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Assistant Professor Dynamics and Control of Engineering Systems

Assistant Professor Dynamics and Control of Engineering Systems

Position
Assistant Professor
Department(s)
Mechanical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
29/08/2021
Reference number
V35.4905

Job description

Are you enthusiastic about how to contribute to the progress in the field of dynamical systems and control? Are you able to further valorize such research in industry and society and willing
to contribute to the existing BSc program Mechanical Engineering and the MSc programs Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Systems and Control (S&C) within the department?
The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the TU/e seeks to hire an outstanding faculty member at the level of (tenure-track) assistant professor within the field of Dynamical Systems and Control, who should play a role in addressing challenges and trends in our field.

General
The dynamics of engineering systems play a central role in the design for their operational functionality. Examples are robots, autonomous vehicles, high-tech equipment for the semi-conductor industry, electron microscopes, manufacturing systems, MEMS devices and many more. The thorough understanding of the dynamics of engineering systems, including aspects of both modelling and analysis, is a key discipline within (mechanical) engineering. In addition, it is an important prerequisite to the automatic control of engineering systems. Hence, it is tightly connected to the discipline of systems and control, which focusses on the fundamentals of ensuring that engineering systems can operate safely and with desired performance. Control is also the central factor in our desire to make engineering systems increasingly autonomous. Examples of both industrial and societal impact of improved system autonomy are self-driving cars, high precision positioning systems, smart medical devices, etc.

Within the Dynamics and Control section of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, we foster the vision that the fruitful synergy between the fields of dynamical systems and control is highly beneficial in taking on the future societal and industrial challenges in the fields of high-tech systems, mobility, sustainability and health. The Dynamics and Control section comprises a diverse and committed team of 20+ full- and part-time researchers and 30+ Post-doc and PhD students. We intensively collaborate within the section and division and with industrial partners within innovative research projects and highly value societal and industrial valorization. Moreover, we provide high-quality and challenging education, continuously investing in educational innovation. The section has a broad funding base and a strong track record in attracting industrial funding and international collaborations.

Research field
Research on dynamical systems is currently taking on a multitude of challenges. Firstly, the joint consideration of first-principle modelling and data-driven approaches will become increasingly important in the dynamic modelling of engineering systems, especially when these are operating in unstructured environments. Such synergetic modelling approaches will enable dealing with increasing system complexity and uncertainty. System and model complexity arises from many sources. This calls for new developments on novel numerical, experimental and analytical tools for the analysis of dynamical systems.

In addition, the further development of intelligent autonomous engineering systems poses many challenges on the automatic control of such systems, such as, for example,

  • How to combine novel developments on control with those on sensing, perception, planning, model-based prediction and communication technologies for autonomous systems?
  • How to deal with increasing system complexity in ensuring system performance?
  • How to guarantee safety and reliability of control systems in uncertain, unstructured environments.

Within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, long-standing application-related research lines are being maintained on topics that, on the one hand, will benefit from developments in the scope of Dynamical Systems and Control and, on the other hand, would serve as excellent ways to valorize such research in relevant application domains, such as, e.g., autonomous and cooperative vehicles, nano opto-mechatronics, robotics, mechatronics for high-tech systems, digital twinning for smart industry & advanced manufacturing, high-tech systems, health applications, smart energy systems, automation of distribution centers, acoustics, smart materials, etc.

This research theme provides ample opportunity for fundamental, interdisciplinary research and valorization in a wide range of applications, many of which are strongly rooted in the Dutch high-tech & manufacturing industry, and the agriculture and transportation sectors.

Embedding
Your new group will be embedded in the Dynamics and Control Section with the Division of Dynamical Systems Design of the department. You are expected to strongly co-operate with existing groups in this division and other Sections of the department. The department fosters a personnel strategy stimulating personal growth towards faculty forming independent groups within larger coherent sections.

Your group will be embedded in the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute and the associated High-Tech Systems Center within the University. She/he will also be embedded in research schools of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC) and Engineering Mechanics (EM).

Work with us!
We have several other open positions:
Associate / Full Professor Dynamical Systems and Control
Assistant Professor Multi-physics Dynamical System Design

Job requirements

  • Academic education within the field of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering,
    or Computer Science;
  • Academic doctorate and relevant research experience in the field of study;
  • Extensive teaching experience (including PGO education, lectures and tutorials, practice, mentoring final projects and internships);
  • Scientific creativity and productivity as appearing from publications in leading journals;
  • Good communicative and didactic skills;
  • Participate in and leading committees or working groups.

Conditions of employment

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department;
  • A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming associate professor. After a maximum of 4 years the tenure decision will be made. If you have a more senior profile, you will receive a tailor-made career proposal;
  • In order to empower you, we provide support such as training programs for academic leadership and the university teaching qualification and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment;
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities;
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes). 
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information can be obtained from the link: 
https://www.tue.nl/en/research/researchgroups/dynamics-and-control/ 

More information
Questions regarding the scientific content can be directed to prof.dr.ir. N.(Nathan) van de Wouw, n.v.d.wouw[at]tue.nl

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact or contact Elly van den Eertwegh, recruiter, e.a.m.v.d.eertwegh[at]tue.nl or + 31 (0)6 39186476.

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About us
Eindhoven University of Technology is a top-ranking Dutch university that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a number 1 position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

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Application The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications’.
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages).
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages).

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.