PhD Studentship: Integrating models and real-time data for zero-defect manufacturing control systems

University of Groningen - Engineering and Technology institute Groningen


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage currently more than 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and the top 100 universities in the world (see our ranking:, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) conducts engineering science research and covers a broad area of mechanical engineering, control engineering, materials engineering, and (bio)chemical engineering. The research unit Discrete Technology and Production Automation (DTPA) is focused on the dynamical modeling, analysis, mechatronics and control of complex electro-mechanical systems. The application areas include smart energy systems, mechatronic systems, robotic systems, as well as, multi-agent autonomous systems. For more information about the APE group please use the following link:

Job description

PhD advertisement of STW Smart Industry 2016 project on "Integrating models and real-time data for zero-defect manufacturing control systems".

Project description:
High-precision manufacturing pushes the limits of what is possible with conventional manufacturing systems. The development of the new generation of high-precision manufacturing systems relies on detailed understanding of the process disturbances which cause variation in the end product. This project aims at developing models for control of manufacturing processes which can be used for interpreting small variations in the process due to product-to-product disturbances. Such accurate and mature models can only be developed through integration of knowledge from high-fidelity physics-based models with knowledge obtained from large streams of sensor data. Integration of models and sensor data is key for the development of novel data analytic tools providing crucial causal information to the product-to-product variations which can subsequently be used by our novel data-driven control systems to pre-empt and to remove such variations in real-time.

The research consortium comprises of two universities (University of Groningen and University Twente) and seven small-medium and large companies. In total, the project has four vacancies (two PhD students and two postdocs) with the following two main research activities: (R1) The development of model-based data analytics tools for inferring / obtaining accurate and mature models which are applicable for control of high-precision manufacturing systems; and (R2) The development of new provably-correct control design mechanisms towards a self-learning control architecture based on the integration of process models and real-time material, process and product information.

Position description:
In this advert, we will hire one PhD student who will focus on research activity (R2). In particular, he/she will develop novel integrated data-driven & model-based control algorithm that enables the integration of models and real-time process data for enabling zero-defect manufacturing systems. The PhD appointment is for four years. The PhD candidate has to complete the graduate courses offered by the Dutch Institute for Systems and Control (DISC -


You have:

  • a master’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, or Mechatronics, or Computer Science, or other equivalent degree programme from top universities
  • strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency
  • strong knowledge in systems and control, mechatronics and mathematics.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,222 gross per month in the first year (salary scale PhD students Dutch Universities), up to a maximum of € 2,840 gross per month in the final year, based on a full-time position, excluding a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and a 8.3% end-of-year allowance. The position requires residence in Groningen and must result in a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected.


Applications, including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if any), transcript of master and bachelor degrees, and the contact information of two academic referees, can be submitted until 18 December 23:59 h / before 19 December 2017 by means of the application form, see:

The vacancy remains open until position is filled.

The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. B Jayawardhana, (please do not use for applications)
Dr P. Tesi, (please do not use for applications)

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