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McGill University PhD Opportunities in Future Mobility and Human-AI Systems 

Join Our Innovative Research Team! We are on the lookout for exceptional PhD candidates who are driven by curiosity and innovations and have strong interests in sustainable mobility, resilient infrastructure, system dynamics, or human-AI collaboration. Launch your fully-funded PhD journey with us in January or September 2025, where you will not only contribute to cutting-edge research but also shape the future of technological and societal development. 

McGill University ranks 29th according to the QS World Rankings 2025. For why Montreal is considered a top student city in the world, see here and here.

PhD Position 1 on Human Behaviors & Human-AI Interactions in Transportation Systems

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in civil/bio/medical engineering, cognitive/behavioral psychology, urban studies, public policy, marketing, or data science. 

  • Research interests in human behaviors, future mobility, or transportation systems planning and management. 

  • Systematic and hands-on experience related to one or more of the following areas: survey analysis, preference elicitation, human-computer interactions, and generative artificial intelligence. 

  • Skills in Power BI, Qualtrics, SQL, Python, R, VBA, Unity, and/or QGIS.

  • Excellent command of English for academic writing and communication. Basic proficiency in French is an added advantage.

PhD Position 2 on Mobility Systems Planning, Design, and Control

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in civil/electrical/mechanical engineering, computer science, system science, urban planning, or management. 

  • Research interests in automated on-demand mobility, transport electrification, and infrastructure resilience.

  • Mathematical and system thinking and hands-on experience related to: reinforcement learning, generative artificial intelligence, model-predictive control, system dynamics, agent-based simulation, event-based simulation, and/or network/geospatial analytics.

  • Skills in Python, Java, VBA, Julia, and/or cloud computing. 

  • Excellent command of English for academic writing and communication.

How to Apply

Please ensure you are eligible to apply based on the information on the McGill Admission Portal and the departmental admission details and deadlines. Before apply, please consider notifying Prof. Jiangbo Yu with an email titled “PhD Applicant-[Name].”

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