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PDEng position in Software Development to estimate the PVI effects on vehicle fuel consumption

Job description

Fuel consumption of vehicles depends on several factors, including rolling resistance (RR). RR is defined as the energy lost when the vehicle tyre rolls over a pavement surface, and to a great extent is determined by three pavement-vehicle interaction (PVI) mechanisms: pavement roughness, texture and deflection.

Although most of the strategies adopted by the highway agencies to reduce the environmental footprint of their pavement construction and maintenance practices consists of using waste and recycled materials, low temperature asphalt mixtures, and in-place recycling techniques, a more meaningful reduction can be achieved by lowering the environmental impacts arising from the movement of vehicles due to the pavement condition and characteristics.

To help highway agencies to achieve their long-term sustainability goals, a software is needed that enable them to quickly quantify the impacts of pavement condition and characteristics on RR and consequent effects on additional vehicle fuel consumption.

The main objective of the project:

To develop a software that deploys data driven models intended to estimate the effects of pavement condition and characteristics on RR and consequent additional vehicle fuel consumption under driving conditions. The goal is to improve the understanding and modelling of the role of road pavements on additional vehicle fuel consumption due to RR. Data collection campaigns will be performed by using an instrumented vehicle. The obtained data will be analysed using data mining techniques to obtain data-driven knowledge and develop models that capture the complex correlations between the variables involved in the PVI mechanisms and their effects on vehicle fuel consumption.

The expected outcomes of the project:

  • Data-driven models to estimate the PVI effects on additional vehicle fuel consumption.
  • A software that deploys the developed models to allow the quick assessment of the impact of pavement design and management decisions on the vehicle energy consumption and environmental impacts arising from the pavement use phase.

Your profile

We are looking for the best MSc graduated with a background on civil engineering, mechanical engineering, systems & control or automation field. Besides, the candidate must be eager to learn and have a can-do mindset and the ambition and talent to find solutions/craft designs for complex technological issues with a multidisciplinary character, strong problem solving abilities and out-of-the-box thinking. Strong knowledge and hands-on experience with data analytics, handling and processing big data, machine learning algorithms, statistics and programming languages (preferentially Python) are of upmost importance for the candidate to successfully complete the project. Communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-initiative, self-motivation and capacity to deliver accurate work are equally appreciated. Finally, professional command of English (both written and spoken) is mandatory.

Our offer

We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. In this time we will provide you with a tailor made post-master design program that has an educational component (~50%) as well as a design project (~50%). The project will be performed in collaboration with the Gustave Eiffel University’s EASE laboratory.

We offer:

  • A salary of € 1.970 gross per month.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.

On successfully completing the program, you will receive a certified and recognised degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree PDEng and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).

Information and application

Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications relevant for the project before 9 August 2021 through the link below.

If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the PDEng programme in Civil Engineering, please contact João Santos at j.m.oliveiradossantos@utwente.nl.

General information about PDEng programmes can be found at http://www.utwente.nl/pdeng/en/

About the organization

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, 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, customisable conditions.

PDEng position in Software Development to estimate the PVI effects on vehicle fuel consumption
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