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PhD student position in the Applied Geometric Algorithms group

In the context of a joint research project with Utrecht University, HERE, Fugro, and the NDW, we offer a 4-year PhD student position in the Applied Geometric Algorithms group at the Department of Computer Science at TU Eindhoven.

10 maanden geleden


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


Probe data from vehicles is one of various types of data that concerns traffic and traffic flow. The corresponding GPS-based trajectories allow various types of analyses, but especially the combination with other data like vehicle-based LiDAR or weather data opens up new research opportunities in data correction, pattern detection, and visualization. Both the volume and the heterogeneity of the data poses challenges that can be addressed with an algorithmic approach.

The overall aim of this project is to use computational geometry to provide an algorithmic basis for traffic analysis and traffic visualization. We will analyse speed patterns that arise in trajectory data in the context of road intersections, weather, visibility, land cover, and various other data sets. The focus is on modelling, efficient algorithms, provable properties and optimality of the output. We are also interested in visualizations of abstract data like traffic flow within the context of 3D city environments, to discover to what extent the 3D context can be exploited without obscuring the flow data. The project team consists of researchers from the 'Applied Geometric Algorithms' group at TU Eindhoven and from the chair 'Computational Geometry and its Application' at Utrecht University.

We collaborate with two private and one public partner: HERE, Fugro, and the NDW. Via our partners we will have access to vast amounts of traffic and context data, such as more than one billion real time vehicle probes every day, 3D city models, and data collected every minute at 25.000 sites on 8.000 km of roads in the Netherlands.


We are looking for candidates that meet the following requirements:

  • a solid background in computer science with specialization in algorithms or related areas (demonstrated by a relevant Master's degree and project);
  • good communication skills in English, both in speaking and in writing;
  • capability and willingness to work both independently and in a team; highly motivated, enthusiastic, and proactive.

  • An ideal candidate also has
  • an affinity with mathematics, geometric algorithms, and/or visualization;
  • programming skills and the willingness to develop research prototypes.

  • Arbeidsvoorwaarden

    We offer:
  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating research environment;
  • a full time temporary appointment for a period of 4 years, with an intermediate evaluation after 9 months;
  • a gross salary of €2.222 per month in the first year increasing up to €2.840 in the fourth year;
  • healthy travel funding for presenting your work at the leading conferences and for research visits;
  • support for your personal development and career planning including courses, summer schools, conference visits etc.;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. support in moving expenses and commuting expenses, excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus child care, and excellent sports facilities, extra holiday allowance (8%, May), and end-of-year bonus (8.3%, December)).
  • Additionele informatie

    More information can be obtained from:
  • About the position: prof.dr. Bettina Speckmann, e-mail: b.speckmann@tue.nl;
  • About the employment conditions: Marjolein von Reth, HR advisor, e-mail: pzwin@tue.nl.

  • The application should consist of the following parts:
  • cover letter explaining your motivation and qualifications for the position;
  • detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications with download links and software developed with links to repositories);
  • list of courses taken at the Bachelor and Master level including grades;
  • an electronic copy of your MSc thesis. If you have not completed your thesis yet, please explain your current situation;
  • names and email addresses of at least two contacts who can be approached with a reference letter request.

  • The selection process will start in May 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available immediately. The starting date is somewhat flexible, however, an ideal candidate would be available no later than September 2018.

    Please apply by using the 'Apply for this job' button.

    Applications submitted by e-mail will not be considered.