PhD Position in Fault and Cyber-attack Tolerance for Distributed Systems

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in mechanical engineering. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC), established in 2003, coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at the Delft University of Technology.

The available infrastructure includes many experimental and professional robotics platforms, ranging from legged and wheeled mobile robots to advanced manipulators and humanoids. Especially relevant for this position is the Delft distributed robotics laboratory, featuring several wheeled and spherical robots and a Flex3 camera-based localisation system, backed by a state-of-the-art multi-processor, multi-machine computer cluster for running extensive simulations. A complete software infrastructure is available, including mathematical and engineering packages The successful candidate will carry out research in support of Dr. Ferrari, aiming to make distributed systems, such as critical infrastructures or formations of cooperative self-driving cars, robust to faults or cyber-attacks that could affect one or more subsystem or vehicle. The PhD student will develop model-based algorithms capable of detecting and isolating faults or cyber-attacks, as well as accommodation techniques. Research topics will include, for instance, probabilistic methods for designing detection thresholds, watermarking or encryption techniques, uncertainty propagation in large nonlinear systems and privacy issues between parties participating to the distributed scheme. There will be the possibility to test such algorithms on a multi-robot setup in our laboratories.

The applicant should have obtained a M.Sc. degree in a field related to the project, such as electrical or electronics engineering, systems & control, mechanical engineering or computer science. A good command of the English language is required. Candidates with a background in fault diagnosis, multi-robots formations or distributed (parameters)-systems are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates actually in the process of obtaining their M.Sc. degree can be considered subjected to the condition of having completed it no later than the agreed starting date.

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 for more information.

Please send your application including a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of courses with grades, and contactinformation for two academic references to Dr. Riccardo Ferrari ( Dr. Ferrari can also be contacted for more information about this vacancy. The deadline for ensuring full consideration of an application is31 October 2018, but the position will remain open until filled.


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