Assistant Professor Nonlinear and Adaptive Systems and Control

Delft University of Technology



The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits. 

The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty 3mE, 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, robotics and transportation systems. For more information:

Job Description

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, announces an open position for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the broad field of Nonlinear and Adaptive Systems and Control. 

Domain of Research
The research area of the position will be oriented towards fundamental topics in one or more of the following fields:

    • adaptive control of nonlinear systems and/or hybrid systems
    • analysis and control of networks with nonlinear or hybrid dynamics
    • integrated model-based and learning-based control
    • big data methods for systems and control
    • nonlinear time-delay systems
    • mixed human-machine decision making. 

Prospective research activities involve the development of systematic and computationally efficient modeling, analysis, control, and/or verification methods within the topics listed above. 

In addition, within this position applications of the developed fundamental methods should be targeted towards application fields that could either connect to current application fields at DCSC, such as road and freeway networks, transportation systems, smart power grids, smart energy systems, water distribution networks, robotics, renewable energy, smart buildings, social and biological networks, or that could focus on a completely new field within DCSC that is related to the current research fields of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (see  

Job Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in systems and control, computer science, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, operations research, or informatics, and with an extensive expertise in the topic of the position as well as the broad field of systems and control. The candidate should preferably have at least 1 year of postdoc experience. She/he should already have gained an international reputation in her/his field of research and also have a proven track record in conducting innovative fundamental research, demonstrated by the ability to publish in leading international journals. She/he is expected to develop her/his own line of research and to establish cooperation with other groups at the university, national, and international level.

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. International applicants must be willing to acquire knowledge of the Dutch language.

Terms of Employment

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. The section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.

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.
TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. Inspiring, excellent education is one of our central aims. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Inform and Apply

For more detailed information on the position, please contact Professor Bart De Schutter at

Applicants should submit their letter of application along with a curriculum vitae or resume, a personal research and teaching statement, as well as a list of publications, electronic copies of three key publications, and the names and email addresses of three referees, via email to attn. Ms Irina Bruckner of the HR department. All these items should be combined in one PDF document. When applying, make sure to mention the vacancy number: 3mE19-30.

The application deadline for the position is July 1, 2019. However, the position will stay open until a suitable candidate has been found.

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