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Assistant/Associate Professor of Systems & Control

Uncertainty quantification, disturbance modelling,
A PhD degree in systems and control, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 5405 per maand


Uncertainty quantification and disturbance modelling are essential parts of the data-driven control cycle of multi-disciplinary systems. They addresses the question of what is possible and what is important, respectively. Therefore, the combination of uncertainty descriptions with multi-disciplinary system models is essential to enable reliable, robust, and efficient decision making. This fundamental framework makes it possible to develop robust, data-driven control systems for demanding industrial application fields, including large-scale mechatronic systems, dynamic positioning systems, and ocean/-wind energy harvesting systems.

Currently, we seek an expert in the field of data-driven modelling and/or control with a solid background in the field of (robust) control engineering and/or nonlinear system identification.
Cooperation with other members of the scientific staff and establishing relationships with practitioners are important aspects of this position. You will also contribute to teaching at the MSc and BSc levels. Every new Assistant/Associate Professor is given a tenure-track position.

A tenure track, a 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. For more information about the tenure track and the personal development programme, please visit www.tudelft.nl/tenuretrack.


The successful candidate must have the following qualifications:
• A PhD 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, a clear view on required future developments, aiming at a high degree of sustainability in the application field, and 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 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 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.
The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. 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.

For more information about this position, please contact dr. J.W. van Wingerden, j.w.vanwingerden@tudelft.nl. To apply, please submit the following:
1) a detailed curriculum vitae that explicitly states your educational record, recent major achievements, list of publications,
2) a separate motivation letter stating why the proposed research topic interests you,
3) a vision on research and education, and
4) the names of three persons who could be contacted for a reference.
You may also include other information that might be relevant to your application. Please e-mail your application by 7 January 2018 to Irina Bruckner, application-3mE@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE17-60.

Additional information

J. W. van Wingerden

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering The Delft Centre for Systems and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and research activities in the fields of systems and control at the Delft University of Technology. The Centre's mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. This undertaking is motivated by advanced technology developments in several (emerging) application fields.
Within the data-driven control 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 of 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.