Phd Position On Railway Scheduling (0.8 - 1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
May 31, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2541
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PhD Position on Railway Scheduling (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Job description

In this PhD position you will join the Department of Information and Computer Science of Utrecht University in the LTP Robust Rail Project on Responsible Decision Support for Efficient and Dynamic Railway Systems. This project is a collaboration between Utrecht University, NS (Dutch Railways, the main Dutch passenger rail operator), ProRail (the Dutch rail infra manager) and TU Delft. The main goal is to improve the planning of Railway hubs, consisting of station areas and service sites. As you will work on real-life research questions with high societal impact your results might actually be implemented in practice to improve public transport.


You are a team player with a strong motivation to pursue a PhD-degree. Next to that we would like you to bring:

  • a Msc-degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field;
  • strong programming skills;
  • prior experience with Optimization techniques;
  • a strong interest in applied research;
  • good communication and collaboration skills;
  • good English academic writing and presentation skills;
  • because of cooperation with NS and ProRail, proficiency in Dutch is a clear advantage.
  • If your profile does not completely meet the above criteria, but you are interested and enthusiastic about this project, we would still like to hear from you.


  • We offer a personalized development program and extensive lab facilities including support. During your PhD you are ensured of the continuous support of NS and ProRail.;
  • A position for 5 years;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from € 2541,- to € 3247,- in scale P;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

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    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

    At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity's most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

    Additional information

    For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Han Hoogeveen ([email protected]) or Dr. Ir. Marjan van den Akker ([email protected]).

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

  • scans of Bachelor's and/or Master's transcripts (incl. grade list), with a certified translation in English if the degree qualification is not in Dutch or English;
  • your Bachelor's and Master's theses.
  • It is possible that we will ask you for references later.If you are within a few months from the completion of your Master's degree, we also welcome you to apply! In that case, please enclose a letter from your Master's thesis supervisor indicating when you are likely to graduate. We are flexible with respect to the starting date.If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

    The application deadline is 31/05/2023

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