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Assistant/Associate Professor in Self-organizing control systems

The complexity of human engineered systems is reaching such high levels that traditional, manual based methods for analysing and controlling them are no …

6 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
€ 3637 - € 6738 per maand


The complexity of human engineered systems is reaching such high levels that traditional, manual based methods for analysing and controlling them are no longer applicable. This position aims to tackle the challenge of learning to control and/or monitor such complex systems from data. Scientific goals include determining how self-organization, adaptation/evolution, and fragility/resilience can be used to understand, monitor and control such complex systems. This fundamental framework makes it possible to develop control and monitoring systems for demanding industrial application fields such as large-scale mechatronic systems, dynamic positioning systems, ocean and wind energy harvesting systems.

This position is located in the Data Driven Control section within DCSC. Within this section of DCSC the focus is on the analysis and decision making for large-scale (in size) multi-disciplinary dynamical systems. It addresses the question about what model complexity is necessary for all individual system components in order to use data-driven models for reliable and robust model based diagnostics, parameter estimation, monitoring and control.

Cooperation with other members of the scientific staff and establishing relationships with practitioners are important. Moreover, you will contribute to teaching at the MSc and BSc levels. Every new Assistant Professor will be given a Tenure Track position. This process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible.


The successful candidate has the following qualifications:

  • An Ph.D. degree in systems and control, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or a related field.
  • Fundamental knowledge of control systems theory and/or system identification.
  • The capacity to communicate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders in the application field
  • An excellent track record in scientific publications, acquisition and management of externally funded research projects, and a clear view on required future developments, aiming at a high degree of sustainability in the application field, and have experience as a post-doctoral researcher.
  • Fluency in English and the willingness to learn Dutch within three years.
  • An open personality and good communication skills in written and spoken English.


A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.

The 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 on-campus International Children’s Centre offers international programs at childcare and primary school levels. TU Delft Dual Career Services can provide support to accompanying partners wishing to pursue their professional activity.
Salary - ranging from 3.637 to 5.656 for Assistant Professor and from 5.039 to 6.738 for Associate Professor gross a month (full time based) - and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. Inspiring, excellent education is one of our central aims. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact prof. dr.ir. J.W. van Wingerden, j.w.vanwingerden@tudelft.nl.
To apply, please submit the following by e-mail to Irina Bruckner, application-3mE@tudelft.nl, please refer to vacancy number 3mE19-45:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae that explicitly states your educational record, recent major achievements, list of publications,
  • a separate motivation letter stating why the proposed research topic interests you,
  • a vision on research and education, and
  • the names of three persons who could be contacted for a reference. and other information that might be relevant to your application,

The application deadline is 31th of August, 2019. However, the position will stay open until a suitable candidate has been found.