PhD position Distributed coordination of autonomous agents in complex network

Organisation
University of Groningen



Department
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Department of Discrete Technology and Production Automation (DTPA, http://www.rug.nl/research/discrete-technology-production-automation/) at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, provides a leading education and research environment for students and researchers who are interested in the inter-disciplinary study in engineering, computer science, mathematics and applied sciences in general. The research activities at DTPA focus on developing quantitative and analytical theories and methodologies for complex industrial processes and systems, such as autonomous robots, sensor networks, micro-assemblies, energy systems and space systems. The research of the group is funded by both public agencies and industrial partners.

Job description
This PhD project is funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim is to study how to design novel strategies and algorithms to coordinate large numbers of autonomous agents coupled together through local interactions.

Requirements
Applicants should have a master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: electrical or mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or applied physics. It is desirable for the applicants to have solid knowledge about systems and control theory or network theory.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 48 months.
The University of Groningen offers a minimum salary of € 2,191 gross a month in the first year to a maximum of € 2,801 gross a month in the final year, based on a fulltime position (1.0 fte). The position is limited to a period of 4 years. The first year constitutes a probationary period, with an evaluation of the candidate’s performance after the first year. The objective of this evaluation is to establish whether the candidate will be able to finish a PhD thesis in the remaining three years. If the performance evaluation is positive, the candidate’s contract will be extended by another 3 years, for a total of 4 years. The position will start in 2017. Application You may apply for this position until 20 November / before 21 November 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applicants must submit the following materials: - curriculum vitae - transcripts - list of two references. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 2801.


Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. Ming Cao
ming.cao@ieee.org

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216285
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