Scientific Researcher in Automatic Train Operation (ATO) (80–100 %)
School of Engineering FHNW, Institute of Electric Power Systems
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Your tasks
You will be working in a collaboration between FHNW, ETH Zurich and Stadler Signalling, using state-of-the-art numerical optimisation algorithms to automatically control Swiss-made trains, while ensuring optimal energy efficiency. The project is funded by the National Centre of Competence in Research „Dependable, ubiquitous automation“ (NCCR Automation). You are expected to:
  • Contribute to the development and validation of optimal control algorithms for ATO
  • Implement the designed energy optimisation module on the ATO on-board unit of the train
  • Implement the control and communication system (TCMS)
  • Participate in the implementation and tests on a modern Swiss passenger train
  • Facilitate negotiations between the project partners

This position is initially limited for 2 years.
Your profile
You preferably have a Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science, and you are ready to tackle real-world problems using state-of-the-art mathematical optimisation algorithms. More specifically, you have:
  • A proven track record of programming in Python and C, experience with OOP (C++, C# or Java)
  • Experience with microcontrollers (e.g., Raspberry Pi), industrial computers and Linux OS
  • Interest in railway operations, energy optimisation and train automation
  • Solid understanding of control systems
  • Familiarity with communication networks and protocols: Ethernet, TRDP (optional)
  • Experience with message broker software, such as RabbitMQ (optional)
  • Familiarity with Model Predictive Control and Numerical Optimal Control software (optional)
Your prospects:
Work on a very relevant research problem in the area of control and transportation in an active, diverse and friendly team. Interact with industry partners and help develop tomorrow's technology. Develop your technical skills and grow your network.
Your benefits:


Wide range of university sports

Cultural programme of lectures, concerts, theatre and films

Established implementation of equal pay

Targeted promotion of doctoral projects

Annual working time (42 hours/week) with the option of part-time and teleworking

Mentoring programme for career development

Start Date: immediately.
Your workplace
Hochschule für Technik FHNW
Klosterzelgstrasse 2
5210 Windisch
Any questions?
About the position:

Prof. Dr. Ishan Pendharkar, , Contact:

About the recruiting process:

Stavroula Karavouzis, HR Manager, Contact:

Will you soon belong to our team? We look forward to your application.
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