Open positions

Planning and Control for Decentralized Energy Management (PhD and PostDoc)

PhD- and PostDoc-positions at the University of Twente, The Netherlands
General topic: Planning and Control for Decentralized Energy Management
Field: Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

The challenge
Since several years the chairs 'Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming' and 'Computer Architectures for Embedded Systems' of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Twente cooperate in the field of decentralized energy management. The topic of this cooperation is on using techniques and tools from ICT and Mathematics to improve the overall efficiency of energy systems. The main focus of this research is on so called smart grids, which can significantly improve the overall energy supply by matching the best possible energy generation to the requested demand over time. The group is nationally and internationally leading in this area. Both research groups participate in the research institute CTIT (Center for Telematics and Information Technology) of the University of Twente. More information on the research can be found on

We currently have several open positions at PhD- and PostDoc-level. The concrete research is on the border line between Mathematics and Computer Science and possible candidates should be willing to work in a multi-disciplinary research team.

Our offer
The PhD positions are for four years and Post-Doc positions for three years (exact starting date to be discussed). To apply, you should have an MSc degree (PhD degree for the PostDoc position) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or some closely related field and have an affinity with energy efficiency and/or computer architecture and/or optimization. Candidates should have good communication skills (in English), in writing as well as orally. The main task is to perform research, but there is also an opportunity to acquire teaching experience.

Please send your application electronically (preferably as a single pdf file) including a detailed curriculum vitae, motivation letter and transcript(s) of marks to:
Prof.dr. Johann Hurink, Gerard Smit,

For further questions regarding the position or details on the research projects, please contact Johann Hurink or Gerard Smit

The University of Twente.
We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.