PhD on AI-Assisted Surrogate Modeling for Complex Systems

Eindhoven University of Technology
May 30, 2024
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PhD on AI-Assisted Surrogate Modeling for Complex Systems



Irène Curie Fellowship



Mathematics and Computer Science



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We are excited to offer two PhD opportunities within the EU-funded SmartEM project. SmartEM aim is to use AI-assisted methods to create surrogate models from heterogeneous data sources. The two PhD positions are focused on innovating cost-effective and maintainable modeling for complex industrial systems using AI-assisted technology.

Your role will involve creating efficient and reusable surrogate models from diverse data sources. The aim is to improve the understanding and optimization of complex industrial systems, where the current common practice is to employ very complex simulations in the design process for tuning and evaluating different design parameters. Surrogate models are simple and efficient models that could in principle replace complex and heavy simulation models. Our goal is to develop and evaluate surrogate models in an industrial setting.

You will work towards the future of industrial process simulation by blending generative and symbolic AI techniques for developing and evaluating surrogate models. Your research will include:

  • Developing generative methods to contextualize surrogate models.
  • Applying symbolic reasoning to define and analyze system components and their interactions.
  • Merging machine learning with symbolic AI to enhance system (performance) monitoring.
  • Advancing adaptive surrogate modeling to maintain alignment with actual system changes.
  • You PhD work will take place within the Interconnected Resource-aware Intelligent Systems (IRIS) cluster of the TU/e Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Your project will be tailored to your research interests and will offer collaboration with industrial partners, providing a chance to test your models in real-world scenarios.

    As a successful candidate, you will:

  • Conduct high-impact scientific research on AI-Assisted Surrogate Modeling, ensuring practical validation of your findings in the SmartEM project.
  • Contribute to publishing results at (international) conferences and journals.
  • Collaborate with the other PhDs and researchers in this project.
  • Collaborate with other groups and faculty members.
  • Collaborate with selected SmartEM project partners, attend project meetings and contribute to deliverables and project outcome.
  • Assist with educational tasks (e.g. support lab/course assignments and/or supervise (under)graduate/internships students).
  • Job requirements
  • A master's degree in Computer Science, Data Science, or a related field.
  • A strong background in machine learning (specifically deep learning) and/or symbolic reasoning.
  • Good programming skills and experience (Python, C, etc).
  • Strong analytical and implementation skills.
  • Good communicative skills and eagerness to work as part of a research team.
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and coach students.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Conditions of employment

    A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self- aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
  • Information and application

    About us

    Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. Curious to hear more about what it's like as a PhD candidate at TU/e? Please view the video


    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact the hiring manager Tanir Ozcelebi, Associate Professor, [email protected] or +31 40 247 4426.

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    We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. Your application must include:

  • Cover letter describing your motivation and qualifications for the specific position you are applying to.
  • Detailed CV including your publication list.
  • MSc and BSc transcripts
  • 2 recent recommendation letters
  • We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

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