Postdoc in Learning and Optimization in Process Control (1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Jun 2021


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage currently more than 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and the top 100 universities in the world (see our ranking:

), the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) conducts engineering science research and covers a broad area of mechanical engineering, control engineering, materials engineering, and (bio)chemical engineering.

The research unit Optimization and Decision Systems (ODS) is focused on the optimization and decision systems as cross-disciplinary areas intersecting Operations Research Engineering, Systems and Control Engineering, Computational Social Science and Quantitative Economics. Among the goals of this research group is the one of developing and supporting novel engineering methods based on optimization, systems and control, and game theory to incentivise cooperation among selfish decision-makers in engineering applications. For more information about the ODS group, please use the following link:

The research unit Discrete Technology and Production Automation (DTPA) is focused on the dynamical modeling, analysis, mechatronics and control of complex electro-mechanical systems. The application areas include smart energy systems, mechatronic systems, robotic systems, as well as, multi-agent autonomous systems. For more information about the DTPA group, please use the following link:

Job description

Project description

In this project, the postdoc will work on the development and deployment of learning and optimization algorithm for the control and optimization of complex process systems. The project is part of the Heat is On project (


In the agrofood, paper and specialty chemicals industries, 40 to 80 % of CO2 emissions is related to heat driven processes. By developing and implementing an innovative process design for dewatering, drying and heat integration, the recently granted industry driven innovation program The Heat is On will reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase energy efficiency. This leads to more than 3,0Mton CO2-reduction in 2030.

Within The Heat Is On ( ) partners in the agrofood, paper and specialty chemical industries collaborate to increase process efficiency through optimizing separation and drying processes and to increase the heat upgrading potential. Digital twinning, making an exact digital copy of a process, is used for smart process optimization and control. The Heat Is On has been developed with industrial partners, SMEs, research institutes and universities, and is coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT).

Job description
In this advert, we will hire a postdoc who will focus on the development of learning and optimization algorithm that combines model-based methods and AI approaches in the analysis, control and optimization of complex process systems. It is expected that the postdoc will collaborate with other PhD students within Heat is On project and work together with a number of industrial partners in the Dutch agrofood, paper and specialty chemical industries. The postdoc appointment is for two and half years.


You have:

• a PhD degree in Systems & Control, in Process Control, in Optimization, or in related fields from top universities
• strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency
• strong knowledge in systems, control and optimization.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 3,353 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 4,402 gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
• a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another one and half year. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year. The position requires residence in Groningen.

The preferred starting date is as soon as possible


For information you can contact:

Prof. Bayu Jayawardhana,

Prof. A. Purushothaman Vellayani,

Dr A. Cherukuri,

(please do not use the email addresses above for applications)

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