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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Optimal Control of Thermofluids Networks

Research / Academic
Delft

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) is aiming to strengthen, expand, and renew its international competences through new strategic recruitments sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. We are looking for excellent candidates with a proven track record of ground breaking scientific research, a challenging and innovative research program, and a commitment to higher education.

As part of this initiative, we are offering a tenure-track assistant professor position for a period of 6 years, leading to a permanent position assuming excellent performance. During the tenure track, the candidate will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognized academic. To this aim, we offer a structured career and personal development program.

Focus areas

This new position is intended to bridge the fields of control systems and thermofluids fundamentals by complementing existing research efforts at the department, and serving as a research liaison with the Process and Energy Department of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. Potential application areas include (but are not limited to) district heating/cooling networks. The matching between (intermittent) heat sources with different temperature levels and consumers will play an important role in the energy transition. System integration poses a fundamental challenge, where thermal storage is envisioned to balance heat and electricity grids. This is a complex optimization problem that requires novel control approaches incorporating the underlying turbulent fluid flow and related nonlinear heat transfer processes.

Preferred expertise includes (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Model reduction, optimization, control, and monitoring of nonlinear distributed parameter systems
  • Stabilization, delay compensation, and control of infinite-dimensional systems modelled by coupled/networked PDEs
  • Real-time optimization by extremum seeking control
  • Fluid/thermal flow dynamics, instabilities, fluid networks, magneto-hydrodynamics
  • Applications of novel approaches in control/modeling of turbulent fluid flow and heat transfer, topology design and optimal control of heat networks, multiscale process systems.

The successful candidate will be part of the Networked Cyber-Physical Systems section at DCSC, whose research efforts are aimed at improving our understanding and control of cyber-physical systems composed of a large number of interconnected and embedded components. Such networks of systems contain a huge number of sensors and actuators that generate a tremendous amount of data to be processed in real-time in order to increase the autonomy of the participating entities, or accomplish a high level of automation. 

Department

The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Centers' research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in physical imaging systems, renewable energy, robotics and transportation systems.

Requirements:

We are looking for candidates with a research profile that complements and/or expands our current activities. In particular, we are looking for candidates with a PhD degree in systems and control, computer science, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or informatics, and with an extensive expertise in the topics defined above as well as the broad field of systems and control. The candidate should already have gained an international reputation in her/his field of research and also has a proven track record in conducting innovative fundamental research, demonstrated by the ability to publish in leading international journals.

The candidate should also have the didactic abilities for teaching systems and control courses at the BSc, MSc, and postgraduate level, and for supervising MSc projects. A good command of English is an essential requirement.

Salary Benefits:

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Work Hours:

32 - 38 hours per week

Address:

Mekelweg 2