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PhD scholarship in Dynamic Traffic Assignment with Integrated Behavioural Modelling

Technical University of Denmark
Denmark (DK)
Agreement for state-employed academics between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confed
Closing date
Sep 15, 2022

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DTU Management at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in the Network modelling group of the Division of Transport.

If you are interested in urban transportation systems, have a background in transportation, logistics, mathematical modelling, behavioral modelling or operations research and wish to establish a scientific career within this field, this PhD position is the right one for you. In the project you will push the frontier by developing Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) models that embed realistic and consistent behavioural modelling incorporating considerations of travel time reliability

Urban transportation networks are plagued by traffic congestion and contribute to a significant share of societal energy consumption and emissions. Addressing this critical challenge through sustainable solutions for future urban mobility requires the development of robust, realistic, and accurate models of the transportation network. DTA models area a promising approach for this, by combining behavioural models of route and departure time choice (demand) with models that capture the temporal dynamics of congestion (supply). However, the critical issue of variability in the transportation system (due to weather, incidents, special events, etc.) has not yet been addressed, and this will be the purpose of your project. Moreover, you will advance the state-of-the-art by developing DTA models with behaviourally realistic route choice models incorporating travel time reliability, while considering the dynamic and stochastic nature of network travel times. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to develop and implement models and solution algorithms for DTA that extend the start-of-the-art to incorporate behaviourally realistic models of route choice (including user perceptions of travel time reliability) and consider the day-to-day variability in travel times. Utilising unique large-scale data sources, you will also apply and calibrate these to a real-world network.

You will work with an inter-disciplinary team of experts within the topic and be part of the Network Modelling group within the Division of Transport at DTU Management. The division also consists of research groups within transport demand, machine learning for smart mobility, transport economics and transport psychology. As part of your responsibilities, you will disseminate your research through journal publications and international conferences and participate in teaching activities.

This project is a partnership with the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), and you are expected to do an extended research visit to Professor Shlomo Bekhor at Technion.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The degree should be within Transportation Modelling, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Data Science, Behavioural Studies, or related.


  • Knowledge in statistics and probabilities is required
  • Transportation modelling disciplines in your educational background are preferable
  • Programming capabilities are preferable, e.g. in Python

The following soft skills are also important:  

  • Good communication skills in English, both written and orally
  • Willingness to engage in group-work with a multi-national team

Approval and Enrolment


The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.



The assessment of the applicants will be made by shortly after the application deadline.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Otto Anker Nielsen,, Associate Professor Thomas Kjær Rasmussen,, or Assistant Professor Ravi Seshadri,

You can read more about DTU Management at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 September 2022 (Danish time). Apply online here: PhD scholarship in Dynamic Traffic Assignment with Integrated Behavioural Modelling

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Management
DTU Management conducts high-level research and teaching with a focus on sustainability, transport, innovation and management science. Our goal is to create knowledge on the societal aspects of technology - including the interaction between technology and sustainability, business growth, infrastructure and prosperity. Therefore, we explore and create value in the areas of management science, innovation and design thinking, business analytics, systems and risk analyses, human behaviour, regulation and policy analysis. The department offers teaching from introductory to advanced courses/projects at BSc, MSc and PhD level. The Department has a staff of app. 350. Read more here.

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