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Efficient railway traffic operation

The researcher will be involved in research and development projects and studies related to railway operation. This work will be carried out in close collaboration with the main companies in the railway sector such as: operating companies, train-manufacturing companies and companies dedicated to signalling and systems production. Thanks to the work done, the researcher will acquire and put into practice knowledge related to the planning and regulation of railway traffic, efficient train driving (manual and automatic), signalling design and transport capacity. Detailed simulation models of train motion will be used and developed to perform this work; and artificial intelligence techniques will be applied.


The candidate should have a degree in engineering, physics or mathematics. Having a good academic report, as well as the candidate’s knowledge about programming will also be considered in the assessment of candidate merits.

What do we offer?

Full-time contract to the projects development. Besides, the Research Assistant could take training activities. This modality allows the Research Assistant to establish a very close professional relationship with the companies with which he/she collaborates, thus nourishing his/her research with the experience accumulated during the projects. Although this modality does not necessarily require to enroll in any program, the Research Assistant can apply for a PhD after the first two years. The Research Assistant is hired each year for a maximum period of 6. If he or she is not enrolled in a PhD program the contract cannot exceed two years. The gross salary for the first year is € 25.896 for 2023. In addition, the IIT covers 90% of the cost of training activities and the Research Assistant can enjoy all the advantages offered to Comillas students (Sports, Cultural Activities, Library, etc.).


Curriculum vitae, academic certificate for the relevant university degree, transcript of grades for it and motivation letter.
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