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PhD Position Neuronal Networks Underlying Learning and Decision-Making: Dynamics and Analysis

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands is seeking a qualified candidate for a four-year …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands is seeking a qualified candidate for a four-year PhD position within the interdisciplinary research platform consisting of control theory, human cognition and AI domains.

Project description
Understanding the mechanisms of human cognition, e.g. learning and decision-making, is among the key components behind developments of efficient human-in-the-loop algorithms as well as advances in human cognitive health. Cognitive abilities are rooted in the activities of dynamic networks of neurons. A central topic in this domain is to understand the relations between the cognitive functioning and the brain neuronal activities in particular in the light of dynamic changes in neuronal interactions. This project will consider system level modeling and analysis of dynamic neuronal networks whose activities form the underlying mechanisms of learning and decision-making. We will capitalize mainly on the tools from nonlinear and adaptive control theory. Physics-based and data-driven approaches will be employed for the dynamical modeling part. The outcome of this project, in collaboration with cognitive neuroscientists and AI experts, will contribute to mechanistic understandings of human cognition as well as advances in artificial learning algorithms.

Department
The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Centers' research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in physical imaging systems, renewable energy, robotics and transportation systems.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in Systems and Control, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related discipline, with a strong background in systems and control and a genuine interest in cognitive science. Familiarity or a background in data-driven techniques/ machine learning is a plus. The candidate is expected to work in an interdisciplinary research on the edge of control theory, cognitive neuroscience, and deep learning/AI. A good command of the English language is required.

Conditions

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Matin Jafarian, Assistant Professor, email: m.jafarian@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Irina Bruckner, HR Advisor, email: application-3me@tudelft.nl.