Vacancies: 5 Full-time Positions

1.Enterprise self-adaptive control systems of systems (SACS)

Required background: Knowledge on enterprise architectures, systems of systems architectures, geographical information systems, self-adaptive architectures, control systems, service-oriented architectures, middleware, systems programming and model-driven engineering techniques are preferred.

Description: Design and implement a spatial enterprise control architecture for pandemic disaster management and adaptation of architectures.

2.Interoperability & configurability through workflow integration (ICWI)

Required background: Knowledge on workflow management systems, process mining, enterprise architectures, service-oriented architectures, middleware, systems programming and model-driven engineering techniques are preferred.

Description: Design and implement workflow management systems at each level of control and integrate the adopted software packages through model-based code generation.

3.Domain-specific models for pandemic disaster analysis & control (DPAC)

Required background: Knowledge on data analytics, statistical analysis techniques, constraint programming, logical programming, optimization techniques, numerical methods, simulation techniques and model-driven engineering are preferred.

Description: Design and implement a high-level pandemic disaster management system, which abstracts the underlying analysis and control systems.

4.Sensor networks, data analytics and edge computing (SDEC)

Required background: Knowledge on sensor networks, data analytics, machine learning algorithms and optimization techniques are preferred.

Description: This project aims to design and implement a data collection, filtering, fusion and storage, machine learning and data analytics system with a toolkit for optimizing the clusters of  networks.

5.Designing models, methods and tools for critical infrastructures (MTCI)

Required background: Knowledge on reliability, security, performance, run-time verification,   optimization and model-checking methods techniques and service-oriented architectures are preferred.

Description: Enhance the enterprise architecture where needed with the help of architectural styles for reliability, security, timeliness and run-time correctness.

The Application Procedure

In the following, we present a list of various possible stages which you may be typically going through, so that in the end you obtain your final diploma successfully:

  • Select the project(s) you are interested in: Read the description of the projects carefully. Check if you are fulfilling the requested background for the projects that you are interested in. You may consider more than one project if you cannot clearly make up your mind.


  • Apply for the positions: The whole journey starts by sending an application mail to the email address that is stated. In order to speed up the process, please carefully indicate the project(s) you are interested in, motivate your decision as much as possible, carefully read what kind of qualifications and documents are needed. Attach all the requested documents to your mail. Let us know, if for some reason you cannot supply all the documents at the time of the application (for example, you may be at a final stage of your study and not yet have the necessary diploma). You can always contact us if you need to obtain more information.


  • Your application will go through a quick scan: Your application will be scanned to check if you fulfil the basic requirements for the position(s) you have applied for. You will receive the result of the decision in about a few weeks.


  • A more detailed review: If the first scan is positive, your application will be simultaneously reviewed in more detail by the corresponding company, the university (TOBB ETÜ and in case of a joint PhD, also the corresponding University), and by the grant giving organization if relevant (we call these as “the parties”). At this stage, your motivation letter, grades, projects you have carried out, the recommendation letters, etc. are all considered.


  • Interviews: Simultaneously, you will be going through a series of Internet and in person interviews by the involved parties. Each party will evaluate your application from its perspective. Naturally, the involved university will be more interested in your academic skills, and the company will assess your application if you fit into the company profile. In some cases, you may be asked to give a presentation and explain for example your accomplishments in your (past) study and the related research work.


  • Job offer: If all parties agree, then you will be offered the position. All the necessary procedures (signing the contracts, job conditions, scholarship conditions, etc.) must then be completed officially. In case of a joint degree, visa and related formalities must be completed eventually.


  • Start with project: You will start with the project at the time that is agreed. Initially, the project will follow the project description, which may be updated in due time, if necessary. You will need to make a plan with your Principal Supervisor to carry out your research and education activities successfully.





Apply Now!

To be employed in the research projects of the newly established Smart City Research Center and the Alliance on Digital Management of  Pandemic Disasters, 5 full-time PhD scholarships are available.

The candidates must fulfil the following conditions:

  • M.Sc. degree (with thesis) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or equivalent degree;


  • Excellent in English writing, reading and conversation;


  • Highly motivated in research;


  • Highly talented in analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and problem solving;


  • Can work independently;


The research projects have the following characteristics:

  • The projects are granted by TÜBİTAK and the TOBB ETÜ University. The project duration is initially for 3 years and will be extended to the 4th year in case of successful progress;


  • The project will be largely executed at the premises of the TOBB ETU university.


  • An agreement is being made between the TOBB ETU University and the Universities of Technical University of Eindhoven, Twente University and Wageningen University, all in The Netherlands, for co-supervision and double Ph.D. degrees. Candidates may spend part of their times at these universities, if appropriate;


  • The research projects will be carried out in close cooperation with industrial partners of the Alliance on Digital Management of pandemic Disasters;


  • The salary is 6500 TL/month. Additional support by industrial partners is under negotiation. Also, the candidates will be granted by TOBB ETU for certain employee benefits;


  • The candidates must fulfil the conditions imposed by TÜBİTAK and TOBB ETU.


Job application


Interested candidates must send the following documents to Prof. Dr. Mehmet Akşit

  • A motivation letter;


  • A detailed CV with transcript;


  • Electronic copies of the theses (M.Sc. & B.Sc.), and publications, if any.


Why should you get your PhD from us?

A Journey Towards an Excellent Researcher

This research program distinguishes itself from others; All the Ph.D. projects must fulfil the following principles, which we term as the “industry-as-a-laboratory” approach:

  • Actual Industrial problems: Problem definitions will be inspired from the technical challenges of the corresponding companies (we will call in short the company). There will be sufficient visits to the company to understand the problems. The company will also provide the necessary infrastructure to realize the aim.


  • Active Collaboration with industry: Based on the description of the project, and the identified problems, the possible solutions are investigated under the guidance of the Principle Investigator. Candidate solutions are tested at the company if appropriate. You may be asked to give presentations at the company and at various scientific events. Of course not all the problems will be addressed at the same time, you will progress interactively and iteratively towards the aimed objectives.


  • Active Collaboration with the fellow researchers: Since most topics within the context of the research theme are complementary, you will be in close coordination with your fellow students who have started their research and education program like yourself. Together, you will be working towards developing the products of the future.

  • Operate globally: During your research trajectory, you will publish your work internationally where appropriate. You may also visit the relevant universities etc.


  • See the impact: Once your research contributions become more visible, you will be asked to transfer your knowledge to the company in the form of a new method, product, enhancement of an existing product, in the form of presentations, courses, proof of concept implementations, experiments, etc.


  • Become an expert which leads the technology: Once you obtain your diploma, you are not just a person with an academic degree (Ph.D.) but also a person who has received an excellent education, has made impact to the industry, has learned to cooperate in a team to address complex problems of the future, has worked together with different universities, and finally, last but not least, you will be a person who has carried out an excellent academic research work.