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EngD position Development of multi-sensory positioning system for pavement equipment

Interested in contributing to better roads in the Netherlands and passionate about high-end technological design? Consider the EngD program at the University of Twente. It's a 2-year post-master's degree focused on technological design. Work with ASPARi network companies on a design project to develop a creative solution for improving the construction process of asphalt roads.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 2,618
  • Deadline
    15 Mar 2024

The challenge

Dutch construction firms need to extend warranty periods for asphalt roads, driving a push for better road quality. The ASPARi research unit, along with 10 contractors and Rijkswaterstaat, aims to develop technology-driven solutions for monitoring and enhancing asphalt construction. A challenge is the reliance on GPS, which has limitations in urban areas, tunnels, and wooded regions.

The mission

The project's mission is to develop a sensor fusion method for accurate real-time positioning of paving equipment. The goal is to achieve consistent <50 cm accuracy without RTK bridge assistance, minimal sensitivity to site conditions, and near-real-time positioning.

The outcome

The project aims to create a working prototype that improves the accuracy, reliability, and robustness of the real-time paving monitoring system. This enhancement will lead to better road quality, reduced material usage, and improved productivity.

Your profile

  • We seek MSc graduates with a background in sensor fusion, positioning systems, and/or computer vision.
  • Knowledge of real-time systems and operator support systems is advantageous.
  • Strong Dutch and English language skills, communication, teamwork, initiative, and problem-solving are essential.
  • Prior knowledge in road design and construction is beneficial.

Our offer

  • We offer a very challenging position for two years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment.
  • salary of € 2618 gross per month;
  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.
  • A tailor-made post-master design program that has an educational component (50%) as well as a design project (50%);
  • On completing the program, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree EngD 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

If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the EngD programme in Civil Engineering, please contact Farid Vahdati at f.vahdatikhaki@utwente.nl  or Seirgei Miller at s.r.miller@utwente.nl  or telephone: 053 489 4254.

Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications you may have done. An interview will be part of the selection process. The application deadline is 15 March 2024.

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The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

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Miller, S.R. (Seirgei)

Miller, S.R. (Seirgei)
Associate Professor

Miller, S.R. (Seirgei)
Associate Professor

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

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1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

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2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

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The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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