Post-Doctoral Research Position – Motion Planning and Interactive Control for Self-Driving Cars

TU Delft
Posted 1 month ago

The Intelligent Vehicles section at TU Delft (The Netherlands) invites applications for a fully a funded Post-Doctoral Researcher position in the project “Safe interaction of automated vehicles with Vulnerable Road Users (SafeVRU)”.

Automated driving functions are rapidly deployed for highway driving. Meanwhile, TU Delft is focussing on the next challenge, automated driving in complex urban traffic and interaction with vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as pedestrians and cyclists.

SafeVRU will develop sensing, intent recognition and vehicle control strategies for the interaction of automated vehicles with VRUs. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will focus on motion planning and vehicle control components. (S)He will interact with two PhD candidates that are working on environment perception within the project. The developed SafeVRU methodologies will be validated offline (using recorded data) and online by means of virtual reality labs and vehicle demonstrators, all in realistic conditions.

A hybrid control strategy is envisioned, where discrete decisions (e.g. stop or evade), based on rule-based (symbolic) reasoning, are combined with optimization of motion trajectories and control in the continuous domain, while taking into account vehicle dynamics. The control strategy will preferably result in a driving style that is both comfortable for the vehicle passengers and that is well interpretable by VRUs on the road (e.g. by using early deceleration, communicating to the VRUs the vehicle’s intention to stop).

Requirements Applicants preferably have (or will soon obtain) a PhD degree related to Control Theory, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, or Applied Mathematics.

We are seeking a researcher with a strong interest in performing cutting-edge research in a very active and exciting research area (i.e. self-driving cars by Google, Apple and the automotive industry). Prospective applicants should have an excellent academic record with a solid background in path planning and control theory, preferably in an automotive context. Good software development skills are expected, preferably in C++ and MATLAB/Python. Affinity for turning complex concepts into real-world practice (i.e. vehicle demonstrators) is desired. The successful applicant(s) will be able to conduct work independently as well as collaborate effectively with members of a larger team. Good English skills are required.

Conditions of employment The TU Delft offers a customizable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application For more information about this position, please contact Riender Happee, phone: +31 (0)15-2783213, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV including your interest, experience, courses and grades at the Master and Bachelor level, publications, and references to be contacted. Please e-mail your application to and When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME16-50 in the subject of your email.

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Application deadlineAs soon as possible

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