Postdoc in control engineering hos University of Southern Denmark

SDU Mechatronics and the Centre of Industrial Mechanics, part of the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, invites applications for a position as postdoctoral researcher in control engineering. Starting date is November 2022.

Workplace description

The Department of Mechanical and Electrical engineering covers research and education spanning from fundamentals to applications of engineering science. All our courses are taught in English reflecting the fact that more than half our students and staff are internationals. The Centre for Industrial Mechanics is located at SDU's beautiful campus in Sønderborg, in the inspiring building of Alsion, which is a center for science, culture and learning in the heart of Sønderborg and perched on the strait of water separating the island of Als from the mainland. The university has very relations to the industry in Sønderborg, Southern Denmark and Northern Germany. A significant fraction of the projects in the center are conducted in cooperation with the industry, which count world leading companies in growing fields such as e-mobility, automation, climate solutions and energy efficiency.
At SDU Mechatronics, research, education, and innovation are performed in teams of scientists and support staff with competences spanning a wide range of fields including applied cyber-physical systems, advanced mechanical systems, modelling and mechatronic prototyping.

Your profile

To complement our team, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the Intelligent Control Group with expertise in Applied Nonlinear Control. In addition, experience in two or more of the following fields is preferred:
  • Adaptive control,
  • Lyapunov-based techniques and sliding-mode control,
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control of autonomous vehicles,
  • Nonlinear deterministic observers and their applications.

The ideal candidate has extensive experience with:
  • MATLAB/Simulink programming,
  • Implementation of control algorithms on physical experiments,
  • Programming of IO boards (STM32, Pixhawk, BeagleBone, etc.)
  • Nonlinear control.

The candidate is expected to perform research work on externally funded projects as well as contribute with control engineering-related teaching activities.
The candidate must have:
  • PhD in a relevant discipline (Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or any other relevant Engineering discipline),
  • Strong track record in research and development,
  • Very good communication skills in English.

Contact information

For further information, please visit and and contact Associate Professor Lars Duggen, Head of Centre for Industrial Mechanics, tel. +45 6550 1640, e-mail: or Associate Professor Jerome Jouffroy, PI of the Intelligent Control Group, tel. +45 2750 1476, email:

Conditions of employment

Employment is a two-year temporary position as postdoc. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the period. However, given appropriate finances, the possibility for contract extension is available depending on the candidate’s performance.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur.
The faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

Reference letter

You should state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information.

Application procedure

The faculty expects applicants to read How to apply before applying.
The application must be in English and must include:
  • Detailed CV including list of publications, awards, with potential start date,
  • A description of your vision and your research plan on the field of this post (a high quality one-page A4 document). This document will be a key element for the decision process towards recruitment,
  • Motivation letter,
  • E-mail and contact information for at least two references,
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and PhD).

The application deadline is September 1st, 2022.
Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the faculty. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. An interview will be part of the assessment process with selected candidates. Once the recruitment process is completed, a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.
Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.


The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.
Further information about The Faculty of Engineering. Sønderborg

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