TU Delft

PhD: Constraint-Based Real-Time Scheduling for Manufacturing Systems

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Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

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The NWO-funded SAM-FMS project will deliver new scheduling and co-design methods by pursuing model-driven and constraint-based synthesis approaches based on flow-shop models of manufacturing systems. The methods will be developed in close collaboration with Canon Production Printing (formerly Océ) and ESI (TNO).

Delft University of Technology offers a paid PhD position as part of the SAM-FMS project, on the topic of constraint-based real-time scheduling with application to cyber-physical systems such as contemporary manufacturing systems. The position is offered in the Algorithmics group, department of Software Technology, faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, in conjunction with the Delft Center for Systems and Control.

The position will explore a set of related questions: constraint-model learning; design-time and online constraint-model specification and optimisation; adaptive real-time scheduling; and co-design via parametric constraint-based scheduling and reinforcement learning.

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The successful candidate will work closely with internal and external partners to help achieve the SAM-FMS project objectives. Specifically, close co-operation is needed with the industrial partner, and with the Electronic Systems group of the TU Eindhoven and with the Software Science department of Radboud University Nijmegen. You will be expected to be present on-site at Canon Production Printing (Venlo, Netherlands) two days per week on average.

Candidates of any background, with expertise or strong interest in machine learning, will be considered. Your MSc degree can be in computer science, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, or other relevant field. Competence in Python is necessary and C++ is helpful. Professional fluency in English is required; fluency in Dutch is an advantage.

The preferred starting date of the four-year FTE position is September 2020.


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Informeren en solliciteren

For more information and informal enquiries, please contact Dr Neil Yorke-Smith, email: n.yorke-smith@tudelft.nl. Please do not send applications to this address.

To apply, please send a full CV and letter of motivation, both as pdf files, to vacancies-eemcs@tudelft.nl. Include the vacancy number in the subject line.

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

Uren per week: 20-40 uur per week

Salaris: € 2.325,- tot € 2.972,- per maand


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