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Postdoctoral Researcher on Learning for Control of Complex Systems

Postdoctoral Researcher on Learning for Control of Complex Systems

(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Mechanical Engineering
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Job description

  • Are you fascinated by learning from data to control future complex systems?
  • Are you passionate to solve fundamental problems in learning, dynamical systems, and control in relation to challenges arising in engineering applications?
  • Do you want to be part of an active and high impact center in fundamental and applied research in the broad area of control?

If so, you may be the perfect candidate to join our research group.

Engineered systems are becoming increasingly complex and enormous amounts of data are being generated. In our research, we aim to develop methods to learn from data in such complex dynamic systems, with the goal to allow future systems to make better decisions based on the learned behavior. Our research team's main application area lies in the broad domain of high-tech precision mechatronics - we are centrally located within the Brainport region. We believe we can use data to control such complex engineered systems to the limit of predictable behavior. To achieve this, we address fundamental questions in learning of dynamical systems (system identification), data-driven control, and control of uncertain systems. Currently, we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher who is interested to contribute to our application-driven fundamental research, which could cover fundamental contributions that relate to the mentioned scientific areas, as well as high-impact application aspects. Are you interested in joining our team?

This position will be in the research group of prof. Tom Oomen (, which is part of the Control Systems Technology Section (, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology. The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) was established in 1956, is ranked among the top universities in Europe, and is in the top 10 of the CWTS worldwide ranking of university-industry cooperation. The CST section is among the largest and high-impact research centers in control globally, where both fundamental and applied research are performed at the highest level. Current research lines in the section include control and systems theory, cyber-physical systems, optimization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and systems engineering. Applications are often done in close collaboration with industry, where the CST section is uniquely positioned in a key high-tech region (Brainport Eindhoven). Application areas include mechatronic system design and motion systems, robotics, autonomous vehicles and mobility, smart medical devices, energy systems including nuclear fusion, and agrifood. The CST section currently consists of a diverse and committed team of
29 full-time and part-time staff members and 50+ post-doc and PhD researchers. The section currently consists of 8 Principal Investigators (PIs), who are responsible for specific scientific research lines and act as group leaders.

Job requirements

  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and publications.
  • Ability to teach, shown by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that the standard language of the University is English, and there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • Be a team player and able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary context.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for 1-2 years.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • In case you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you an attractive tax reduction on your salary;
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
prof. Tom Oomen, t.a.e.oomen[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • Motivation letter in which you concisely describe your research vision and how you see this connects to our team's activities (see for details of our activities).
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of relevant references.
  • List of three self-selected ‘best publications’ with a brief motivation.

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