational health services, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Among European cities, Helsinki is special in being safe, clean, and close to nature, with a high quality of life. English is spoken everywhere. For more information about living in Finland: .

How to apply

Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree in a related field (applications completing their studies during early 2020 will also be considered). Proficiency in English is mandatory.

To apply, an application must include:

  • Motivation letter with contact information and preferred starting date (max one A4 page)
  • Description of research interests for the dissertation (max two A4 pages)
  • CV and contact information for 2 reference persons (max two A4 pages)
  • Summary of the Master’s Thesis (max one A4 page)

All material should be submitted in English in a single pdf-file (compiled with the order specified above). The application should be sent through the eRecruitment system (link ‘Apply now’ below) by 8 December 2019. Email applications will not be taken into account. Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not applied during the application period.

For more information

General information about admission criteria of doctoral studies at Aalto University can be found at

For additional information, please contact Assistant Professor Claudio Roncoli. In recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Kirsi Kärkkäinen tel. +358 50 591 3981. E-mails:

Espoo 24.10.2019

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