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PDEng Trainee - Smart cities simulation platform developer

Fulltime, two-year trainee position at PDEng program Smart Buildings and Cities of the Eindhoven University of Technology, supported by Eindhoven Engine. Looking for candidates with knowledge of simulation modeling. Experience in traffic modeling and Building Information Modeling are beneficial.

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


PDEng position description - Simulation platform developer
Developments in the field of IT make it possible to connect more and more devices (Sensors, Vehicles, buildings, Humans, etc.) to each other via new generation networks. Remote control of thermostat or home lighting system via smartphone is already possible for several years. The expectation is that in the future billions of devices will be connected via the internet. We are talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT makes buildings and cities increasingly smarter.
This PDEng position is within the TUe-KPN flagship, where both SmartONE and SmartTWO projects have been launched. In the SmartONE/TWO projects, we are investigating the possibilities of achieving a more integral systemic framework for IoT in smart cities. The work is being carried out by 9 Ph.D. students and 2 PDEng students affiliated with TU Eindhoven supported by experts from KPN (Dutch Telecom Company) and professors from the TU Eindhoven. As one of the PDEng students, you will tackle the challenge of 'Simulation of autonomous vehicles in a smart city environment'. You will mainly work with simulation tools/platforms and work on social challenge-based use cases to implement the linkage of 2 PhDs' projects which are named, 'Urban traffic data engineering using Semantic Web technologies to support Autonomous Vehicles', and ' Enable new digital service by using semantic web technologies to create dynamic data clusters of user-centered digital twins'. Meanwhile, you will support these two PhDs' projects as well.
Currently, there are no integral solutions for smart mobility that are using the latest IoT technologies within the field of data science for optimization of energy consumption/emission for (autonomous and electric) mobility within smart urban environments. For this PDEng project you will be in charge of developing a part of such an integrated solution. The aim of this PDEng project is to deliver a simulation platform that simulate the impacts of autonomous vehicles in a smart city environment based on the latest trends in data science and mobility domains. The developed platform will enable the integration of data from (autonomous) vehicles, IoT devices, and built environments through an open-source simulation platform (such as SUMO). From the simulations with this platform we expect to find new opportunities for development of predictive and control models that can be used in mobility-related services in smart cities.

PDEng program general description
The Department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology offers you a trainee position to follow a two-year post-master technological designer program, which leads to the degree of 'Professional Doctorate in Engineering' (PDEng). The SEB&C program consists of two main parts:
  1. Workshops. You will follow technical workshops in which you acquire knowledge concerning important concepts of disciplines other than your own (master) specialism. You will follow these workshops with other SEB&C trainees (all with different master specialisms). The workshops increase your ability to effectively and efficiently communicate with these other disciplines in multidisciplinary design teams. Furthermore, you will follow workshops on design methods, entrepreneurship and professional skills.
  2. Design projects. You will work on a design project with a group of SEB&C trainees and you will work an individual in-company assignment (see description above). The assignment is a design project in collaboration with a company (KPN in this case) and the university. You work within the company structure (facilities, office desk, computer, and other required equipment are provided by the company). It is your main responsibility to manage and execute the project. You are supported by advisors from the company (KPN in this case) and advisors from the university. A business plan for implementation or marketing of the project or product is part of the final deliverables.
A significant part of the first year of the program is dedicated to the workshops, while the second year is mostly dedicated to the in-company assignment. Nonetheless, you will start working on the in-company assignment from the start of the program.

Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program
The Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program wants to contribute to the transition towards smart, intelligent, and sustainable cities where quality of life is high. This transition requires new solutions that can only be created through multiscale and transdisciplinary (design) approaches. The transition is a relevant theme for society (as reflected by the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges formulated by the European Commission), building industry and university (consider the TU/e's Strategic Areas: Energy, Health and Smart Mobility and the TU/e's Smart Cities Program).
This requires technical designers who are able to work in a multidisciplinary environment and know how to communicate with different disciplines and stakeholders. This PDEng program educates trainees to become those technical designers! Please note that this program is about technological design, i.e., the process of solving problems by means of technological design, this in contrast to (PhD) research, which is the process of understanding problems.
After the two year program, our trainees become technical designers with a broad technical understanding of smart cities and related disciplines in the built environment (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, building physics and services and ICT), who excel in their own discipline and who are able to work in multidisciplinary design teams, contribute to designing issues outside their own core disciplines, integrate different technologies into new products and concepts, and who understand the commercial aspects of these innovative products and concepts.


We are looking for

  • A highly motivated candidate with a MSc degree in Data, Computer Science, Electrical, Transportation Engineering, Building Science, Building, Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience in (traffic/energy/IoT) simulation are essential.
  • An interest in software engineering, IoT, and applications for smart cities.
  • An academic attitude in order to develop new systems and perform applied research with an integral view on what is needed for the future built environment.
  • An excellent command of the English language, both in speaking and writing.


  • A full-time traineeship for two years.
  • The traineeship is a formal employment at the Eindhoven University of Technology according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).
  • To support you during your PDEng and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PDEng trainees.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • The university provides all general modern facilities belonging to first-class universities;
    A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, mediation in housing, excellent sports facilities, language courses, modern digital library facilities, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Trainees are provided with their own workplace in the building of the Department of the Built Environment.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

For more information please visit http://www.tue.nl/en/.

Additional information

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
prof.dr.ir. B. de vries, email b.d.vries[at]tue.nl or dr. D. Yang, email d.yang[at]tue.nl.
For more information on the program and our contact information, please check our website:

Click here for information about terms of employment and visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include:
  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position (max. 2 pages).
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references (max. 3 pages).
  • Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas with transcripts + copies of English proficiency tests scores such as IELTS or TOEFL
  • Copy (or a most recent draft version) of your MSc thesis
  • At least two names with contact details (preferably e-mail) of people whom we may contact for more information about you and your thesis, or last professional work.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it.
Screening will continue until the position has been filled.

Please do not upload documents larger than 2MB, so if necessary, reduce the resolution of your documents.


The application deadline for this position is November 30, 2020. After this deadline, the high potential candidates will be shortlisted. These candidates will be invited for a second selection round. In this second round the candidates are requested to send a small assignment
(max. 2-3 pages). After this round, the most promising candidates are invited for an interview with a selection committee. The invited candidates will be asked to prepare a short presentation motivating their interest in the program. After all interviews are conducted the selection committee will decide who will be offered the trainee position.

Our aim is to inform the candidate of our final decision no later than December 31, 2020.


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