PhD, Master and Postdoc Positions


The Mobility Technology Research Group seeks qualified applications for multiple PhD, Master (thesis-based), Postdoctoral fellow and research associate positions under the supervision of Dr. Yili (Kelly) Tang, who is an Assistant Professor with join appointment at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Ontario (Western University). Kelly leads and co-leads over $2.5 million in national and international research grants and is the guest editor and reviewer in leading journals. She is a committee member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and a standing committee member of AED20 in US Transportation Research Board. In parallel, Kelly has four years of experience as an algorithm engineer and researcher in industry on automation, robotics, and multi-agent systems, and has won over six awards in research and entrepreneurship. Her research studies have been published in top-tier journals in transportation engineering and science, economics, and energy domain. For more information about Dr. Tang and the research group, please visit


Position Descriptions:

Candidates will conduct research in the following field(s) for public transit, emerging transportation services and railway:

Some of the project details are available in the Projects page.

Support and Timelines:


Required Qualifications:


Application procedures:

Interested applicants please follow the procedures below to send a single email with the subject [2023 Transport Research Applicant] to my Western University email:


Step 1: All applicants please check the admission requirements by the university and department. Please indicate in the first line of your email that “I checked the university admissions and meet (or will meet) the requirements.”


Step 2: In the email, please attach the following documents in .pdf:

1)     one-page cover letter indicating your relevant background, interests and motivations. Please also indicate which department you are interested in (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or both). 

2)     one-page research statement.

3)     up-to-date transcripts.

4)     CV.

5)     one representative publication if there is any.


Please ensure to have the correct subject and complete application package. An email filtering scheme is set and thus incorrect or incomplete applications will not be received.


Review of the applications will start immediately and on a rolling basis. Future updates of this posting will be on the website.

Due to the large volume of emails, I apologize for not replying to individual inquiries.

Last update: August 22, 2023