PhD Position Learning and Control (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University of Groningen is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The candidate will be embedded at the Engineering Technology Institute of the University of Groningen (ENTEG). ENTEG research is highly multidisciplinary in nature and focuses on both fundamental and applied research. According to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021, Automation and Control Engineering at the University of Groningen is ranked 3rd in Europe and 15th worldwide. The candidate will be a member of Control Engineering group chaired by Prof. Claudio De Persis.

Job description

A PhD position financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research Perspectief programme on Digital Twins is available at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof. Claudio De Persis.

The aim of this project is to develop the theoretical foundations and the key-enabling technologies for the integration of data-driven control-oriented learning approaches and model-based engineering methods. The results will be tested on real-world problems proposed by industrial partners.

Apart from the research project, the candidate is expected to contribute (~10% of total workload) to the teaching and supervision of bachelor and master students.


We are looking for candidates with a master degree in Control Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. (Candidates who expect to receive their msciscieaster degree within the next few months are also eligible to apply).

Good verbal and written communication skills in English are mandatory.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

The University of Groningen offers, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for 4 years
• a salary of € 2,395 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a position for four years; first, you will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected.

Job Application

Are you interested in this position and meet the qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

• a statement of motivation, listing down relevant research experience (max 1 page)
• curriculum vitae
• transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree
• any other relevant documents (e.g., awards, publications, language skills/certification).

You can submit your application until 5 July 11:59pm / before 6 July 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis before the deadline and only candidates who meet the profile will be contacted for an interview.

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), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Claudio De Persis

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221372

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