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PhD and Post?doc openings in the frame of the ERC Advanced Grant TRAMAN21, University of Crete, Greece

Successful applicants will be hired from the 1st of March 2013

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The research proposal TRAMAN21 (Traffic Management for the 21st Century) has been recently selected by the European Research Council (ERC) to receive funding through an ERC Advanced Grant. The principal investigator of TRAMAN21 is Prof Markos Papageorgiou, Technical University of Crete, Greece. This is an announcement for 1 Post?doc research position and 3 PhD candidate positions. Successful applicants will be hired from the 1st of March 2013, the earliest, and for a period of up to 4 years. Applications can be emailed to: markos@dssl.tuc.gr.

-Project Abstract
Traffic congestion on metropolitan motorways is a serious threat for the economic and social life of modern societies as well as for the environment, which calls for drastic and radical solutions. Some conventional traffic management measures currently applied, face limitations. During the last decade, there has been an enormous effort to develop a variety of Vehicle Automation and Communication Systems (VACS) that are expected to revolutionise the features and capabilities of individual vehicles within the next decades. VACS are typically developed to benefit the individual vehicle, without a clear view or understanding for the implications, potential advantages and disadvantages they may have for the resulting, accordingly modified traffic characteristics. Thus, the gradual introduction of VACS brings along the (largely ignored) necessity and continuously growing opportunities for accordingly adapted or utterly new traffic management actions and strategies.

It is the main objective of TRAMAN21 to develop the foundations and first steps that will pave the way towards a new era of future motorway traffic management research and practice, which is indispensable in order to accompany, complement and exploit the evolving VACS deployment. TRAMAN21 assesses the relevance of VACS for improved traffic flow and develops specific options for a sensible upgrade of the traffic conditions, particularly at the network’s weak points, i.e. at bottlenecks and incident locations. The proposed work comprises the development of new traffic flow modelling and control approaches, on the basis of appropriate methods from many?particle Physics, Automatic Control and Optimization, to consider and exploit the novel vehicle capabilities at a network?wide level. A field trial is included, aiming at a preliminary testing and demonstration of the developed concepts.

TRAMAN21 risk stems from the uncertainty in the VACS evolution, which is a challenge for the required modelling and control developments. But, if successful, TRAMAN21 will contribute to a substantial reduction of the estimated annual European traffic congestion cost of 120 billion € and related environmental pollution and will trigger further innovative developments and a new era of traffic flow modelling and control research.

1 Post?doc Research Position
Duration of contract: 12 months (with an option for an extension up to 4 years).
Occupation: Carrying out basic research as specified in the Project's Description of Work (DoW).
Salary: 1700 ? 2500 €/month depending on qualifications.
Required Qualifications: Phd in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

-Desirable Qualifications
PhD related to optimization, optimal control, automatic control, traffic flow modelling and control.
Experience in research projects.
Experience in dissemination of research results in scientific journals and conferences.
Language proficiency in spoken and written English.

-Set of Application Documents
Motivation letter.
Curriculum Vitae including complete list of publications.
Recommendation letters from 2 internationally?recognised seniors, with assessment of the candidate’s research capacity, team work abilities and personality.

3 Research Positions (PhD candidates)
Duration of contract: 12 months (with an option for an extension up to 4 years).
Occupation: Carrying out basic research as specified in the Project's Description of Work (DoW).
Salary: 1300 ? 1500 €/month depending on qualifications.
Required Qualifications: Diploma/MSc in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

-Desirable Qualifications
MSc related to optimization, optimal control, automatic control, traffic flow modelling and control.
Participation in research projects.
Experience in dissemination of research results in scientific journals and conferences.
Language proficiency in spoken and written English.

-Set of Application Documents:
Motivation letter.
Curriculum Vitae including complete list of publications.
Recommendation letters from 2 internationally?recognised seniors, with assessment of the candidate’s research capacity, team work abilities and personality.