Engineered systems and their control are essential to address future societal challenges regarding health, mobility, energy, food, etc. The increasing complexity of these systems requires systematic design, modelling, and control to improve their performance, monitor their health, and allow interaction between systems as well as their users. We have an open tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of modelling and control of multi-physics systems in the Control Systems Technology (CST) section with the aim to address future challenges in emerging areas such as the generation of energy through nuclear fusion, as well as green energy through renewable (solar) fuels, and control for thermal and thermal-mechanical systems in lithography and printing systems, but also in medical applications such as hyperthermia therapies to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments. Breakthroughs in modelling, identification, and control technologies are essential to enable accurate operation of such processes, where the multi-physics character (thermal, mechanical, electromagnetic, chemical, biological, etc.) and multi-scale (both in space and time) nature of the underlying processes have to be explicitly accounted for. Techniques integrating multi-physics white-box modelling and data-based system identification as well as machine learning may lead to the required model accuracy, often in the form of partial differential equations, to design estimation, feedback and feedforward control algorithms for enhancing the overall safety and performance of the engineered systems of the future.
The CST section is among the largest and high-impact research centres in control globally, where both fundamental and applied research are performed at the highest level. Current research lines include control and systems theory, cyber-physical systems, optimization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, systems engineering, as well as mechanical design. 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, thermal therapies, 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 mentor for tenure-track researchers, with the aim to promote teamwork and individual growth of tenure-track researchers into PIs. This position will start immediately at the tenure-track level, where the candidate will have a mentor to guide him/her to build a leading research line in her/his discipline, while at the same time has a unique opportunity to enrichen her/his research with close collaborations with researchers within the section, as well as outside within our unique ecosystem. Our vision is that high-quality research and teaching are strongly connected, and teaching activities are therefore strongly connected to the envisioned research lines.
The candidate will be given the opportunity to build a strong network to relevant partners in the Brainport area (http://brainporteindhoven.com), and a particular focus on the connection to DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, https://www.differ.nl/) regarding control challenges in fusion plasmas and renewable (solar) fuels, which is located at TU/e campus, strengthening and expanding a strong cooperation and cross fertilization between DIFFER and the CST section.
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 sophisticated industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to craft solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
The CST section has the vision that a fruitful synergy between the fields of systems and control, engineering design, and artificial intelligence will be a key enabler in taking on the future societal and industrial challenges in the fields of high-tech systems, mobility, sustainability and health. The section shows that fundamental research and education go hand in hand with societal and industrial valorization, as is demonstrated via innovative research projects directly with our industrial partners and the creation of multiple spin-off companies. Indeed, high-quality research and high-quality education are two sides of the same coin, and we educate many engineers for Dutch and international industries and universities. This vision is supported also by the success of our student teams (several times world champion robot soccer and the design of solar cars). The section has a broad funding base and a strong track record in attracting industrial funding and international collaborations, as well as personal grants.
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