PhD Scholarship in Positioning for Safe and Efficient Railway Traffic

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in information science. The funding allows successful candidate to work for two years. Applicants should apply before January 10, 2019.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The doctoral project will be performed at the division of Information Science and Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KTH, and will be done in collaboration with Trafikverket, within the framework of the large European project SHIFT2RAIL. This doctoral project is one of several in a joint initiative between Trafikverket and KTH, in order to reach results that can be used within future versions of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Accurate positioning of trains and other rail vehicles is crucial to maintain safety and allow efficient use of railway systems. In today's railway networks, position information is primarily obtained using balises, that are mounted along the track and transmit signals to passing trains, about their position. For future version of traffic management systems, more accurate positioning is needed, while it also is desirable to reduce the cost for installation and maintenance of the balises. The goal of this project is to propose, analyze and evaluate cost-efficient positioning solutions, based on combinations of different sources of information, such as GNSS, odometers, inertial sensors, map information, and cameras. In addition to estimating the position, it is equally important to be able to provide guarantees on the accuracy of the estimates, as input to the traffic management. If one or several of the sensors fail, it is crucial to quickly detect the failure, but also to keep providing as accurate position estimates as possible, including relevant safety margins, so that the traffic can be maintained and is not stopped completely.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

The applicant should hold or to be about to receive and MSc degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Physics or an equivalent degree, with a strong mathematical background. We are seeking a candidate who has a good foundation and a large interest in stochastic signal processing.

Good command of English orally and in writing, is required.

A candidate who does not know Swedish should have an interest and goal to learn Swedish during the doctoral education.

A Degree of Licentiate has less extensive requirements than a Doctoral Degree and can normally be obtained after two years of completed studies within one of KTH’s third-cycle subjects. The Degree of Licentiate corresponds to 120 ECTS credits and consists of courses (the amount depending on the third-cycle subject, but with a minimum of 30 ECTS credits), research work and a licentiate thesis.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).


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