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PhD scholarship in autonomous vehicles: data scientist for optimized energy management of autonomous vehicle fleets

The position is in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The candidate will work in the research centre MOBI (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre). MOBI is a top-notch research group with an international reputation in the fields of sustainable transport and its integration in the energy system. It has an international and multidisciplinary team of 100 specialists and currently participates in 25 running EU projects.

MOBI is now involved in a University Strategic Research Program on the topic of automated vehicles. The program addresses the impact of vehicle automation on the mobility and logistics system in particular, and on society as a whole, taking into account technical and societal aspects. We are offering a 4 year scholarship for a phd in data science for automated vehicles. It will address the optimal energetic management of a fleet of automated electric vehicles and their integration in in the electric grid with the maximal use of renewables. The answer will be generated through modelling of automated vehicles at individual and fleet level based on real-life driving (big) data, the calculation of aggregated fleet routing for lowest consumption through multi-agent and network models, the development of self-learning algorithms, and the integration of the charging scheme in the management of an electricity grid in a vehicle-to-grid context.


  • Conducting R&D according to the workplan of the project (including literature studies, simulations, data analysis, measurements etc. ) and towards a PhD
  • SDisseminate research results through conferences and journal publications
  • Collaborate with other researchers (internal and external) and project partners
  • Write and successfully defend a PhD thesis at the conclusion of the research


  • Master degree in Electromechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Data Sciences
  • Good knowledge of big data analytics, artificial intelligence and agent-based modelling/li>
  • Knowledge of affinity with electric vehicles and energy systems
  • Interest in research and development
  • Good with programming languages, data processing software, simulation software
  • Good communication skills in English (speaking and writing), knowledge of Dutch is added value
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently while carrying out complex tasks
  • Proactive and able to take initiative

Our offer

  • 1 year scholarship (renewable up to 4 years)
  • Hospitalization cover
  • Free use of public transport for travel to and from work
  • Extensive sporting facilities and a nursery on campus
  • Young, international and challenging work environment at the cutting edge of innovative research

Starting date: As soon as possible

How to Apply

Please send the following documents to:

  • CV;
  • Comprehensive details of academic portfolio;
  • Diplomas;
  • Transcripts and scores;
  • At least two recommendation letters should be provided;
  • Cover letter