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Postdoc position – Model Predictive Control (MPC) / Reinforcement Learning, NTNU, Norway 2022

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

We have a vacancy for a Postdoc position at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK) at NTNU – Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 years
Salary: NOK 553 500 per annum

Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • You must have completed a doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD degree
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in MPC, Reinforcement Learning, optimization, data-driven techniques and statistics.
  • You must have excellent levels in academic writing, and a strong capability at writing solid research papers (structure, style, clarity, etc.)

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • You should have a strong interest in learning and performing the tasks of a more senior academic position, i.e. supervising PhD students and MSc students, developing publications with these students, organizing the research, writing research applications.
  • A strong level in mathematics is desirable.
  • Solid coding skills are desirable (Python, Julia, C, Matlab, etc)

Personal characteristics

•    A team-oriented and collaborative mindset is preferred
•    Analytic reasoning
•    Strategic thinking, creative and resourceful

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Postdoc in this position will:

  • Help managing the work of the research group of Prof. Sebastien Gros. He / she will be involved in the research and preparation of the group publications. The group currently involves 6 PhD students and another postdoc. The research of the group is focusing on Model Predictive Control (MPC) under uncertainties, learning for MPC, and Reinforcement Learning. The applied research of the group includes the control of autonomous vehicles and the optimization of smart buildings.
  • Develop his / her own research and publish scientific articles preferably in line with the interests of the group.
  • Help developing new research proposals for funding acquisition.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: 2022/807
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Research plan
  • Name and address of three referees

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. 

About the position

The postdoc position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The Postdoc in this position will be responsible for managing a group of PhD students (6 students), developing his/her own research, and developing new research funding applications. The position will provide a solid experience for higher-level academic positions.

You will report to Prof. Sebastien Gros (Head of Department)

About the Department

Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK)

Engineering cybernetics is the study of automatic control and monitoring of dynamic systems. We develop the technologies of tomorrow through close cooperation with industry and academia, both in Norway and internationally. The Department contributes to the digitalization, automation and robotization of society. The Department of Engineering Cybernetics is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 553 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is of 2 years.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2022/807 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Prof. Sebastien Gros:

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