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Ph.D. project in "Dynamic route choice models: representing congestion and queue spillbacks"

Posted on: 
Feb 17, 2012
Application Deadline: 
Mar 9, 2012

Ph.D. project in "Dynamic route choice models: representing congestion and queue spillbacks"

Posted on: 
Feb 17, 2012
Application Deadline: 
Mar 9, 2012

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- Kgs. Lyngby

DTU Transport invites applications for a 3-year Ph.D. position starting spring of 2012. The Ph.D. project is financed by the Danish Council for Strategic Research, DTU Transport, and DTU within the IRUC research project focusing on intelligent road user charging (for more information see the IRUC project website:

The Ph.D. project concerns the development of congestion models and dynamic route choice models. As existing models of congestion are conceptually fairly simple, in contrast with the complexity of reality, it is essential to investigate advanced congestion models able to account for a range of phenomena that could be very important for determining the policy response to congestion. Specifically, bottleneck or flow congestion technologies will enable developing dynamic models of congestion to account for a range of phenomena. Moreover, dynamic route choice models will consider how queues evolve and disappear over the rush hours by studying an optimal path algorithm, estimated choice functions allowing for individual heterogeneity, and drawing from empirical evidence from the work package of the project focusing on queue spill backs. The equilibrium concept is stochastic user equilibrium.

The Ph.D. project will be carried out under the supervision of Professor Otto Anker Nielsen and Associate Professor Carlo Giacomo Prato, and it will provide opportunities to collaborate with world renowned leading researchers on the topic.

Candidates must have a master degree in transportation engineering, econometrics, mathematics, or equivalent academic qualifications, preferable with some experiences with transport modelling. Candidates are expected to be able to develop empirical and theoretical contributions to the subject and to have good command of the English language.  

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the Ph.D. degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled at the DTU Transport Ph.D. School. The candidate will be part of the Transport Modelling and Planning Section at DTU Transport.

Information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the Ph.D. project is included in the general rules at DTU, which may be obtained here.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current Danish rules for Ph.D. degree students.

Further information
For further information about the Ph.D. project please contact Professor Otto Anker Nielsen at

Further information concerning DTU Transport is available at

Applications must be submitted in English and we must have your online application by March 9, 2012. Apply online at Please open the link in the grey bar below: "apply for this job online" ("søg stillingen online").

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation to apply for the research project (not more than one page)
  • Curriculum vitae providing relevant academic, employment and personal details
  • Documentation of a relevant completed master degree
  • Original course and grade list of bachelor and master degrees
  • A copy of the master thesis uploaded as pdf-file, and if available any English papers
  • Course and grades converted to Danish grades. Use the Excel template, which may be obtained here
  • Documentation of English language skills, if available TOEFL test

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified applicants regardless of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background.

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