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TH Bingen
Fachbereich 2
Berlinstr. 109
55411 Bingen

The Department of Technology, Computer Science and Economics is looking for applicants for a full-time position (39 h/week)

PhD Position (m/f/d) "artificial intelligence in automated railway scheduling"

at the next possible date. We are offering you a contract for the duration of 3 years with the option of extension.

We are collaborating with DB Netz AG (Deutsche Bahn) in a research project to develop novel algorithms for the automatic creation of railway timetables. DB Netz has a unique leadership role in the application of algorithms for automated railway scheduling and currently runs a significant portion of freight traffic using schedules created by artificial intelligence.

The research project

In the last years, a large portion of freight railway traffic in Germany has switched to automated timetables. The task of automating the schedules of passenger trains poses a not yet solved challenge, as these are more interconnected, and current algorithms are not performing well on this task, especially at the scale of the German railway network. New algorithmic directions need to be explored, e.g., using decompositions, heuristics, column generation, and novel combinatorial algorithms as well as machine learning-based approaches that mimic the solutions of human planners. Another important research direction is the development of intelligent algorithms which can adjust timetables to disturbances that occur during railway operations. Here speed, as well as the robustness of the algorithm, is key. Due to our close collaboration with DB Netz, we have the unique opportunity to quickly test new approaches under realistic circumstances. Successful approaches will likely be used in practice.

Your profile

  • Master in computer science, mathematics, or related fields with a strong background in artificial intelligence, combinatorial optimization, and operations research
  • Good programming experience in several programming languages and the ability and willingness to quickly learn new ones
  • Experience with C++ and Python is desirable
  • Good experience with Linux and Shell-Scripting
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Very good cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a distributed team in an international and interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent communication skills in English are mandatory

Our offer

  • Salary in line with pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TV-L)
  • Possibility to join a company pension scheme with the VBL
  • We are offering a family-friendly workplace and flexible working hours
  • A creative and international team that conducts research at the frontiers of science
  • Chance of participating in (international) conferences
  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure
  • Possibility of mobile working
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training Programme

The University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Bingen) is committed to equal rights for women and men and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference.

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Contact Person
Prof. Florian Dahms
+49 6721 409-265