Research Assistant in the Logistics of Autonomous Ships and Automated Ports (EU H2020 project AEGIS)

May 28, 2020 Maritime Safety News

Inland and short sea ships and their ports are critical parts of Europe’s transport system. With stricter requirements on decarbonization and reduced noise and pollution from the transport sector, their significance becomes even more important. DTU is a partner to the new EU H2020 AEGIS project. AEGIS stands for “Advanced, Efficient and Green Intermodal System.” The project aims to show that autonomous ships and automation in ports can make waterborne transport much more flexible and user oriented while further reducing environmental impact. For more information, please see here:

The research field of this position is transport logistics, with an application focus on autonomous ships and automated ports. The central objective of this research is to develop a new waterborne transport system for Europe that leverages the benefits of ships and barges while overcoming the conventional problems like dependence on large terminals, high transshipment costs, low speed and frequency and low automation in information processing.

Responsibilities and tasks
As staff member on this project, you will have the opportunity to assist the DTU project team in various tasks, which include:

  • Data collection
  • Model development, testing and validation
  • Logistics system redesign and resilience
  • Cost benefit analysis and environmental assessment
  • Case study short sea and inland interface Belgium and Netherlands
  • Case study revitalizing regional ports and city terminals
  • Communication with industry and other project partners
  • Presentation and dissemination of project results
Candidates should have a master’s degree in one of the following areas or equivalent: transport logistics, shipping economics and logistics, naval architecture and marine engineering, mechanical engineering shipping management, or industrial engineering.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Candidates should have excellent analytical capability, strong interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), a high degree of self-motivation, and a strong drive to contribute to leading-edge R&D.

Excellent knowledge of English (both verbal and written) is a top prerequisite.

Experience/knowledge in any of the following is a plus: cost-benefit analysis, environmental assessment, maritime transport, shipping systems, port logistics, intermodal logistics, autonomous shipping, cargo handling systems, ship and port emissions, ship and port environmental performance.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is one year.

Employment start: September 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Harilaos N. Psaraftis, email:, tel.: +45 4525 1519.

You can read more about the Department of Technology, Management and Economics (DTU Management) at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than June 25, 2020 (23:59 CET)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • One reference letter.
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The research will be carried out within the Management Science division of DTU Management: Management Science is an interdisciplinary science for quantitative decision support. It supports decision making by building mathematical models of the studied system such that decisions can be studied quantitatively through a number of mathematical tools (e.g. linear- and integer-programming, heuristics and simulation).

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