Netherlands: PhD in System Optimization of Multimodal Freight Networks

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The research involves developing a modelling
approach for combining economics of transport network design and
environmental economics into an integrated optimization method. This
integrated approach will enable an investment and exploitation analysis
combined with a valuation of external effects such as CO2 emissions,
noise nuisance and fine dust emissions of capacity enlargements. Port
and terminal capacity needs extending within the boundaries of
sustainable accommodation of the expected freight flows. Organizational
and technical improvements could also be implemented in ports and
terminals. All improvements must lead to better sustainability, better
reliability and lower costs. The investment and exploitation
projections for various scenarios will be evaluated together with
organizational and technical designs in the light of environmental
constraints and objectives. The conclusions will help the Randstad area
and its main ports to become more sustainable while at the same
accommodating increased freight flows. Many innovations are being
developed but few enter the market successfully. The challenge lies in
analyzing these innovations in sustainable, financial and
organizational terms. A more detailed research proposal will be
developed together with the PhD candidate.


University Graduate
Applicants should have
an MSc degree in civil engineering, economics or another relevant
research area. Experience with quantitative and qualitative research is
preferred. Applicants should be fluent in English (English supervision)
and be prepared to acquire a reasonable command of the Dutch language.
Independence and perseverance are an advantage.


Delft University of Technology Sustainable Housing Management & Quality Assurance
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a
multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research
in the technical sciences at an internationally recognized level.
Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards
applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations,
focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft
you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society
converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories,
research institutes and schools. 


The Department of Transport and
Infrastructure focuses on research into sustainable and reliable
transport systems. This involves quantitive and qualitative analysis as
well as modelling of performance of freight and passenger transport
systems. Technical, economic, operational, social and environmental
aspects are central issues. The research is multidisciplinary. The
group specializes in intermodal freight transport, urban and
underground transport, corridor, network and terminal development and
air transport.

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 – 3000

Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 2558
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: One year initially with three-year extension
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible
work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of
assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’).
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour
Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

B. Wiegmans
Telephone number: +31 15-2782545
E-mail address:    
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 01-10-2008 by sending your application to:

B. Wiegmans/Transport & Infrastructure
see above

E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number OTB-8008.
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