Funded positions

Design of Flexible Public Transport Networks

Do you want to be at the forefront of developing the knowledge to design sustainable public transport systems for future cities? Would you like to make a PhD in one of the best Universities in the world and in a vibrant and multicultural city?

Up to two fully-funded PhD positions are available at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney. The selected candidates be will supervised by Dr Andres Fielbaum, a leading expert in the field of public transport, and will research how to design public transport networks where traditional fixed-line services operate jointly with on-demand vehicles. The specific topics are to be agreed upon with the supervisor, including identifying which role should the on-demand vehicles play, emerging the algorithmic challenges, the interplay with different modes of transportation, the economics of the whole system, among others.

The University of Sydney is one of the topmost research institutions in Australia and in the world. Constantly being ranked among the 50 best Universities worldwide in general, is currently recognised by the ARWU ranking as the 10th best University in Transport Science worldwide.


– A MSc or equivalent in Transport Engineering, Operations Research, Transport Economics, or a related topic

– Good level of English

– Good programming skills

– Although not required, prior knowledge of public transport, operations research, or transport economics would be advantageous.

To apply:

– Send to the following documents:

1. A transcript from each degree

2. Your CV

3. A 1-page research proposal. This proposal is a first step and might be modified if you are accepted. I will consider both the writing and the content itself.

4. Two recommendation letters have to be sent to the same email address. Alternatively, you can send the contact details of the two referees to be contacted directly by me.

– The candidates will need to be accepted by the University. An outline of that process can be accessed here.

If you have any questions about the positions and the recruitment process, don’t hesitate to write to the same email address.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on May 8th, and the positions will remain open until successfully filled.

Other positions

You might consider applying for an RTP scholarship, or other scholarships that you might be eligible for, or find a different way to fund your PhD. If so, I am glad to discuss potential PhD research theses on these topics. You can bring your own ideas or we start with open problems emerging from my ongoing research.

Students aiming for other types of research positions, such as exchange visits or MPhils, are also welcome to contact me.