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Full-time PhD position on Connected Intelligent Bicycle Platform


Job description

The Research Project:
The goal of this project is the design, development and testing of a smart cycling eco-system where bicycles communicate in real time with each other and with the urban transport infrastructure (e.g. traffic lights) to optimize the use and to improve traffic safety, economical value, and efficiency. This requires technologies and mechanisms to allow monitoring the bike, understanding the cyclist and the context, as well as data sharing between cyclists, industry, service providers, government, and urban planners. The new eco-system can drive decision-making, behavior incentivization, and ultimately investment across government, and beyond. A key ingredient is an AI-enabled IoT ecosystem in which data is securely collected, shared, processed in combination with other data sources and made available to establish new services.

We are seeking a PhD candidate for the full-time 4-year project on “Connected Intelligent Bicycle platform” within the department of Computer Science at the Pervasive Systems Research group. In this project, a connected bicycle ecosystem will be designed, combining the capabilities of sensing, wireless technology and data science, to make bicycle use safer, more reliable, and comfortable. Bicycles can collect data from itself, cyclists, and surroundings (other bicycles, vehicles, pedestrian, infrastructure, etc.)  and be aware of context and interact with it. Extensive experiments will be carried out to gather data with various sensors, identify the relevant features, and develop and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the system.

Your profile

  • You are a MSc-level graduate in computer science with a technical background and interest in embedded systems, wireless networks, data analytics, or related fields.
  • You have good communication skills and you have a strong interest in operating at the crossroads of different disciplines.
  • You have an excellent command of English (C1; above IELTS 7 or equivalent).
  • You are able to do independent research and have publication skills.

Our offer

  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position;
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities;
  • You are offered a professional and personal development program within the Twente Graduate School;
  • A starting salary of € 2.395 gross per month in the first year and a salary of € 3.061 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%, minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment and a solid pension scheme;
  • A training program in which you and your supervisor will make up a plan for additional suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff.

Information and application

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the Twente Graduate School (TGS). Your work location is Enschede, but you can spend a part of your time at consortium partners.

Additional information about this position can be obtained from prof. dr. Paul Havinga:, Pervasive Systems Research group, Department of Computer Science, University of Twente. Please do not submit your application to this email address. This vacancy remains open until a suitable candidate is selected.
You MUST submit your application before Feb. 15, 2021 via the 'Apply now' button and include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, motivations to apply for this position;
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, references and, if applicable, a list of publications.
  • A short description (maximum 1 page A4) of your MSc research.

An assessment may be part of the selection procedure.

About the department

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.

About the organization

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the EEMCS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

Full-time PhD position on Connected Intelligent Bicycle Platform
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