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Technische Universität Dresden - "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Institute of Logistics and Aviation, Chair of Air Transport Technology and Logistics

TUD Dresden University of Technology, as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university as it focuses on the grand challenges of the 21st century. lt develops innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is a special feature, facilitating interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions to all employees in teaching, research, technology and administration. The goal is to promote and develop their individual abilities while empowering everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

Research Associate
Optimization procedures for airline incident management (m/f/x)


At the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Institute of Logistics and Aviation, the Chair of Air Transport Technology and Logistics offers, subject to the availability of resources, a position as

Research Associate
Optimization procedures for airline incident management (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting as soon as possible. The position is limited to 36 months and offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (usually PhD). The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG).

Working field:

You will support our team in an innovative project for the mathematical optimization of airline operations with a special focus on operational disruptions. The aim of this project is to detect and resolve disruptions in the form of schedule deviations and reactionary delays in the network in the operational business of an airline in its network by means of an integrated optimization procedure. Airline, airport and air traffic control restrictions are taken into account in a combined consideration.
Your tasks essentially include:
1. Development of an integrated MI(N)LP optimization model:
  • to control the turnaround at the level of individual ground processes and individual flights in the fleet rotation
  • consideration of network-wide control measures such as aircraft swap and delay management
  • inclusion of constraints such as third-party resources, aircraft allocation, stand allocation and passenger routes.
2. Prediction of reactionary delays:
  • development of predictive models for the detection and assessment of reactionary delays
  • integration of planned transfer relationships of passengers, FC and crew into local evaluation functions.
  • control of resource allocation and prioritization based on delay and misconnex costs.


  • university degree in the field of air traffic and logistics, air traffic management, operations research or comparable qualifications
  • basic experience in the modelling and optimization of complex processes
  • good programming skills, preferably Java or Python or the willingness to learn quickly
  • analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • ability to work in a team and good communication skills
  • command of the English language.
  • Knowledge in the application of optimization software and machine learning methods is an advantage.

What we offer:

We offer you a challenging job in a highly motivated interdisciplinary team, the opportunity for professional and personal development as well as appropriate remuneration.

How to apply:

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.
Please submit your detailed application with the usual documents by October 2, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service or the time stamp on the email server of TUD applies), preferably via the TUD SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf file to or to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Verkehrswissenschaften „Friedrich List“, Institut für Luftfahrt und Logistik, Professur für Technologie und Logistik des Luftverkehrs, Herrn Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Fricke, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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