Postdoctoral researcher positions in control for advanced manufacturing

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Job Type: Permanent

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In the Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA)  is a community of approximately 50 researchers working on the development of methods and computational tools for automation, exploring their potential for promoting our social well-being in areas such as energy systems, transportation, and industrial processes.  The postdoctoral researcher positions we are looking to fill are in the area of control and automation of industrial processes. They are supervised by Prof. John Lygeros and in collaboration with Dr. Efe Balta from Inspire AG and Prof. Alisa Rupenyan from the Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW) .

Project background

Advanced manufacturing is central to sustainable automation with high-impact opportunities in both research and society. It involves complex physical and chemical processes that need to be executed with high precision and minimal interruptions throughout a life cycle. Incorporating predictive models and advanced control using data opens up exciting new possibilities in this domain. Our research aims to develop novel methods at the intersection of advanced control, optimization, manufacturing science and machine learning, to create the next generation of sustainable automation solutions for modern manufacturing systems and supply chains.

Job description

We are looking for motivated postdoctoral researchers to contribute to this effort. The envisioned research will address: 

  • Lifelong learning and adaptation using digital twins for continuous process optimization in industrial processes, using methods such as reinforcement learning, continual learning, Bayesian optimization and adaptive control. 

  • Development of digital twin-based learning and optimization methods for manufacturing processes such as 3D Printing, laser cutting, precision motion, and robotic manipulation using methods in machine learning, federated learning and optimization.

  • For both poistions, the results will be demonstrated on real-world advanced manufacturing and robotic systems in collaboration with industrial partners, helping to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their products.

    Your goal will be to translate your own research ideas to tackle these challenges, in close collaboration with our interdisciplinary team. As part of this process, you will support our master students, publish in scientific journals, contribute to our teaching efforts, and participate in conferences. The positions are supported by the NCCR Automation and the European Project DMaaST that offer excellent opportunities for national and international collaboration with academic and industrial partners.


    You are highly motivated and dedicated with a doctoral degree in electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering. You are experienced as a researcher with an active interest in manufacturing processes and in developing automation solutions to improve their efficiency and sustainability. Programming, modelling, and data analysis skills in Python and support you in contributing to our ongoing software development efforts. Your spoken and written English skills help you navigate our international environment.



    We offer

    We are offering a multifaceted and challenging position in a modern research environment with excellent infrastructure. The ideal starting date is August 2024 with a planned duration of 2 years.

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    Curious? So are we.

    We look forward to receiving your complete online application including

    • a letter of motivation indicating with of the above positions (1-2) you are most interested in
    • CV
    • certificates and diplomas
    • contact details of two reference persons

    We exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal; applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Questions for the first position should be directed to Prof. Alisa Rupenyan ([email protected]) and for the second to Dr. Efe Balta ([email protected]); applications sent to these email addresses will not be considered.

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