Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Data-driven Control (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. With its 32,000 students and Nobel prize winning researchers, University of Groningen ranks among the top universities globally. It is situated in the vibrant capital of the northern Netherlands, Groningen.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, computer science, pharmacy and material science. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of FSE (https://www.rug.nl/research/bernoulli/). The position will be embedded in the basic unit Systems, Control and Applied Analysis of the Bernoulli Institute. The research of the Mathematics department of the institute centers around Dynamical Systems and Mathematical Physics, Algebra and Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Systems and Control, and Computational and Numerical Mathematics, keeping a balanced mix of fundamental and applied aspects. The institute participates in the FSE research theme Data Science and Systems Complexity (DSSC) and the Center on Cognitive Systems and Materials (CogniGron).

Job description

We are looking for a tenure track Assistant Professor (see The University of Groningen Career Paths in Science) in data-driven control. Whereas much research in Systems & Control Theory works under the assumption that the mathematical model of the to-be-controlled system is known, data-driven control refers to the study of controlling a system by directly using available data. The candidate for the present position should be qualified to establish extensive research activity on data-driven control that will be recognized both nationally and internationally.

You will have the following main responsibilities and tasks:

• set up and develop your own research line and research group
• supervise PhD students
• acquire external funding
• promote the societal relevance of your research
• teach in and contribute to the development of the degree programmes such mathematics participate in the teaching programme of specialized courses in relation to Systems Theory and other related topics
• contribute to the organisation of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor, 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organisational tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

• a PhD degree in mathematics or a related field
• at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of The Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD, and a relevant international network
• excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences
• a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
• demonstrable organisational competences
• cross-cultural sensitivity
• good command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

• a clearly visible expert in your field
• an inspiring leader who stimulates his or her group members to get the best out of themselves
• a team player with good communication skills
• able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
• willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
• able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 84 months.

We offer you, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, a full-time position as Assistant Professor in our faculty’s tenure track system Career Paths in Science and:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 3,637 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 5,656 gross per month (scale 12) for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a pension scheme
• maternity and parental leave
• the possibility to work part-time (0,9 FTE or 0,8 FTE)
• a mentor programme and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
• dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/

As Assistant Professor, you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g. prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an Associate Professor.

4 to 7 years after being appointed as Associate Professor, you will be assessed for promotion to the position of Full Professor. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-4?lang=en

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

• a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and a list with names of references
• a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
• a statement of your teaching goals and experience
• a description of your scientific interest and plans.

You can submit your application until 16 August 11:59pm / before 17 August 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. N.A. (Niels) Taatgen, Director Bernoulli Institute

Prof. A.J. (Arjan) van der Schaft, Head of the Systems, Control and Applied Analysis group

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220195

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence More information about the employment conditions of the University of Groningen Career Paths in Science

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