• 3 PhD + 2 PostDoc positions: Game theoretic Control, Complex Systems of Systems, Operator Theory

I am looking for 3 talented, outstanding PhD candidates with an M.Sc. degree (or close to completion) and 2 talentedoutstanding research fellows with a Ph.D. degree  (or close to completion) in Systems and Control, or Applied Mathematics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or related field, with theoretical background and/or interest in System Theory, Automatic Control, OptimizationGame Theory, and with good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required). Expertise in hybrid systems and mixed-integer optimization is appreciated.


General project description: The candidates will conduct theoretical and algorithmic research on complex multi-agent systems characterized by the presence of: (i) mixed cooperative and noncooperative agents; (ii) uncertain and stochastic variables; (iii) mixed-integer decision variables. The research will develop and build upon tools from game theory, monotone and fixed-point operator theory, statistical learning, distributed optimization and control. The main application areas are distributed control for smart power grids and multi-vehicle automated driving.


The positions are in the context of the research projects "Complex Network Games: The Scenario Approach" (OMEGA), funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) as NWO TOP grant in Mathematics, and "Game theoretic Control for Complex Systems of Systems" (COSMOS), funded by the European Research Council (ERC) as ERC Starting Grant.

Conditions of employment

The PhD appointments will be for 4 years. The PhD students will participate in the training and research activities of the TU Delft Graduate School and of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). The PhD students will receive a competitive salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for   Dutch Universities (CAO), from 2.2k EUR/month (gross, 1st year) to 2.8k EUR/month (gross, 4th year), possibly from 1.7k EUR/month (after taxes, 1st year) to 2.0k EUR/month (after taxes, 4th year), plus holiday allowance (8% of gross annual income) and end-of-year allowance (8.3% of gross annual income), travel budget, secondary benefits, discounts for health insurance and sport membership. 

The PostDoc appointments will be for 3 years. The research fellows will receive a competitive salary in accordance with the CAO, of about 3.2k EUR/month gross, possibly from 2.5k EUR/month after taxes, plus holiday allowance (8% of gross annual income) and end-of-year allowance (8.3% of gross annual income), travel budget, secondary benefits, discounts for health insurance and sport membership. Assistance with accommodation can be arranged.

Applications shall include the following documents: 

  • curriculum vitae; 
  • statement of motivation and research interests (up to one page);
  • transcripts of all exams taken and obtained degrees (in English);
  • names and contact information of up to three references (e.g. project/thesis supervisors);
  • up to 3 research-oriented documents (e.g. thesis, conference/journal publication).


Applications or inquires shall be emailed to prof. Sergio Grammatico (s.grammatico@tudelft.nl).

The call for applications will remain open until the ideal candidate is found. The starting dates are flexible.


I am continuously looking for motivated, talented, outstanding PhD students and PostDoc research fellows with strong Mathematical background in the areas of Systems and Control, Game Theory and Optimization. If you are interested in joining my research group, please send me an email with your CV, transcript of bachelor and master courses, a statement of research interests, and a list of reference contacts.