Assistant/Associate Professor in Self-organizing control systems

Assistant/Associate Professor in Self-organizing control systems

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3 Sep 11 Sep Delft

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Job description

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systems is reaching such high levels that traditional, manual based methods for analysing and controlling them are no longer applicable.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.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


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.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Tenure track.

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.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (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. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits. 

The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty 3mE, 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, robotics and transportation systems. For more information: www.tudelft/dcsc

Delft University of Technology stands for diversity and inclusion. We endeavour to ensure that everyone who studies or works here feels at home and can bring out the best in themselves. Considering the current composition of the DCSC department, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to the present vacancies.


  • Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers; Research, Development, Innovation
  • Engineering
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • €3637—€6738 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3mE19-45


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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