Careers/Jobs

Following is a list of available positions announced in the most recent issue of E-Letter. Listings in previous issues of Eletter can be found here.



6.1. PhD: Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Contributed by: Riccardo Ferrari, r.ferrari@tudelft.nl

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands has vacancy for

One PhD Position in Fault and Cyber-attack Tolerance for Distributed Systems

Project Description: The successful candidate will carry out research in support of Dr. Ferrari project called SURE: Safe Unmanned Robotic Ensembles. The goal of SURE is to make formations of mobile robots, such as cooperative self driving cars, robust to faults or cyber-attacks that could affect one or more robots. The PhD student will develop model-based algorithms capable of detecting and isolating faults or cyber-attacks affecting a robot of its neighbors, as well as accommodation techniques. There will be the possibility to test such algorithms on a multi-robot setup in our laboratories. Furthermore, developed algorithms are expected to be generalized in order to be applied to other distributed systems, not only in the field of mobile robotics.

Requirements: the applicant should have obtained a M.Sc. degree in a field related to the project, such as electrical or electronics engineering, systems & control, mechanical engineering or computer science. A good command of the English language is required. Candidates with a background in fault diagnosis, multi-robots formations or distributed (parameters)-systems are especially encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Employment: The position will start preferably on September 1st, 2017, and run for four years. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the University graduate school. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Candidates actually in the process of obtaining their M.Sc. degree can be considered subjected to the condition of having completed it no later than the required starting date.

About Delft University of Technology: TU Delft is an internationally recognized research university that has been ranked 19th in the Engineering and Technology section of the world-wide QS World University Ranking 2015/16. In the THE World University Ranking 2016/17, TU Delft has been ranked 20th in Engineering and Technology section. TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer and committed to increase the diversity of its staff. Female candidates are encouraged to apply, more information on gender related initiatives and policies can be found at https://www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/strategy/diversity-policy/dewis... .

Application and More Information: Please send your application including a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of courses with grades, and contact information for two academic references to Dr. Riccardo Ferrari (r.ferrari@tudelft.nl). Dr. Ferrari can also be contacted for more information about this vacancy. The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.

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6.2. PhD: McGill University, Canada
Contributed by: Ahmad Haidar, ahmad.haidar@mcgill.ca

Position Title: PhD Candidate

The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD position. The successful candidate will develop a control algorithm for an electromechanical artificial pancreas in type 1 diabetes.

The artificial pancreas is a closed-loop, tri-hormonal (multi-input), delivery system to regulate glucose levels. The successful candidate will design and optimize the controller through repeated clinical experiments, and will consequently lead the design and the conduction of randomized controlled clinical trials to test the algorithm and to answer clinical questions.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team that includes researchers with backgrounds of endocrinology, control engineering, nutrition, pediatrics, and computer science. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated applicant who wants to utilize their expertise in control systems to tackle medical problems.

Our lab implements a quality management system (ISO13485) and we work closely with industry. Our department offers unique courses on intellectual property, regulatory affairs, and clinical trials tailored specifically for biomedical engineers who wish to pursue career in industry.

McGill University ranks 1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities (Maclean’s) and is Canada’s most international university. McGill is located in the vibrant multicultural Montreal in the francophone province of Quebec. Montreal is a city steeped in culture and is named the best student city in the world (QS Ranking).

Desired Skills:
• Strong expertise in system control design, preferably in adaptive control or model predictive control. Desired expertise includes estimation algorithms, observers, and Kalman filtering.
• Strong desire to work in a clinical setting.
• Strong programming skills.
Starting Date:
• September 2017 or January 2018.

Apply with your curriculum vitae to Prof. Ahmad Haidar (ahmad.haidar@mcgill.ca). Please refer to www.mcgill.ca/haidar for more information on our research program. For information on registration instructions, rights and responsibilities, and how to get a work permit if you're joining us from abroad, please refer to http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs

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6.3. PhD: Arizona State University, USA
Contributed by: Theodore (Ted) Pavlic, tpavlic@asu.edu

PhD OPPORTUNITY: MODEL-PREDICTIVE CONTROL FOR WATER RESILIENCY IN COUPLED HUMAN-NATURAL SYSTEMS

We are seeking a PhD candidate interested in applying methods from model predictive control (MPC) to the design and control of coordinated green and gray water infrastructure systems to improve resiliency in chemical and agricultural sectors. The candidate candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of operations researchers, economists, hydrologists, and ecologists to build a control model of a complex system that includes political, legal, economic, social, and hydrological components. The control model will be used to optimize the placement and utilization of different green and gray water infrastructure sources to improve resiliency of the system.

The candidate will be primarily supervised by Dr. Theodore Pavlic, a control theorist interested in autonomous decision making systems at Arizona State University. The team also includes Dr. John Sabo, Dr. William Michael Hanemann, Dr. Jon Miller, and participation of the Earth Genome Project. The NSF-funded project is expected to last 4 years. However, as ASU is a large, multi-disciplinary university, the PhD candidate will have many opportunities for other collaborations.

Dr. Pavlic has chair or co-chair rights in a variety of different graduate programs at ASU. Consequently, the particular PhD program is negotiable (e.g., Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, etc.). The important thing is that the student is interested in applying methods from optimization and predictive control to ecological, coupled-human-natural systems involving water resiliency.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Pavlic (tpavlic@asu.edu) directly with:
* Brief statement of interest in the project
* Detailed CV
* Bachelors and masters transcripts (informal is OK)
* Name and e-mail of two references

Candidates should apply as soon as possible.

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6.4. PhD: Université Laval, Canada
Contributed by: Andre Desbiens, desbiens@gel.ulaval.ca

Three PhD positions are available at the LOOP (Laboratoire d’observation et d’optimisation des procédés – Process Observation and Optimization Laboratory), Université Laval, Québec City, Canada. The projects are in collaboration with the multinational biopharmaceutical Pfizer. They address industrial problems and the solutions will have significant impacts for Pfizer.

For pharmaceutical industries, automation and continuous processing is a way to become more competitive, to reduce production time, energy consumption and the amount of waste produced. Towards this objective, the projects are:

Project #1 - Coating of the tablets: development of an in-line vision sensor providing film-coating properties (coating level, distribution across tablets, esthetical defects, etc.).
- Fractional factorial design
- Multivariate Image Analysis
- Partial Least Squares regression
- Validation of the machine vision sensor

Project #2 – Novel continuous drying of the granules (before they are compressed into tablets): safe and robust in-line minimization of the drying time and/or energy consumption while insuring a desired final humidity of the particles and avoiding their overheating.
- First-principles modelling and model calibration
- State estimation
- Model predictive control
- Real-time optimization

Project #3 - Freeze-drying of vials: safe and robust in-line minimization of the primary drying time and/or energy consumption while insuring that sublimation is completed and avoiding to exceed the collapse temperature.
- First-principles modelling and model calibration
- State estimation
- Model predictive control
- Real-time optimization
- Heating policies for various vials arrangements

The final stage of the three projects is to implement and validate the most promising approaches on pilot units.

Candidate profile:
- should have completed, or about to complete, a MSc degree in Electrical or Chemical Eng., or related areas,
- strong background in multivariate statistics and/or first-principles modelling and/or systems and control,
- solid programming skills in Matlab,
- ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams,
- excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English - a plus if knowledge of French (courses are given in French).

Please send a complete CV, a motivation letter and transcripts to Prof.
André Desbiens (desbiens@gel.ulaval.ca) with the subject "E-Letter PhD position”.

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6.5. PhD: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Contributed by: Philippe Dreesen, philippe.dreesen@vub.be

PhD position Tensors for System Identification at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

A fully funded PhD position is now available at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, department ELEC. The goal is to develop novel methods for nonlinear system identification using tensors. We will exploit the Volterra representation while aiming for interpretable block-oriented models. Tensors play a central role in understanding and taking advantage of the Volterra kernels. See our paper http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~mishteva/papers/voltpWH.pdf

We offer an attractive salary, a job in the heart of Europe, and support from a renowned research group. This is a four year PhD project, with a yearly evaluated and renewable contract. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible and no later than Oct 1, 2017.

The specific PhD topic can be adapted to the interests of the applicant. It is especially suitable for engineers interested in mathematics, and for mathematicians interested in engineering applications.

Requirements: Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, (Applied) Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, or a related domain. Further requirements include excellent programming skills (e.g., MATLAB) and excellent English language skills. Experience in tensor methods and system identification is an advantage, but is not required.

Please send a two-page CV, a one-page personal statement (motivation and background knowledge) as a single PDF document to philippe.dreesen@vub.be. Mention “FWO-VOLT-2017” in the email subject line. Applications received before July 15, 2017 will be given full consideration. Informal inquiries can be sent to the same email address.

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6.6. PhD: Imperial College London, UK
Contributed by: Giordano Scarciotti, g.scarciotti@imperial.ac.uk

PhD studentship in Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in "Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems: a stochastic and set-valued approach". The work will be based within the Control and Power group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The student will be supervised by Dr Giordano Scarciotti. The studentship will start as soon as possible from October 2017

Every model of a real system has some degree of uncertainty. A parameter of the model may be unknown, some dynamics may be unmodeled, or the model may be completely unknown. Uncertainty arises in, for example, power production (unpredictable renewable sources), power distribution (energy price/demand), control of aircrafts, and biological and chemical reactions.

The project will tackle the problem of modelling, analysis and control of uncertain systems with two complementary approaches: stochastic differential equations allow to model randomness; set-valued mappings allow simultaneous modelling of multiple behaviours. Note that instead of considering a robust control approach, the objective of the project is to describe and deal with uncertainty within these two frameworks in a comprehensive manner.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in Control Engineering, Automation Engineering or Applied Mathematics. Strong knowledge of linear system theory, a basic understanding of nonlinear systems and some experience in using MATLAB is required. Any knowledge of advanced topics such as stochastic systems and hybrid systems would be beneficial, but are not required skills as these will be acquired during the PhD.

Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a first-class honours degree or an equivalent degree in Engineering, Mathematics or a related discipline (for more details, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/requirements/pgacademic/).The studentship provides a (tax-free) bursary of £16,553 (Standard RCUK Bursary rate) per annum for up to 3.5 years to cover living expenses, together with the College tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for 3 years. Applications from Overseas will also be considered, but the difference in the Overseas and UK/EU rate will have to be met by the successful applicant.

For a description of the Control and Power Research Group please visit our website at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/controlandpower.

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to Dr Giordano Scarciotti by email at g.scarciotti@imperial.ac.uk.

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure (indicating Dr Giordano Scarciotti as supervisor) (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/howtoapply).

Closing date for applications: Open until filled
Start Date: As soon as possible from October 2017.

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6.7. PhD: CNRS/University Grenoble Alpes, France
Contributed by: Alain Kibangou, alain.kibangou@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

A PhD thesis position is available at CNRS/University Grenoble Alpes (France) within the framework of the ERC grant Scale-Freeback (http://scale-freeback.eu/). The research proposal deals with the problem of state estimation design and optimal sensor placement algorithms for large-scale evolutionary dynamical networks. The estimation design will be built upon scale-free aggregated models, where the aims is to reconstruct some “average” measure of the systems states instead of observing the states of the whole high-dimensional system.

Details: http://scale-freeback.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PhD4-ERC-Scale-FreeB...
Requested background: Control theory or Applied mathematics.

Applications: http://scale-freeback.eu/openings/

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6.8. PhD: Ghent University Global Campus, South Korea
Contributed by: Shodhan Rao, Shodhan.Rao@ghent.ac.kr

PhD position in Applied Mathematics: Ghent University Global Campus, Incheon, South Korea

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in Applied Mathematics in Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC), Incheon, South Korea (www.ghent.ac.kr). Ghent University Global Campus is the first campus of Ghent University outside Belgium. This campus is situated in Songdo International City, Incheon, South Korea. GUGC integrates educational and research facilities in a single building. Ghent University has the ambition to organize a first-rate, truly European education in Asia and to develop excellent research in the fields of Molecular biotechnology, Environmental and Food technology. Its programs are accredited in Flanders and in Korea.

While the prospective candidate will work in GUGC, Korea, the eventual PhD degree of the candidate will be from Ghent University, Belgium. The research focus of the student is expected to be in the area of mathematical/systems biology particularly in the area of model reduction of biochemical networks. The candidate is also expected to assist his/her supervisor in teaching undergraduate mathematics courses. While the candidate will mainly work under the supervision of Prof. Shodhan Rao at GUGC, he/she will be co-supervised also by Prof. Arnout van Messem of GUGC and Prof. Willem Waegeman from the department of Mathematical Modelling, Statistics and Bioinformatics at Ghent University. The candidate will therefore have the opportunity to spend some time at the campus in Ghent University during the course of his/her PhD. In addition to the regular salary, free accommodation within the campus and a yearly travel budget are foreseen. GUGC is an equal opportunities employer.

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications and skills
- The candidate should hold or expect to hold by August 2017, a master degree in one of the following disciplines: mathematics, systems and control, bioscience engineering, chemistry or chemical engineering. Exceptional candidates from other science/engineering backgrounds will also be considered.
- The candidate should have had a rigorous undergraduate mathematics training and in general a strong background in mathematics.
- The candidate should be highly motivated to conduct research in the area of applied mathematics, specifically in the area of mathematical biology/chemistry.
- The candidate should have an excellent academic track record, an excellent command of English and good academic writing and presentation skills.
- Knowledge of biology or chemistry at undergraduate level is preferable although not mandatory.

The expected starting date of the PhD candidate is August 15, 2015. Interested candidates should send their applications before July 21st, 2017 by email to Shodhan.Rao@ghent.ac.kr with a CV, copies of transcripts and degrees and a motivation letter (please merge all the documents in one file).

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6.9. PhD: UNSW, Australia
Contributed by: Daoyi Dong, daoyidong@gmail.com

Scientia PhD Scholarship at UNSW

This project aims to develop distributed estimation and control methods for quantum networks. Quantum networks play a vital role in the development of powerful quantum technology, and benchmarking and controlling quantum networks has been an important task in next generation technology. The project will advance key knowledge and provide effective methods to enable us to identify and control quantum networks for wide applications arising in this emerging technological revolution. The scholarship provides the following support:
• Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
• $40K a year stipend for four years
• Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
• Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
• Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations
More application information could be found at:
http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/
http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/distributed-...

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please contact Dr Daoyi Dong (d.dong@unsw.edu.au), Prof Valeri Ougrinovski (v.ougrinovski@adfa.edu.au) or Dr Michael Hush (m.hush@unsw.edu.au)

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6.10. PhD/PostDoc: KU Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Wim Michiels, Wim.Michiels@cs.kuleuven.be

PhD/PostDoc: KU Leuven, Belgium

The Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics (NUMA) Centre of KU Leuven - University of Leuven (Belgium) invites applications for up to 6 doctoral and 3 postdoctoral positions.

NUMA consists of 40 members (professors, postdoctoral and PhD researchers). We develop, analyse and implement numerical algorithms for applications in science and engineering. We focus on algorithmic innovations, and on the analysis of accuracy and efficiency. Our research relies on mathematical insight, design of algorithms, and software development.

NUMA has vacancies on several recently acquired research projects for researchers with various expertise. Applicants should have a general interest in the development and analysis of numerical methods, and/or their application in engineering and science. We are currently looking for candidates with specific interest/expertise in one (or more) of the following domains:
- Numerical (multi)-linear algebra: polynomial computations and iterative methods
- Multiscale and stochastic methods for simulation and control
- Large-scale PDE-constrained optimization and uncertainty quantification
- Parallel algorithms and metaheuristics for cutting and packing problems
- High-dimensional approximation, simulation and analysis
- Computational methods for control
- Data driven network analysis and control
- Complex and cyber-physical systems

We offer a stimulating environment at a European top university, a well-equipped and experienced multidisciplinary research unit, a personalized PhD trajectory, with attention paid to transferable skills development, a competitive wage and moving expenses. Senior postdocs will get the opportunity to become involved in project management.

For more information on the research unit and possible supervisors, visit
https://wms.cs.kuleuven.be/groups/natw/

The positions at the postdoctoral level are for one year with the possibility of extension to a second year. The positions at the predoctoral level will be initially for one year. After a positive evaluation, this position can be extended for three more years.

Candidates are invited to submit their application (including a detailed CV, a motivation letter, and two letters of recommendation) via the website
https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54213421 (for the PhD positions) and
https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54218508 (for the postdoc positions).

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6.11. PostDoc: Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China
Contributed by: Ye Yuan, ye.yuan@outlook.com

Prof. Ye Yuan (http://yy311.github.io) is looking for a number of postdoc researchers and visiting researchers starting as soon as possible at Huazhong Artificial Intelligence Lab (HAIL), Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. The research project is broadly on the development of novel learning and control theory with application to cyber-physical systems (robotics and power systems).

1. For Postdoc, we offer
• A competitive salary (at least RMB 212,000 per year, negotiable depending on the qualification);
• Possibilities for the Postdoc to spend time at world-leading universities (such as UC Berkeley and Caltech) to take specialized courses and work with collaborators there;
• Experimental platform (Vicon+Crazyflies, GPU cluster, UR3 robot+Kinect, Hardware in the loop Power simulator)
• Full contract for 2 years with the possibility of renewal up to 6 years contingent on performance;
• Possibilities to stay at HUST as a lecturer or an associate professor afterwards.

2. For visiting professors, we offer
• A highly competitive salary depending on the qualification (per month);
• Travel cost and housing

3. Your Profile
• A Ph.D. degree in Control Theory, Power Systems, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a closely related field;
• An excellent background in one of the following areas: system identification, control theory, machine learning, robotics.

Interested candidates should send their CV (with names of at least two references) and a cover letter (for postdoc candidates) describing their specific interest and how their background fits the qualifications to Prof. Ye Yuan <ye.yuan@outlook.com>. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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6.12. PostDoc: INRIA Lille Nord Europe, France
Contributed by: Mihaly Petreczky, mihaly.petreczky@ec-lille.fr

Postdoc position at INRIA Lille Nord Europe

We are looking for a candidate with a strong mathematical background and a PhD in one of the following fields: machine learning, control theory, systems identifcation, statistics or probability theory. Knowledge of either machine learning or system identification/control theory is a plus.

The successful applicant will work on the frontier between machine learning and control theory/systems identification. System identification is a sub-discipline of control theory which aims at learning dynamical models (difference/differential equations) from data and use these models for decision making (control). Recently the same problem has gained attention in the machine learning community. The aim of this project is to combine theoretical results from machine learning and system identification in order to study the theoretical limits of learning dynamical models from time series. More broadly, the project concerns the combination of learning dynamical models with decision making (control).
The specific tasks he the candidate is expected to contribute to are 1) finding theoretical limits of learning dynamical models from time series, 2) applying machine learning to system identification. If time permits, the results will be validated experimentally on several benchmark problems.

Starting date: October-November 2017,
Length of the appointment: 24 months.

Contact persons:
Daniil Ryabko (daniil@ryabko.net) Lille Nord Europe and Mihaly Petreczky (mihaly.petreczky@ec-lille.fr) CNRS.

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6.13. PostDoc: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Contributed by: Weidong Zhang, wdzhang@sjtu.edu.cn

Postdoctoral position in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (Marine Automation)

The Engineer Research Center of Marine Automation, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (in the Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) offers 3 postdoc positions in control engineering as soon as possible thereafter. We are interested in candidates in the broad areas of control engineering, marine engineering, unmanned autonomous systems, etc.

Requirements and qualifications:
-PhD degree
-Documented experience with research dissemination in international scientific journals
-Experience with writing research applications
-Good communication skills in English or Chinese
-Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player with researchers from different disciplines

Main tasks:
-Active involvement in research efforts
-Supervision of student projects and thesis at both master and Ph.D. levels

Salary and others:
- RMB 120-200k/year (approximately, 18-30kUSD)
- Apartment with very cheap rent
- It is a 2-year position and can be extended to 5 years

Required documents
-One self-recommendation letter covering your research statements, your achievements, as well as your possible requirements from us
-A list of your publications

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Weidong Zhang, Email: wdzhang@sjtu.edu.cn, Tel: +86-21-34204019. Address: Dongchuan Road 800, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China.

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6.14. PostDoc: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Contributed by: Paolo Falcone, falcone@chalmers.se

At the Mechatronics Group of the Electrical Engineering Department, we are engaged in both fundamental and applied research related to intelligent transportation systems. Ongoing research projects focus on the design and the experimental validation of control algorithms for autonomous vehicles operating in complex urban environments. We consider both cooperative and non-cooperative settings, where the challenges are the control over wireless networks and making decision in a mixed automated-human environment, respectively. Our research is, where possible, validated through experiments on full-scale vehicles and in collaboration with industrial partners.

We invite applications for one post-doctoral position in networked control systems. The candidate will join a team of post-docs and Ph. D. students engaged in neighboring research, with the main objective of developing algorithms to control mobile networked systems, when the information necessary to close the control loop are delivered through wireless network and possibly generated by Cloud applications. Clearly, in such setup, information losses and delays arising from the state of the network may unacceptably degrade the performance of the overall system or even lead to unsafe operation. Our objective is to harness the emerging information and communication technologies by proactively planning the control actions to the systems and the access to remote information in order to circumvent classical limitation of networked control systems, where the control is designed based on a communication protocol decided beforehand. The successful candidate will be engaged in both fundamental and experimental research. In particular, if relevant to the research, experimental setup in the field of transportation systems might be available to demonstrated the developed algorithms. A strong theoretical background in control and practical problem-solving capabilities are required.

The working time of post-doctoral staff is mainly devoted to research. Undergraduate teaching duties, not exceeding 20% of the working time, may include supervision of MSc students.
The position is co-funded by the Chalmers Area of Advance in Transportation. The appointment is a full-time employment (not a scholarship) for a period of not more than two years (1+1).

A PhD (or close to completion) in control theory, applied math or neighboring relevant field. Experience with networked control systems will be preferred.
Ability to initiate new research collaborations is essential. Good communication skills in oral and written English are required.

For further info visit:
https://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/vacancies/Pages/default.aspx

or contact:
Paolo Falcone (falcone@chalmers.se), Division of Systems and Control. Tel.: +46 31 772 1803
Jonas Sjöberg, (jonas.sjoberg@chalmers.se), Division of Systems and Control. Tel.: +46 31 772 1855

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6.15. PostDoc: University of Exeter, UK
Contributed by: Halim Alwi, h.alwi@exeter.ac.uk

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Control Systems
Location: University of Exeter
Department: College of Engineering Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Reporting To: Dr Halim Alwi

The full time post is available immediately for 18 months (with possible extension).

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines worldclass research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The post:
The project will explore an exciting research of flight control for small multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The overall aims of the project are:
(1) to help improve safety, resilience and survivability of small multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles in the event of inflight faults and failures, and (2) to bridge the gap between theory and application of sliding mode control, thus encouraging adoption of sliding mode control in industry. In order to achieve these aims, the main objectives of the project are:

a) to develop a simulation model and simulation tool for highly redundant multirotor UAV,
b) to investigate and develop fault tolerant control (FTC) schemes based on sliding mode control, and
c) to build the hardware of the multirotor UAV, and subsequently to implement, test and evaluate FTC control schemes.

The project will focus on the application of sliding mode methods to address the aims and objectives listed above. The successful applicants will help develop FTC schemes (objective (b)) and also be expected to assist in preparing the control schemes for hardware implementation on a multirotor UAV.

About you:
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in the state of the art fault tolerant control methods, or techniques which can be applied to these areas and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. Knowledge of sliding mode control techniques would be an asset. An interest in aerospace systems especially multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles will also be an advantage. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

The successful candidate will be appointed at Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role. Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.

Full details of the advert can be found here:
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BCH080/postdoctoral-research-associate-postdoc...

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6.16. Faculty: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Contributed by: Morten Breivik, morten.breivik@ntnu.no

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, http://www.ntnu.edu/) hereby invites applications for a professorship/associate professorship in Optimization and Control of Dynamic Systems, affiliated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics (Institutt for teknisk kybernetikk - ITK, http://www.ntnu.edu/itk) at NTNU’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

ITK has 22 professors, 14 adjunct professors, about 10 postdocs and researchers as well as 70 PhD candidates. Approximately 160 candidates graduate annually from the three MSc programs in cybernetics, which comprise about 720 students in total. The department is involved in numerous research projects and centers, including the Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS, http://www.ntnu.edu/amos).

The professor/associate professor must have a solid background in numerical optimization for control. Important application areas include energy and process systems, in particular control and optimization of integrated energy systems. This includes automatic control (e.g. model predictive control) as well as decision support systems (e.g. real-time model-based optimization). Research competence in mixed-integer optimization coupled to hybrid dynamic systems or static systems, including large-scale mixed-integer programming, is relevant.

The professor/associate professor is expected to play a leading role in research and research-based education in optimization and control of dynamic systems in cooperation with the existing staff at ITK. She or he is also expected to establish collaboration with relevant colleagues at other departments at the faculty and within NTNU’s strategic research areas.

The department has strong relationships to Norwegian and international academia and industry, with numerous joint research projects. The research activities at the department rely crucially on external funding, and the development of educational programs may also receive external funding. The successful applicant is expected to work actively to obtain research grants and other external funding from the Research Council of Norway, European research and educational agencies, relevant industry and other available sources.

The candidate will join a research community at ITK which was rated "excellent from an international perspective" in the Norwegian Research Council’s evaluation of 53 ICT communities in Norway in 2012, as one of only three ICT communities to receive such a rating in the Norwegian university and college sector.

The full announcement can be found at https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/139773/professor-ass..., with application deadline on Monday August 21.

About NTNU, Trondheim and Norway:
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6.17. Faculty: Umeå University, Sweden
Contributed by: Per Hallberg, per.hallberg@umu.se

Dear colleague

We would like to draw your attention to our announcement of a professor in technology for autonomous systems.

We are looking for a person that could complement and strengthen our current related research at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umeå University. The closing date is 4th of September, 2017.

Please share this information with your network of colleagues. For full advertisement, follow the link.
https://umu.mynetworkglobal.com/what:job/jobID:157010/where:4/

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6.18. Faculty: KU Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Goele Pipeleers, goele.pipeleers@kuleuven.be

Vacancy: Model Based Virtual Sensing in Structural Dynamics and Mechatronics

There is currently a vacancy at the research unit Noise and Vibration Engineering at the Science & Technology Group, Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering of the KU Leuven, for a full-time professorship (ZAP) in the field of model based virtual sensing based on ab initio physical models for structural dynamics and mechatronics. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with excellent research records and with educational competences in the field of dynamics of mecha(tro)nic systems.

More information at:
https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54093976?lang=en
or:
Prof. dr. ir. Dominiek Reynaerts, tel.: +32 16 32 26 40, mail: dominiek.reynaerts@kuleuven.be
Prof. dr. ir. Wim Desmet, tel.: +32 16 32 25 27, mail: wim.desmet@kuleuven.be.

Apply no later than: August 31, 2017

 

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