PhD position in Data Enhanced Digital Twin Development for Process Control
The Control Systems Group at the Electrical Engineering Department in
Eindhoven University of Technology has an opening for a PHD position for 1 fte
of 4 years in the project The Heat is On (https: // ispt.eu/projects/the-heat-
The Heat is On project (https: // ispt.eu/projects/the-heat-is-on/) is
concerned with heat that is needed for energy intensive processes like
separation ad drying processes commonly used in the industries like agrofood,
paper and specialty chemicals. In these industries 40-80 % of CO2 emissions
are related to such energy intensive units. Therefore, this project aims to
reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase energy efficiency by designing
efficient separation and drying processes, applying commercially available
energy saving techniques and smart process optimization and control through
digital twins. The Heat Is On project has been developed with industrial
partners, SMEs, research institutes and universities, and is coordinated by
the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT).
This PhD position focuses on the development and application of data enriched
hybrid/surrogate model suitable for online implementation of model based
operation support technologies such as model predictive control, real time
optimization and scheduling, process monitoring (soft sensing). This will be
achieved by combining physics based models with the state of the art data
driven modeling or machine learning approaches. In this project, PhD student
will extend the state of the art in development and adaptability of hybrid
models, validate and evaluate the performance of these models on the case
studies provided by the industrial partners. It is expected that the PhD
student will collaborate with other researchers within the project and will
interact with a number of Dutch SME's, industrial partners in agrofood, paper
and specialty chemicals.
Study the existing literature in hybrid modeling and identifying potential
hybrid modeling approaches for the case studies considered.
Study the informativeness of the available historical process data
Extending the state of the art in hybrid modeling approaches while taking
into account the end use.
Application of developed hybrid models in one or two model based operation
support technologies mentioned above.
Dissemination of research results to industrial partners via workshops ,
Dissemination of research results to international peer-reviews journals
Teaching assistantship and supervision of Master, internship and bachelor
end project students
Writing a dissertation and defending it.
The research mission of the Control Systems Group is to master complexity
present in mechatronics, power systems, automotive systems and industrial
processes. The group focuses on fundamental research in model reduction,
spatial temporal systems, Lyapunov methods for real-time control and
distributed systems, and system identification. Furthermore, many industrial
projects are being carried out in the area of automotive, process control,
wireless sensor networks, power systems. The group actively participates in
the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). For more detailed
information on the activities of the group please check https:// tue.nl/cs/.
Masters Degree in Systems & Control, Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical
Engineering or in any related fields from top universities,
Having a solid background in modeling , control and applied math.
Having an affinity or willingness to gain knowledge of process systems
Proficiency in a programming language and experience in process modelling
platforms (e.g. gPROMS, Mobatech, Modelica) is desirable
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the
possibility to present your work at international conferences.
Interesting cooperation with the high-tech and process industry in- and
outside the Netherlands.
A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation
(go/no-go) after nine months.
To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on
To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your
career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have
free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF
A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy
and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with
the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus
a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can
make use of the so-called ‘30% facility', which permits you not to pay tax
on 30% of your salary.
A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical
infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse
program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
Information and application
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
dr. Leyla Özkan (l.ozkanattue.nl),
https: // www. tue.nl/en/research/researchers/leyla-ozkan/
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