Postdoc position in the project IMPERIUM (V36.3553)

Postdoc position in the project IMPERIUM

(Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
Faculteit Electrical Engineering


The Control Systems Group at the Electrical Engineering Department in Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has an opening for a Postdoc position for 1 year in the projecIMPERIUM.

Project description
IMPERIUM ( is a European research project in which the Eindhoven University of Technology cooperates with DAF (, Continental ( and other European partners. The goal of the project is to optimize fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks by exploiting preview traffic and road data. Some of the preview data, such as legal speed limits, traffic flow, road curvature and gradient, is obtained from an Electronic Horizon Unit (developed by Continental), while additional preview data about the surrounding traffic can be obtained from onboard vehicle sensors, such as radar.

The research goal is to develop scalable algorithms for optimizing the truck fuel efficiency. The algorithms should use the preview data and current velocity/driving mode as input and should determine the optimal velocity and driving mode over a distance horizon in the future. The underlying fundamental theory of optimal control, dynamic programming and model predictive control, in combination with vehicle dynamics and parameter estimation techniques will be utilized to design the algorithms. The resulting algorithms need to be applicable for both standard and hybrid trucks, they need to be real-time compatible with the DAF automotive ECUs and should achieve the targeted fuel improvement.

The post-doc position is for 12 months, with a possible extension for another 12 months, and the work is going to be executed at TU/e, while collaborating with DAF and Continental. In particular, there will be a close co-operation with DAF regarding the algorithm development and validation on a prototype DAF truck.

Project supervision and host
The project supervision will be provided by Dr. Mircea Lazar (Control Systems) and Dr. John Kessels (DAF). The Postdoc research will be hosted by the Control Systems group (, within the Electrical Engineering Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. The Control Systems group is one of the leading groups in control and systems theory in the Netherlands and its staff members are well known researchers worldwide on various domains (Systems identification, Model predictive control, Linear parameter varying systems, Energy management, Spatial temporal systems, Stability theory). The CS group focuses on four main application domains: high-tech systems, energy, automotive and process control. The group actively participates in the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).                                                                                                                                


We are looking for an enthusiastic PD candidate who has recently obtained the PhD title on a similar topic or has good expertise in optimal control/model predictive control, vehicle dynamics and coding of control algorithms. The candidate should be able to communicate fluently in English and contribute to shared CS tasks (supervision of students, assistance with teaching, assistance with grant proposals).


As an employee of the Eindhoven University of Technology, you will receive a competitive salary according to the Dutch salary scale for PostDocs, as well as excellent employment conditions.  The TU/e offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.

Informatie en sollicitatie


If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following:

  • A  letter of motivation and portfolio with relevant work.
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position.
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and key achievements in research project(s)).
  • Contact information of two references.
  • Copies of diplomas with course grades.

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