Netherlands : 4 PhDs in Control Engineering and Smart Optics

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The Delft Centre for Systems and Control (DCSC) is currently composed of 15 academic staff members who supervise around 50 PhD students and 120 MSc students. The teaching and research field encompasses the wide area of modelling, estimation and identification, robust control and optimisation of continuous and hybrid dynamical systems. Applications include, but are not limited to, mechatronics and microsystems, robotics, sustainable industrial processes, transportation and traffic control, and physical imaging systems.


Job description

The positions are defined within the framework of the ERC Advanced grant of Prof. Michel Verhaegen entitled “Integrated Real-time Feedback Control and Post-processing for Image Restoration” (iCON). Within this project a new methodology will be developed for designing the high-resolution imaging equipment of the future in application fields like microscopy, astronomy, optical coherence tomography and nanoscopy. The design methodology integrates and expands novel, model-based control methodologies with smart optical components, starting from the outset of the design of the high-resolution imaging system. The new researchers will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team of international experts. This will allow both the realization of new, innovative, fundamental systems and control contributions as well as the opportunity to demonstrate their practical relevance via state-of-the-art demonstrators in astronomy and microscopy.

There are 4 objectives in this project. A brief outline with the starting dates for the PhD students is as follows:
Objective 1 (PhD – Feb. 2014): System identification of spatial-temporally varying dynamical systems
Objective 2 (PhD – Feb. 2014): Wavefront reconstruction and experiment design with active optics
Objective 3 (PhD and Post-doc – Jan. 2015): Distributed robust feedback control and updating for adaptive, real-time image resolution enhancement
Objective 4 (PhD and Post-doc – Jan. 2015): Integration of real-time feedback control and post-processing.


The researchers should have a strong background and interest in the development of novel systems and control algorithms. Researchers should have expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas: identification and robust control, spatial-temporal distributed systems, large-scale optimization, adaptive optics, wavefront reconstruction, image processing, optics. Candidates should have an MSc degree in one of the following areas: Mathematics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Cybernetics, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering. The candidates should have demonstrated ability to conduct high quality research according to international standards, as demonstrated by publications at international conferences or in journals. Additional experience in working in an optics lab for validation the new system theoretic developments is an asset.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with contracts of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’). 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. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Program aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 20 January 2014

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