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: Bart De Schutter, b.deschutter@tudelft.nl

PhD position on "AI-networking: control and network science" at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Delft University of Technology and KPN, the leading fixed and mobile telecom operator in The Netherlands, have started a collaboration, called NExTWORKx. The goals of this collaboration include excellent academic research into both fundamental properties and implementation of the next generation telecommunication networks.

In this context we are announcing a PhD position in the field of AI-networking: control and network science. The aim is to identify the dynamic processes in the communication network based on network state information (e.g. in routers) using system theory and to develop and integrate new learning methods in order to control and manage the telecommunication network.

We are looking for excellent candidates with a background in systems and control, network science, systems theory, telecommunications, stochastic processes.

For more information and how to apply, please see https://www.nas.ewi.tudelft.nl/index.php/work-with-us and/or contact prof. Piet Van Mieghem at p.f.a.vanmieghem [at] tudelft.nl

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6.2. PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: S Hassan HoseinNia, s.h.hosseinniakani@tudelft.nl

This is a four year PhD position. You will develop and conduct research on precision motion control for hightech mechatronics applications. The next big step in the industrial revolution, of which control is a vital part, requires higher speed and increased precision. Classical control is not capable of achieving the increasing demands on performance, robustness and efficiency. Existing advanced controllers are complicated and heavily incompatible with industry standards in terms of design and implementation. This project aims to introduce a new control paradigm that overcomes these challenges.

You will be engaged in the development of novel complex order controllers using nonlinear approaches.
The tasks to be performed include:
• Develop complex order nonlinear reset controllers
• Develop frequency domain analysis for nonlinear controllers with reset
• Develop stability theories for complex order controllers in frequency domain
• Loop-shaping guidelines for designed controllers
• The supervision of MSc student projects related to your own,
• Being an inspiring member for the PME department by proactive participation,
• Engaging in the writing of scientific articles and proposals to secure funding for further work on the topic.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• Masters and background within the fields of (but not restricted to) Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering and Control Engineering
• Experience with:
° Nonlinear Control theories
° Robust Control theory
° Loopshaping methods
° Frequency domain control design

• Experience or high interest (not mandatory but preferred) with
° Hands on experimental work (control implementation and prototypings)
° Fractional order control
° Reset Control
• A good publication record.
• Good skill in writing scientific articles
• High motivation for teamwork and good communication skills.

For more information please contact Dr. Hassan HosseinNia, email: s.h.hosseinniakani@tudelft.nl.

To apply, please send an detailed cv, a list of publications and your letter of motivation by July 31, 2018 to s.h.hosseinniakani@tudelft.nl.

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6.3. PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Sander Wahls, s.wahls@tudelft.nl

PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Topic: Identification of Lax-integrable Systems

Job description: Lax-integrable systems are (typically nonlinear) partial differential equations that can be expressed though a compatibility condition between two linear operators, the so-called Lax pair. This special structure provides them with many desirable properties. However, given an arbitrary partial differential equation, it is not trivial to decide whether it is Lax-integrable. Furthermore, it is even harder to find suitable Lax pairs. The process usually involves human intervention, a lot of expertise, and, finally, some luck.

The goal of this Ph.D. project is to investigate automatic methods for finding Lax pairs. While there are semi-automatic methods for finding Lax pairs from given partial differential equations based on symbolic computations, the focus in this Ph.D. project will be on numerical methods that identify Lax pairs from given input-output data. The successful candidate will join a team of Ph.D. students that are investigating the exploitation of Lax integrability in engineering applications.

Requirements: We are looking for a candidate with a strong academic background, who has or is close to obtaining a Master of Science degree in systems and control, applied mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, or another related discipline. Experience with classic system identification, nonlinear systems, or numerical methods is a plus.

Conditions of employment: TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Information and application: For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr.-Ing. Sander Wahls, Assistant Professor, email: s.wahls@tudelft.nl. For information about the selection procedure, please contact Irina Bruckner, HR advisor, email: application-3mE@tudelft.nl.

To apply please submit the following:

· curriculum vitae;
· statement of motivation and research interests (one page);
· transcripts of all exams taken and obtained degrees (in English);
· names and contact information of up to three references (e.g. project/thesis supervisors);
· up to two research-oriented documents (e.g. thesis, conference/journal publication).

Please email your application to Irina Bruckner, email: application-3mE@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE18-34. The start date is flexible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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6.4. PhD: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Contributed by: Luigi del Re, luigi.delre@jku.at

PhD: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

We welcome applications for a doctoral position on development and testing of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving functions in cooperation with industrial partners in presence of real traffic environment. Their development and assessment of performances and safety is strongly dependent on a realistic traffic environment model, as ADAS must account both the behaviour of traffic participants but also the level of uncertainty on that knowledge.

The candidate to this project will focus on some aspects among the following ones: the analysis of the behaviour of real traffic participants, the development of numerical simulations able to describe those behaviours in a stochastic framework, development and testing of ADAS control algorithms embedding behaviour prediction and model based or learning safety assessment.

The Institute for Design and Control of Mechatronical Systems (DESREG Institute) at the JKU Linz, Austria, has a long research tradition in control engineering and identification of dynamical systems with a main focus on automotive and biomedical applications. The institute is currently involved in the development control algorithms for ADAS and in particular for their verification under general conditions (traffic conditions, sensor failures, etc.). The position presents ample opportunities to work in close collaboration with the DESRED institute academic and industrial partners. For further information see: https://desreg.jku.at/concrete5/index.php/research

Beside the tasks associated with this position, depending on the candidate’s skills and preferences, he/she might be involved also in project management and teaching activities.

The successful candidate must hold a Master degree in mechatronics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics and be interested in the field of intelligent transport systems. Team player qualities are essential.

The minimum gross salary for the position is 2,794.60 €/month (in line with the University collective agreement, KV classification B1). The doctoral contract is initially limited to one year and will be extended up to 4 years in case of successful cooperation.
The position will begin at a flexible date starting from August 1st 2018, please send all relevant information (curriculum and supporting documents) to luigi.delre@jku.at

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6.5. PhD: University of Grenoble-Alpes, France
Contributed by: Oded Maler, oded.maler@imag.fr

PhD Proposal: Data Mining Dynamic Behaviors using Signal Temporal Logic

Tempo group
VERIMAG,
University of Grenoble-Alpes
France

Supervisors: Oded Maler and Nicolas Basset

The major goal of the project is to develop new techniques for extracting information from temporal behaviors (signals, wave-forms, sequences), and come up with succinct representation that captures their properties. These behaviors, can be a result of running simulations or measuring actual systems in various domains. In some application domains temporal data mining is handled by techniques coming from machine learning (recurrent neural networks (RNN), automaton learning), statistics and control (system identification). The project will explore the applicability of Signal Temporal Logic (STL) for inferring classifiers and for clustering of such behaviors.

STL is a simple extension of temporal logic used to specify properties of real-valued signals defined over continuous time. It can express, for example constraints on the temporal distance between events such as threshold crossings of various variables. Its major use is to monitor behaviors (simulation traces, measurement from a real system during operation) and detect violations of temporal properties. Since its introduction in 2004, STL has been adopted by researchers in many application domains to specify and monitor behaviors of diverse systems such as robots, medical devices (artificial pancreas, anaesthesia machine), analog circuits, biochemical models of cellular pathways, and cyber-physical control systems, mostly within the automotive domain. An introduction to can be found in
http://www-verimag.imag.fr/~maler/Papers/checking.pdf
and a recent survey appears in
http://www-verimag.imag.fr/~maler/Papers/monitor-RV-chapter.pdf

The starting point of the thesis will be the work on parametric identification of temporal properties which solves the following problem: given a behavior and a parametric STL (PSTL) formula, a formula where some threshold and timing constants have been replaced by parameters, find the set of parameters that makes the behavior satisfy the property. More details can be found in
http://www-verimag.imag.fr/~maler/Papers/identify-tl.pdf
and
http://www-verimag.imag.fr/~maler/Papers/parametric-hscc18.pdf
From the point of view of machine learning, the formula can be viewed as a feature extractor which reduces the signal into a low-dimensional set in the parameter space that can be used for classification and clustering.

The goal of the thesis is to develop these ideas further, theoretically and practically, to the point of being applicable to real-life case-studies. The actual evolution of the thesis will depend, of course, on intermediate results but also on the qualifications and tendencies of the student. Among the topics to be investigated we find:

1) A comparison with other approaches to learn from temporal behaviors such as RNN and automata;
2) Fundamental and algorithmic studies on the quantitative semantics of STL which reflects the robustness of satisfaction in space and time;
3) An implementation of different approaches (search, quantifier elimination, backward computation) to solve the parametric identification problem, exactly or approximately;
4) Handling the fact that while observing system behaviors we have only positive examples;
5) Developing efficient algorithms for sub-problems encountered during the development of the classification and clustering algorithms, e.g., computing the Hausdorff distance between unions of poyhedra, or approximating monotone functions;
6) Applying the resulting algorithms to case-studies coming from cyber-physical systems and mostly from systems biology.
7) Integrating the results in the AMT toolbox.

All in all, the thesis offers an opportunity to participate in a leading-edge research in a new and timely domain that combines clean and decent theory, real-life applicability and international collaboration. The thesis is part of the SYMER multi-disciplinary project of the Grenoble university, in collaboration with biologists working on cellular metabolism and epigenetics and the project results will be applied to models developed within the project.

We are looking for motivated candidates with a Masters degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or even Physics, and a solid background in a non-empty subset of computer science (algorithms, automata, logic), control, optimization, formal methods, machine learning, signal processing and statistical reasoning. Such candidates who are ready to learn new things and complete their background, are kindly requested to send e-mail (with "PhD-candidate" in the title) a CV and a motivation letter to Oded.Maler@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr and nicolas.basset1@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

The Grenoble area, in addition to being surrounded skiable mountains is easily accessible: Lyon (1 hour), Geneva (1.5 hours), Torino (2 hours), Paris (3 hours by train) and Barcelona (6 hours). It features one of Europe’s largest concentrations of academic/industrial research and development with a lot of students, a cosmopolite atmosphere and work opportunities.

VERIMAG, http://www-verimag.imag.fr is a leading academic lab in verification and model-based design of embedded cyber-physical systems. Its past contributions include model checking (J. Sifakis, Turing Award 2007), the data-flow language Lustre (P. Caspi, N. Halbwachs) underlying the SCADE programming environment for safety-critical systems. The Tempo group at VERIMAG has made pioneering contributions to the study of hybrid cyber-physical systems and its applications, and in particular the development of STL. Group alumni have proceeded to post-doc abroad (Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, Cornell, Boston University, IST Ausrtria) or integrate in industry (Mathworks, Intel, local start-ups) or R&D organization (Austrian Institute of Technology).

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6.6. PhD: University of Grenoble-Alpes, France
Contributed by: Alina Voda, alina.voda@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

PHD Position, fully funded by university grant, at GIPSA-lab, University Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France.

Title: "Fractional order modeling and identification for phantom EEG enhancement".
Starting: 1/10/2018.

Details at:
www.gipsa-lab.fr/transfert/propositions/1_2018-06-18_Sujet_PHD_SLR_Voda_...

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6.7. PhD: George Washington University, USA
Contributed by: Taeyoung Lee, tylee@gwu.edu

Flight dynamics and control lab (http://fdcl.seas.gwu.edu) of the George Washington University at Washington DC is looking for new doctoral students. There are two open positions for each of the following projects.

1. Uncertainty Propagation for Hybrid Systems

This project is to construct comprehensive computational techniques for stochastic analysis of hybrid systems evolving on a nonlinear configuration manifold, including uncertainty propagation, Bayesian estimation, and stochastic optimal control schemes.

In particular, backgrounds in the following topics are desired.

a. Stochastic analysis
b. Hybrid systems
c. Estimation
d. Geometric mechanics

This position will be funded by AFOSR, starting from Fall 2018.

2. Dynamics and Control of Flapping Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

This project aims to uncover the biomechanics of Monarch butterflies exhibiting the longest flight range among insects, and to utilize it to develop bio-inspired control schemes for long-range flapping-wing micro aerial vehicles. Backgrounds in the following topics are desired.

a. Nonlinear dynamics
b. Nonlinear control theory
c. Aerodynamics
d. Geometric mechanics

This position will be funded by NSF, starting from summer 2018.

For both positions, it is expected that the candidates have expertise in structured programming.

To apply, or to request more information, please contact Prof. Taeyoung Lee at tylee@gwu.edu. The application should include CV, a list of publications, and a list of reference, and it should be submitted as a single PDF file.

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6.8. PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia
Contributed by: Daoyi Dong, daoyidong@gmail.com

Scientia PhD Scholarship at UNSW: Machine learning for quantum estimation and control

This project aims to develop effective estimation and control methods using machine learning for quantum systems. Benchmarking and controlling quantum systems have been an important task in next generation technology. However, efficient methods for the estimation and control of complex quantum systems are lacking. The project will advance key knowledge and provide effective methods to enable us to identify and control complex quantum systems for wide applications arising in this emerging technological revolution. The research outcomes will make an important contribution to accelerating practical applications of future quantum technology. 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/

https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/machine-lea...

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit your application online, or contact A/Prof Daoyi Dong (d.dong@unsw.edu.au), Dr Hidehiro Yonezawa (h.yonezawa@unsw.edu.au) or Prof Valeri Ougrinovski (v.ougrinovski@adfa.edu.au) by 20 July 2018.

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6.9. PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia
Contributed by: Hendra Nurdin, h.nurdin@unsw.edu.au

A new UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship is available to work on the topic "Quantum parameter estimation and system identification for quantum technologies".

The Scientia scholarship (https://research.unsw.edu.au/unsw-scientia-phd-scholarship-scheme) is a generous scholarship scheme that provides a stipend of AUD$40,000 for 4 years (tax−free) together with a support package of up to AUD$10,000 per annum to provide financial support for career development activities such as conference travel and research collaboration. The scholarship's purpose is to attract the best potential talents from around the world to work on important contemporary research problems.

Information about the Scientia PhD project:

Quantum systems promise capabilities in sensing, communications and computing that significantly surpass those of current systems that are based on classical rather than quantum physics. The project will develop new data-driven methods for quantum parameter estimation and system identification for quantum systems that are of interest in quantum technological applications. The new methods will be applied to construct mathematical models for linear Gaussian systems that describe quantum optical and optomechanical systems for Gaussian continuous-variable quantum information processing, and for quantum noise spectroscopy, that is, the identification of the quantum noise acting on a quantum system.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in engineering, physics and/or statistics with knowledge of quantum mechanics and control theory. The candidate is expected to have strong analytical skills and a strong interest in the application of ideas and methods from control theory and statistics to quantum technological applications. A dual undergraduate degree in engineering and science (physics or mathematics/stastistics) or an undergraduate and a master's degree in related fields would be advantageous but not strictly required.

For further information, please contact Dr Hendra Nurdin at h.nurdin@unsw.edu.au and to apply please go to:

https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/quantum-par...

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6.10. PhD: University of Sannio in Benevento, Italy
Contributed by: Davide Liuzza, davide.liuzza@unisannio.it

PhD Position available at the Department of Engineering of the University of Sannio in Benevento, Italy.
Contacts: Prof. Luigi Glielmo (email glielmo@unisannio.it), Prof. Luigi Iannelli (email luigi.iannelli@unisannio.it), Dr. Davide Liuzza (email davide.liuzza@unisannio.it), Giuseppe Silano (email giuseppe.silano@unisannio.it).

The GRACE (Group for Research on Automatic Control Engineering) at the University of Sannio offers two PhD positions for an incoming European Project on CPS for farming scenarios to be started in October 2018.

The successful candidates will conduct original research on drone navigation and control in unknown environments (with special emphasis on woods and orchard) based on visual odometry information.
Our ideal candidates have a sound knowledge in robotics and computer vision from their Bachelor and Master degrees, experience in drone navigation, SLAM, computer vision algorithms and virtual reality environments for robotic applications (such as Gazebo, V-Rep, Webots, AirSim, etc.). Furthermore, a basic knowledge of ROS is desirable.
The candidates will also have to demonstrate experience in object programming (C++, Java), general skills in computer programming (Python, C, XML, and so on) an excellent academic track record, well developed problem solving skills and a strongly motivated personality. Familiarity with open source OS (Ubuntu) and version control systems (Git and Mercurial) is a plus. Interests in both theoretical robotic research and mobile robotic applications as well as the ability of working independently complete the candidate profiles.

The candidates will be selected according to applicant fulfilment of the above qualifications.

Interested candidates must send detailed CV, two contacts to whom we can ask reference letters, and any other useful documentation to the email address:
luigi.iannelli@unisannio.it, davide.liuzza@unisannio.it and giuseppe.silano@unisannio.it (please, include all the addresses).
Answers will be given at the beginning of September, 2018.

The selected candidate will join the control system group at the University of Sannio in Benevento, Italy. The project involves an academic and industrial panel of roughly 50 European partners.

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6.11. PhD: Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong, zhongqc@ieee.org

PhD in Control and Stability of Future Power Systems: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA

An exciting opportunity is coming up for talented and committed researchers to apply for a fully-funded PhD studentship at Illinois Institute of Technology. This is to continue the work presented at a semi-plenary talk delivered at the 20th IFAC World Congress on Synchronized and Democratized (SYNDEM) Smart Grids (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY8lgFAlBxP6j6haMqh4WLQ). We plan to investigate the stability of SYNDEM smart grids with millions of power electronic converters by adopting passivity and port-Hamiltonian systems theory. We are particularly looking for candidates who have strong mathematical background in control theory as well as versatile practical skills in power electronics and power systems.

If you are interested in this, please send your CV, transcripts and two representative publications to Qing-Chang Zhong (zhongqc@ieee.org).

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6.12. PhD/PostDoc: KU Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Johan Suykens, johan.suykens@esat.kuleuven.be

PhD and Postdoc positions KU Leuven (ERC Advanced grant E-DUALITY)

The research group KU Leuven ESAT-STADIUS is currently offering 3 PhD and 3 Postdoc (1 year, extendable) positions within the framework of the ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant E-DUALITY http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/E (PI: Johan Suykens) on Exploring Duality for Future Data-driven Modelling.

Within this ERC project E-DUALITY we aim at realizing a powerful and unifying framework (including e.g. kernel methods, support vector machines, deep learning, multilayer networks, tensor-based models and others) for handling different system complexity levels, obtaining optimal model representations and designing efficient algorithms.

The research positions relate to the following possible topics:
-1- Duality principles
-2- Multiple data sources and coupling schemes
-3- Manifold learning and semi-supervised schemes
-4- Optimal prediction schemes
-5- Scalability, on-line updating, interpretation and visualization
-6- Mathematical foundations
-7- Matching model to system characteristics

For further information and on-line applying, see
https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54681979" (PhD positions) and
https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54681807" (Postdoc positions)
(click EN for English version).

The research group ESAT-STADIUS http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius at the university KU Leuven Belgium provides an excellent research environment being active in the broad area of mathematical engineering, including data-driven modelling, neural networks and machine learning, nonlinear systems and complex networks, optimization, systems and control, signal processing, bioinformatics and biomedicine.

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6.13. PostDoc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Rudy Negenborn, r.r.negenborn@tudelft.nl

Post-doc: "Coordination & control for logistics on modular floating transport hubs"
available at Delft University of Technology, Dept. of Maritime & Transport Technology

Within the framework of the EU H2020 funded program Space@Sea we seek a talented and ambitious post-doctoral researcher for research on control and optimization of logistics for floating transport hubs. The Space@Sea program aims to provide sustainable and affordable workspace at sea by developing a standardised and cost efficient modular (floating) island with low ecological impact. The Space@Sea program aims at four application areas on such an island: Transport and Logistics hub, Energy hub, Farming and Living at sea. The current post-doc vacancy focuses on the Transport and Logistics hub application.

We seek a post-doctoral researcher that will focus on real-time process control and coordination methods of transport and logistic tasks on and around the platform, and with other (land-based) hubs. Specific challenges include developing methods that take into account limited operational windows due to sea states, formal mathematical modelling, developing simulation cases, and determining and assessing alternative routing strategies for vessels and land-based vehicles while keeping environmental impact at a minimum.

You will work closely together with TU Delft staff and the (international) project partners on many aspects of the transport and logistics hub.

Requirements
We are seeking a researcher who has expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas:
• Automatic (distributed) control, operations research, simulation;
• Vehicle routing, logistics, terminal / port design.
You have obtained a PhD or an equivalent degree or expect to obtain such a degree very soon related to these areas (control, optimization, logistics). Good spoken and written English and the ability to work in a team are mandatory.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. R.R. Negenborn, e-mail: r.r.negenborn@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and the names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) of two references by 7 July, 2018 to: application-3mE@tudelft.nl.

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6.14. PostDoc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: S Hassan HoseinNia, s.h.hosseinniakani@tudelft.nl

This is a postdoctoral research position, with a limited 12-month duration. You will develop, conduct and supervise research on soft magnetic actuators for mechatronics. You will be engaged in the development of novel systems aimed at creating a demonstrator as a proof of principle, based on tuneable electromagnetic with applications in precision mechatronics applications.
The tasks to be performed include:
• The design of a soft material actuator suitable to the mechatronic and biomechanical applications,
• The development of a suitable fabrication process for the manufacturing of the system,
• The characterization and testing of the device’s functionality, stability and reliability,
• The supervision of MSc student projects related to your own,
• Being an inspiring member for the PME department by proactive participation,
• Engaging in the writing of scientific articles and proposals to secure funding for further work on the topic.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• PhD and multidisciplinary background within the fields of (but not restricted to) Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Applied Physics
• Experience with:
° Softmatter actuators (polymeric, magnetic, electrical, penumatic, etc)
° Megnetic actuator
° Modelling and control of such systems
• Experience or high interest (not mandatory but preferred) with
° Hands on experimental work and fabriation
° Compliant mechanisms or robotics applications
• A good publication record.
• Interest in educational tasks such as teaching and supervision of Master and PhD students.
• Good skill in writing scientific articles and funding proposals
• High motivation for teamwork and good communication skills.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• PhD and multidisciplinary background within the fields of (but not restricted to) Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Applied Physics, Material Science, or Chemical Engineering
• Experience with:
° Softmatter actuators (polymeric, magnetic, electrical, penumatic, etc)
° Megnetic actuator
° Modelling and control of such systems
• Experience or high interest (not mandatory but preferred) with
° Hands on experimental work and fabriation
° Compliant mechanisms or robotics applications
• A good publication record.
• Interest in educational tasks such as teaching and supervision of Master and PhD students.
• Good skill in writing scientific articles and funding proposals
• High motivation for teamwork and good communication skills.

For more information please contact Dr. Hassan HosseinNia, email: s.h.hosseinniakani@tudelft.nl.

To apply, please send an detailed cv, a list of publications and your letter of motivation by July 15th, 2018 to s.h.hosseinniakani@tudelft.nl.

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6.15. PostDoc: INRIA Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Vincent Acary, vincent.acary@inria.fr

Post-doc position INRIA Grenoble, France. Structural analysis of nonsmooth DAE systems.

A two-year post-doc position is open at INRIA Rhone-Alpes in structural analysis of nonsmooth DAE systems.

A complete description and how to apply is available here:

https://jobs.inria.fr/public/classic/en/offres/2018-00651

Vincent Acary

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6.16. PostDoc: USP, Brazil
Contributed by: OSWALDO LUIZ DO VALLE COSTA, oswaldo@lac.usp.br

PostDoc: USP, Brazil
Contributed by: Oswaldo Luiz do Valle Costa, oswaldo@lac.usp.br
Systems and Control: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Brazil

A Post-Doctorate Fellowship is opened for researchers who have completed his\her PhD less than seven years ago to develop research in Brazil. Candidates must hold a PhD-Doctorate degree related to at least one of the next topics: Control and Systems Engineering; Automation; Robotics; Electrical Engineering; Electronics; Mechatronics; Mathematics (pure or applied); Statistics. Candidates holding a PhD in any of the aforementioned topics are invited to apply. The successful applicant will be required to live in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, during the fellowship period. Our research facilities are located at the Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

The selected candidate will receive a Post-Doctorate Fellowship from FAPESP, Brazil (R$ 7,174.80 per month, which is approximately equivalent to US$ 1,800.00). The fellowship is awarded for 12 (twelve) months and can be renewed for another 12 months. The position requires a good-level of written and oral communication skills in English.

The aim of the project is to advance the knowledge on control problems for Markov jump linear systems (MJLS. Problems related to the so-called hidden Makov case will also be investigated, as well as real practical application on fault tolerant control problems. The appointed candidate is expect to build a bridge between theory and applications. The selected candidates will work under the supervision of Prof. Oswaldo Luiz do Valle Costa (USP, Brazil).

The selection process will consist of the candidate’s CV analysis (first step) and an interview via Skype with the selected candidates (second step). The result of the first step of the selection process will be informed by email. The interview will be arranged with the candidates by email. Candidates should submit their documentation by email at "oswaldo@lac.usp.br". The required documentation for application are a cover letter in which the applicant justifies his or her interest in the proposed topics and an updated academic Curriculum Vitae. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Starting time (tentative): November 01, 2018.

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6.17. PostDoc: University of Sydney, Australia
Contributed by: Ian Manchester, ian.manchester@sydney.edu.au

A post-doctoral research associate/fellow position is now open at the University of Sydney.

We are seeking applicants with a strong background and publication record in nonlinear control theory, control of robotic systems, nonlinear predictive control, stability verification, and/or learning control to contribute to a project funded by the Australian Research Council and led by A/Prof Ian Manchester.

This is a 2 Year Full time Fixed Term role with Base Salary: $90K-102K p.a, depending on experience, plus superannuation.

For full details and application go to
https://sydney.nga.net.au
and do a "Job search" for "Job reference" 1124/0618F
Closing date for applications is 22nd of July.

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6.18. Research Associate: Paderborn University, Germany
Contributed by: Daniel Quevedo, dquevedo@ieee.org

The Automatic Control Group (Prof. Daniel Quevedo) in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Paderborn University is seeking a Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)

This is a full-time position, which is to be filled as soon as possible. We will welcome doctoral students and postdocs. The position is limited to the duration of the qualification procedure in the field of Automatic Control, depending on the previous qualification, for a period of usually 3 years with possible extensions (according to WissZeitVG).

Your duties and responsibilities:
The appointee will be actively involved in our research activities in the area of networked control, support the group's teaching activities (4 SWS) and also assist in the supervision of final-year students.

For further information, see http://control.upb.de

Your profile:
- A Master's or a doctoral degree in control theory from an excellent University.
- Postdoctoral applicants must have a proven capacity for high-quality research in our areas of interest and publications in leading international journals in systems control.
- Fluency in English is required, knowledge of German is a strong advantage.

We offer a stimulating work environment in an international team and an attractive remuneration package according to pay scale TV-L EG 13 of the German public service (approx. € 3.600-4.000 per month).

Applications from women are particularly welcome and, in case of equal qualifications and experience, will receive preferential treatment according to state law (LGG). Qualified disabled people (in the sense of the German social law SGB IX) are also encouraged to apply. The applicant may choose to have the staff council (WPR) involved in his/her appointment.

Please send your application (including a cover letter, your CV, list of publications, and contact details of at least two referees) to Ines Kaiser, ines.kaiser@upb.de by 15 August 2018 (reference no. 3391).

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6.19. Faculty: Aalborg University, Denmark
Contributed by: Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, ach@adm.aau.dk

Professor in Robotics and Control

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, a position as Professor in Robotics and Control is open for appointment from September 1, 2018 or soon hereafter. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of the largest departments at Aalborg University with a total of more than 250 employees. The department is internationally recognized in particular for its contributions within Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The research and teaching of the Department of Electronic Systems focus on electronic engineering and the activity areas are organized in the sections: Antennas, Propagation and Millimetre-wave Systems section (APMS), Automation Control section (Control), Connectivity section (CNT), Signal and Information Processing section (SIP), Wireless Communication Networks section (WCN) and Communication, Media and Information technologies (CMI). The department focuses on maintaining a close interplay with the university’s surroundings - locally, nationally and internationally – as well as producing unique basic research and educating talented and creative engineers. The department collaborates with leading ICT researchers all over the world.
Job description

We seek to appoint a Professor to lead research and knowledge exchange at the intersection of the disciplines of robotics and control. The successful candidate will join a team of academics in control and robotics with a comprehensive robotics research and teaching portfolio (including a new graduate programme in Robotics). The group focuses on novel robotics application areas.

The position requires internationally recognized research experience in one or more of the following areas:

Collaborative robotics
Shared autonomy
Physical human-robot interaction
Autonomous systems
Synthesis for closed loop robotic systems (w. uncertainty and dynamic environments)

The main duties and responsibilities include:

Leadership and strategic direction and focus of a research programme within robotics.
Research, including publication of results and supervision of research students.
Teaching and assessment of primarily graduate students.
Generation of research funding applications and management of successful projects and programmes.
Leverage of reputation, knowledge and experience to strengthen our relationship with private industry partners in the field of robotics.

Teaching will be within the BSc/MSc study program in Robotics, and within the PhD School in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. It includes preparation and lecturing of internal and external courses at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, as well as supervision of student projects at all these levels.

You may obtain further professional information from Professor Thomas Bak, phone no. 9940 8701, Email tba@es.aau.dk.

Qualification requirements:
The successful applicant can demonstrate a documented high level of original scientific production at an international level, including proven further development of the research area in question. An assessment of the candidate’s undertaking of research management and/or other possible management functions will also be taken into account. In addition the applicant is expected to have the qualifications required for undertaking teaching responsibilities. Special contributions to and development of educational and teaching related areas will be considered in the overall assessment.

The application must contain the following:

A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
A current curriculum vitae.
Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications. A link to your unique research identifier (Google Scholar or Web of Science ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID) which allows your publication and citation record to be analyzed.
Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.
Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
Possibly contact information for 2-3 references
Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Anne Christoffersen by mail ach@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9680.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here (http://www.tech.aau.dk/ansatte/hr-personaleadministration/).

Agreement
Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given.

Vacancy number
60240

Deadline
01/08/2018

Apply online
https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/Application...

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6.20. Department Head: French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
Contributed by: Mrs. Borchert, humanresources@isl.eu

The French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL), a leader in Europe in research on guided projectiles, is urgently looking for the head of its department "guidance, navigation, control, and System analysis". This department belongs to the division "Flight Techniques for Projectiles", comprising also aerodynamics, real flight experiments and sensors & communication systems departments. Their research is applied to all kinds of guided projectiles, mostly gun-launched. The position is challenging as the division's roadmap schedules ambitious deadlines for demonstrating the feasibility of an innovative long-range guided projectile concept.

We are currently looking for a
Research scientist (m/f),
Head of the department "guidance, navigation, control, and system analysis".

Your tasks
- Develop and maintain, at the highest level, research capabilities in innovative solutions on guidance, navigation and control systems for the needs in guided projectiles, in synergy with the other departments of
the division.
- Develop and maintain, at the highest level, evaluation capabilities of performances of guided projectiles concepts.
- Leverage the expertise of academic partners, other research institutes and industry to the benefit of the objectives of the department.
- Engage proactively with industry, so as to anticipate best their needs in terms of research output.
- Establish the research department program in accordance with the strategy and priorities of the Division and with the needs of the French and German Ministries of Defence.
- Manage, plan and evaluate the research carried out in the department.
- Monitor closely the research work of the scientists, engineers and PhD students of the department.

The incumbent is expected to carry out personally research, in addition to the management of the department.
The department possesses recognised skills and has developed so far quite innovative solutions.

Other duties
- Manage the department's human and financial resources as well as scientific equipment.
- Optimise the use of the department's capabilities for the proper execution of the research program.
- Involve strongly in the department's life, cohesion and development.
- Involve strongly in a synergetic approach in particular with the other departments of the division as key for success.
- Increase the scientific reputation of our Institute through high-level publications, involvement in conferences, external communication, etc.

Your profile
- PhD in automatic control applied to flight mechanics.
- At least 10 years of experience in high-level research (with a demonstrated prominence in your scientific community), including the effective management of a research team of 10 collaborators at least.
- Skills in guidance, navigation and control, and in system analysis for flying vehicles; additionally, skills in flight mechanics, aeroballistics, aerodynamics, mechatronics would be highly desirable.
- Knowledge in projectile and missile technologies.
- Organisational skills, ability to work effectively as the leader of the team, communication skills.
- An effective work experience in a multinational context and experience in managing multi-partners Projects would be valued.
- Excellent command of English; understanding or even ability to express yourself efficiently in one or both of the French and German languages would be of course a very desirable plus.

The ISL offers an attractive salary, flexible work arrangements and a very friendly work environment.

If these challenges appeal to you and you feel you have the right profile, we are looking forward to receive your complete application mentioning the following keyword "GNC-S".

French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis
Mrs. Isabel BORCHERT
5 rue du Général Cassagnou
BP 70034
68301 SAINT LOUIS CEDEX, France
Phone: +33 (0)3 89 69 51 31
humanresources@isl.eu

For more information please visit www.isl.eu.

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6.21. Research Scientist: Optikom, China
Contributed by: Yueqing Jiang, dchu@optikom.cn

A research scientist available at Optikom, Xiamen China

Responsibilities
* Algorithm Development
* Matlab Programming
* On-site Commissioning
* Be involved in the whole cycle of the software development: design, documentation, testing, alpha trial, beta trial, release, etc
* Customer support
* Publication and fund application

Requirements
* Have the Ph.D. degree in the area of process control, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, computer science, or the other related area.
* Be familiar with system identification, system failure prediction, abnormal detection, model based control, plant lifecycle management, and other related knowledge.
* Will be an asset to have experience of industrial project commissioning
* Will be an asset to have the experience with big data analysis
* The candidate with strong interests on the industrial applications using complicated algorithm development is highly recommended to apply.
* Fluent in both spoken and written Chinese

Interested applicants may send his/her CV to dchu@optikom.cn. Benefits included competitive salary package, plus health insurance and housing allowance. For more information check www.optikom.cn.

 

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