EngD position: Development of a Digital Twin for Resilient Multimodal Corridors

EngD position: Development of a Digital Twin for Resilient Multimodal Corridors

Published Deadline Location
31 Oct today Enschede

Job description

The Netherlands has an internationally leading position regarding logistics and is renowned for its advanced multimodal logistics infrastructure and extensive network of corridors and hubs. However, the performance and reliability of corridors heavily depend on inland shipping, which are under pressure due to climate change and a variety of disruptions. Disruptive events (e.g., drought, flooding and infrastructure failure/downtime) reveal vulnerabilities of corridors and bring negative cascading effects on their performance. Changing the ecological system and physical infrastructure is costly and time consuming (due to consultation and public participation procedures). However, the logistics system can be redesigned to create resilient and climate adaptive corridors.

Digital Twinning (DT) of different urban assets and systems has gained significant popularity in recent years. In this practice, a living and dynamic model of the asset is developed to reflects current status of the asset through the use of (near) real-time data. An accurate DT of a physical asset allows for: (1) assessing the performance of the physical asset using available information such as environmental and operational actions (e.g., ambient temperature/radiation, precipitation, water level) and the structural system’s response to the actions (e.g., soil saturation, water excess/deficiency), and (2) simulating likely scenarios negatively affecting the system, such as floods, draughts, failures of locks, and finding solutions for a quick recovery or adaptiveness of the system (Negi et al. 2023).

In addition to the physical aspects of the envisioned DT, it will serve the purpose of optimizing the logistics in multimodal corridors and supply chains. Policy makers will utilize the DT for decision making regarding investments in physical infrastructure. This way, the DT will become a multi-purpose DT of a multi-modal corridor. Such DT can be deployed for a variety of use cases, applications, scenarios, which come from different perspectives. This activity focuses on the development of a multi-purpose DT.

To the best of our knowledge, no operational DT exists for multimodal logistics corridors. Therefore, The aim of the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) candidate is to develop a robust DT that is integrated with appropriate simulation techniques.

The following questions will be addressed:
  • What inputs (e.g., geometry data, material properties, logistics information) are needed to create a multi-purpose DT?
  • What are the main modules, components and interfaces of the DT?
  • Which models are best suited to support simulation, analysis and optimization?


University of Twente (UT)


We are searching for the best MSc graduate with:
  • a proven affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments.
  • a background in information systems, data analysis & fusion, and affinity with civil systems is anticipated.

Besides, you have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions/crafting designs for complex civil technological issues with a multidisciplinary character.

Important professional skills are:
  • Dutch and English language skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork, initiative and self-reflection.

Conditions of employment

We offer a contract for 24 months. During these two years you follow a tailor-made post-master design programme with a combination of education (50%) and working on a design project (50%).

Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus.

On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified and recognised degree.

You will be entitled to use the academic degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (EngD) and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVINIRIA).

Additional information

If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the PDEng programme in Civil Engineering, please contact Roland Kromanis (r.kromanis@utwente.nl) or Farid Vahdati (f.vahdatikhaki@utwente.nl ).

Please upload your application through the button 'Apply' before 30 November 2023.
Include a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications you may have done.

The interviews are scheduled in week 51 (18 - 23 December 2023).


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €2618 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1502


University of Twente (UT)

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