Postdoctoral researcher on mathematical optimization

Research / Academic

As systems become more complex and multidisciplinary, design of these systems also becomes more complicated. To assist design of such systems, physical models and computational tools are needed for their analysis and optimization. Our research focus is on the development of such advanced (computational) design techniques, combined with the understanding and design of innovative mechanical devices. 

Supported by vast experience in structural optimization and modeling available in Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) with the mathematical optimization and machine learning expertise in the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC), the candidate will fuse the worlds of artificial intelligence and structural optimization. To that end, the candidate will develop, conduct, and supervise research on AI-based optimization applied to structural systems (machine learning algorithms with novel regularization techniques for scarce training data, applied to problems in structural mechanics). 

The tasks to be performed include:

  • Learning about finite element modeling and topology optimization.
  • Learning recent advances in modern convex optimization theory emerging in machine learning applications, in particular kernelized methods and distributionally robust optimization.
  • Developing new numerical algorithms by leveraging these modern tools for the problem of topology optimization.
  • Inspiring MSc and PhD students through teaching and supervision.


The applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related area with a strong background on mathematical optimization and/or machine learning. Knowledge of topology optimization (gradient-based) and finite element methods will be considered an asset, though not necessary.
  • A solid publication record.
  • A good programming experience. Most of the programming tasks will be executed in Python, but knowledge of C/C++ will be an asset.
  • Proactive, team player attitude and good communication skills. 

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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