PhD on Data-driven Game-theoretic Control for Complex Systems of Systems

Delft University of Technology


PhD: Data-driven Game-theoretic Control for Complex Systems of Systems


Department/faculty: Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

Level: University Graduate

Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly

Contract: temporary

Salary: 2266 - 2897 euros monthly (full-time basis)


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering


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 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.

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Job description


We are looking for a talented, outstanding PhD candidate with an M.Sc. degree (or close to completion) in Systems and Control, or Applied Mathematics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or related field, with theoretical background and/or interest in System Theory, Automatic Control, Optimization, Game Theory, and with good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).

The candidate will conduct theoretical and algorithmic research on complex multi-agent systems populated by strategic agents. The research will develop and build upon tools from game theory, monotone and fixed-point operator theory and deep learning. The main application areas are distributed control for smart power grids and multi-vehicle automated driving.

The position is in the context of the research project “Game theoretic Control for Complex Systems of Systems” (COSMOS), funded by the European Research Council as ERC Starting Grant.




The candidates should possess or be close to completing an M.Sc. degree in Systems and Control, or Applied Mathematics, Electrical or Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or related field, with good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).


Conditions of employment


The 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.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.      


Information and application


For more information about this position, please contact Sergio Grammatico, associate professor, via e-mail:


Applications shall include the following documents:

    • curriculum vitae;


    • statement of motivation and research interests (up to one page);


    • transcripts of all exams taken and obtained degrees (in English);


    • names and contact information of up to three references (e.g. project/thesis supervisors);


    • up to 3 research-oriented documents (e.g. thesis, conference/journal publication).

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE19-80. Applications shall be emailed to prof. Sergio Grammatico ( and  cc to The call for applications will remain open until the ideal candidate is found. The starting date is flexible.

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