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PhD on Robust train trajectory optimization

This PhD project is part of a research collaboration between Delft University Technology and the Netherlands Railways (NS). The growing railway transport …

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Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


This PhD project is part of a research collaboration between Delft University Technology and the Netherlands Railways (NS).

The growing railway transport demand requires new methods for on-time and energy-efficient train running to increase railway performance. In particular, train trajectory planning is becoming an essential component in the planning and control of trains. The train trajectory optimization problem aims at computing optimal speed trajectories as function of distance to achieve comfortable, energy-efficient and punctual train driving. Train trajectory optimization is used in Driver Advisory Systems (DAS) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) for different Grades of Automation (GoA).

The main objective of this PhD position is to develop models and methods to compute robust train trajectories that optimize on-time running and energy efficiency in the presence of daily stochastic variations and uncertainty of input parameters. You will analyse train data, investigate the impact of parameter variations on the volatility of computed trajectories, and develop algorithms for real-time robust trajectory generation that can be used in a DAS and ATO, incorporating also dynamic information about preceding trains.

The duration of the PhD position will be for four years (48 months). As a PhD you will enrol in the CEG Graduate School (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/ceg/research/graduate-school/) and have as well the opportunity to join the TRAIL Research School (rstrail.tudelft.nl/). Both platforms provide a stimulating research environment and ample support during your PhD.


We are looking for candidates with an MSc in railway transport, applied mathematics, and/or related fields, with a focus on (optimal) control or optimization, and an interest in railways. Excellent English level is required while mastering Dutch is an advantage .


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

The minimum salary is your salary in your first year. The salary mentioned as the maximum will be your salary in your fourth year.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof Dr Rob Goverde, r.m.p.goverde@tudelft.nl.