Post Doc on transport safety and human factors (temporary position for 2 years) TU Delft

Post Doc on transport safety and human factors (temporary position for 2 years) TU Delft

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16 Sep 3 Oct Delft

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The Safety and Security Science section invites applications for a Post Doc position for a period of 2 years, within the framework of the Horizons 2020 EU-funded research project iDreams.

The aim of the project is to define, develop, test and validate a context-aware ‘safety tolerance zone’ for on-road driving by taking into account driver-related background factors (age, driving experience, safety attitudes, etc.), real-time physiological indicators (fatigue, distraction, stress, etc.) as well as driving complexity indicators (time of day, speed, traffic density, vulnerable road users, adverse weathers etc.). Moreover, safety-oriented interventions will be developed to prevent drivers from getting too close to the boundaries of unsafe operation and to bring back the driver into the safety tolerance zone. Initial testing will take place in a driving simulator environment after which promising interventions will be tested and validated under real-world conditions in a testbed consisting of 600 drivers in total across 5 EU countries.

As the successful candidate, you will contribute to the methodology development and experimental design of iDreams, including the selection of Big Data collection and processing tools and procedures. You will make an important contribution to the data analysis for the identification of factors associated with reaching the boundaries of the ‘safety tolerance zone’, as well as in the development of models reflecting the complex relationship between the above factors and collision risk. You will also have a key role in promoting the transfer of knowledge between transport modes throughout the project.

For more information on the iDreams project please click here.   


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • A PhD in transportation engineering, data science, psychology & human factors - or other relevant discipline.
  • Research experience on transport safety, driver behaviour & human factors, analytical methods in transport safety research - demonstrable by a strong publications record;
  • Experience with EU-funded research projects is desirable;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with data processing and statistical methods;
  • Excellent skills of the English language (oral and written);
  • Strong motivation to contribute to cutting-edge research on human factors in transport safety;
  •  Excellent organisational and communication skills, flexibility and willingness to work in a team. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Temporary.

The position has a scope of 32 hours per week. This is a temporary appointment for two years, with an intended starting date of 1 December 2019.

The 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. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.    


Technische Universiteit Delft

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

The faculty of TPM conducts research and teaching at the intersection of technology and management. It combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences. The Faculty’s mission is to develop robust models and designs in order to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked, urbanized knowledge society.

The Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) department is one of the three departments of the TPM faculty. The department focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, and consists of a unique combination of philosophers, economists and risk scientists.

The Safety and Security Science section is one of the three sections within the VTI department. Its mission is to contribute and excel with scientific methods and techniques in developing evidence-based theories and innovative practices, in order to quantify, predict, visualise and optimise risk and hazard levels of loss of human life and multi-variate damage. The Section research themes include risk quantification, human factors, organisational and management factors, impacts of new threats and technologies, and risk and crisis communication. Their application domains include the transport sector (road, rail, maritime, aviation), critical infrastructures (energy, water, cyber, etc.), process and nuclear industries (incl. transport of hazardous materials), and the emergency response and health sector. For more information, please visit the website, click here.   


  • Postdoc
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €2709—€4274 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ATTBM 19.024


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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