Post Doctoral researcher in algorithmic game theory for uncertain systems

Post Doctoral researcher in algorithmic game theory for uncertain systems

Published Deadline Location
4 Jul 18 Aug Maastricht

Job description

Many real-life problems can be described by a collection of interacting agents making decisions in an uncertain environment, formally, by an uncertain multi-agent system. As an example, consider the energy grid, where companies and prosumers (who produce and consume energy at the same time) try to handle the uncertainty coming from renewable sources and demand imbalances. How can the agents take into account this unpredictability to optimize their decision-making process? What happens if very few information on the uncertainty is available? How can optimization and game theory help?

If you want to answer these questions, join us!

In the context of the NWO project ‘Game theoretic approach for uncertain multi-agent systems’, you will model these problems using stochastic (generalized) Nash equilibrium problems with particular focus on the characterization of distributionally robust games. One of the main objectives of the project is then to find distributed optimization algorithms which are guaranteed to converge to an equilibrium despite this lack of knowledge on the uncertainty. To achieve this goal, you will use tools from monotone operator theory, stochastic (non-convex) optimization and stochastic programming.

Job description
We are looking for a motivated PostDoc with a background in Game Theory and Optimization. The successful candidate will conduct theoretical and algorithmic research on uncertain multi-agent systems and will be responsible for developing state-of-the-art algorithms that are guaranteed to converge to the Nash equilibrium. Your research task will be to propose and validate such algorithms and find suitable application domains for these models. Your work will be mostly on the theoretical analysis, but it will potentially have a societal impact as well, via its possible applications.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • To perform scientific research in algorithmic game theory and its applications.
  • To be able to work independently, as well as collaboratively in both research oriented and in applied settings.
  • To publish the main results in top-tier (international) conferences and in international journals.
  • Present the results in internal research group meetings as well as at national and international scientific conferences.
  • To assist with educational tasks, e.g., in tutorial sessions and in supervising students and internships.
  • Participate actively in the activities of the Game research group such as grant acquisition and event organization.

  1. PhD (completed, or to be completed shortly) in (Applied) Mathematics, Operations Research, Computing Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or closely related fields. Candidates with a strong academic background and industry experience will also be considered.
  2. Demonstrated (e.g., through publications, code, projects, etc.) experience in game theory and/or optimization.
  3. Proficiency in English (oral and written).
  4. Excellent communication skills.

Additionally, we would like it if you have:
  • Experience with stochastic optimization.
  • Experience with programming (Matlab).
  • Experience with machine learning.

If your profile does not completely meet the above criteria, but you are interested and you want to show us your unique perspective on why you would fit this project, we would still like to hear from you.

You should be available to start in this position in November 2024 at the latest.

What we offer
As a Post doctoral researcher
at Faculty of Science & Engineering, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 11 according to UFO profile Researcher, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €4332,00 and €5929,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 36 months with a scope of 1,0
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University
Why work at Maastricht University?

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

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Faculty of Science and Engineering
At the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), we focus on themes such as circularity and sustainability, future farming, digitisation and (scientific) instrument development. FSE's leading projects, like the Einstein Telescope Pathfinder, are sure to grab anyone's attention. The faculty is a vibrant hub of education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). At FSE, over 450 staff members and 3700 students gather to explore e exciting interdisciplinary research and educational programmes. Feel welcome, be part of our team and put your brilliant mind to work!

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Department of Advanced Computing Sciences
The Department of Advanced Computing Sciences is Maastricht University’s largest and oldest department broadly covering the fields of artificial intelligence, data science, computer science, mathematics and robotics.
Over 100 researchers work and study in the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences, whose roots trace back to 1987. The department’s staff teaches more than 1,200 bachelor’s and master’s students in 4 specialized study programmes in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Barbara Franci (Assistant Professor) at for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Post Doctoral researcher? Apply now, no later than August 18th 2024, for this position.

Depending on your current location, you may be invited for an interview via MS Teams or in person. The interviews will be scheduled mid September 2024, you will receive the notification for the interview and the preparation materials by end of August 2024.

To apply for the position, submit the following documents via our website(preferably in a single PDF document):
  • A detailed curriculum vitae including the applicant’s list of publications.
  • A course list of your Masters and Bachelor programs (including grades).
  • A maximum two-page research statement that presents your expertise directly related to the requirements listed above and describes future research plans in the context of the project.
  • A (co)-authored publication most representative for the job description.
  • Name and contact information of two references.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1135


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