PhD Scholarship MOBI

Vrije Universiteit Brussel



Company Profile

For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.

Job Description
Staff category Scholarships
Specific designation Doctorate scholarship
Scope of scholarship 1 FTE
Faculty Faculty Social Sciences & Solvay Business School
Department Business Technology and Operations



The preparation of a doctorate, performance of scientific research, or more concretely:


The candidate will carry out research at the research centre MOBI ( and contribute to the interdisciplinary domains of transport, sustainability and socio-economic assessment. The research and approach will be entirely embedded within the research projects of MOBI in line with the skills and knowledge background of the candidate. The goal is to complete a PhD.



  • The candidate will carry out research in the domains of autonomous vehicles.
  • The candidate will work within a research project where the central research problem concerns the impact of autonomous vehicles on mobility and logistics and society as a whole.
  • She/he will write research reports and valorise research results in popular and academic publications.
  • She/he will present research results at international workshops and conferences.
  • She/he will contribute to public dissemination activities
  • She/he will organise workshops and conferences in line with the requirements of the research projects.


Job Profile

The candidate should have

  • A Master’s Degree in Commercial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Transportation, Transport planning, Economics, Informatics, Mathematics, or a related discipline.
  • Interest in mobility with strong quantitative methodological skills and coding skills.
  • Good qualitative research skills are a plus.
  • Capability to work together with other researchers within MOBI and beyond, as well as the ability to work alone
  • Strong oral and written communication in English are essential, good knowledge of Dutch is essential and of French is an advantage.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of partners.
  • Good time management and planning skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge of additional software (i.e. MATSim, R, GIS, MATLAB, OPL, etc.) is a plus.

Candidates that have not yet acquired their MSc degree can apply and participate in the selection procedure but need to offer proof of registration in their MSc programme and need to have complied with all diploma requirements before starting their position at VUB-MOBI.

Degree or Diploma.

You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.

The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of enrolment of the fellow as a doctorate student at the university.


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.

Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both[VB1]  campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to


Additional Information
Expected starting date 01/10/2019
Duration of scholarship 12 months (renewable)
Waiting period Applications to be submitted no later than 01/09/2019
Contact person Prof. Lieselot Vanhaverbeke
Contact via telephone (02)614 83 40
Contact via e-mail



Applications can only be made ONLINE

Your application must include the following as a minimum:

  • A concise CV;
  • The academic dossier with all relevant elements;
  • A brief statement of reasons for the candidature, including an explanation of the expansion of future research;
  • Degrees and diplomas.

In your application, please refer to


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