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This PhD project is part of the European ERJU (Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking) project IAM4RAIL. The goal of the overall project is to develop novel methods for asset management of railway infrastructure.
The aim of this PhD project is to develop novel prediction and decision making methods for maintenance of railway tracks. A first step involves the development of improved methods for prediction of track condition based on multi-sensing (i.e., integration and fusion of heterogeneous data from various sources). We will in particular focus on track geometry and condition prediction using a combination of model-based and data-driven approaches. A next step involves the identification of the needs for maintenance of the railway infrastructure based on the predictions, measurements, and data analysis. The third part of the PhD project involves the development of optimization-based and/or AI-based methods for planning and scheduling of maintenance operations taking into account operational costs, risks, and the need to minimize disruption to railway traffic.
This PhD project is done in close cooperation with the Section of Railway Engineering of Delft University of Technology.
We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and control, applied mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field, and with a strong background or interest in systems & control, machine learning, and railway infrastructure. The candidate is expected to work on the boundary of several research domains.
A good command of the English language is required. More specifically, doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.
Fixed-term contract: 4 years.
Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
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