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PhD position: Synchromodal transport modelling

The Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has a strong tradition in state-of-the-art research on e-mobility and socio-economic analysis in sustainable mobility and logistics.

A multidisciplinary team of more than 150 specialists addresses the challenges that the transport value chain faces, by integrating the engineering, economy, policy, sociology & environmental sciences. 

The Vrije Universtiteit Brussel (VUB) has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education landscape for 40 years.


You start on a research project situated in the domain of synchromodal transport and the physical internet. This is a novel approach for freight traffic flows. The project is a collaboration of different Flemish universities and companies. Your research will focus in specific on the simulation of hinterland transport via an agent-based transport model. You will investigate the impact of implementing synchromodal transport for hinterland transport on logistic service providers, stakeholders and society as a whole.

Your profile

You are a motivated researcher with strong interest in new developments in the domain of intermodal freight transport and have a good academic track record, preferably in Business Engineering, Economics, Traffic Engineering, Geography, Engineering or Computer Science. You have a good knowledge of transport modelling and experience with simulation and programming languages (e.g. Java or Python). You are a team player. You are a good communicator and write fluently in English. You are willing to attend project meetings and travel abroad forHOr meetings and conferences.


You start as a full-time researcher as in a dynamic and stimulating working environment. We offer an attractive salary as well as extra-legal benefits such as free public transport and hospitalisation insurance.

How to apply?

Please submit the documents listed below to

  • a CV with contact details of two references;

  • a short cover letter (max 500 words) expressing your specific interest in working at MOBI and pursuing a PhD.

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