The Department of Automatic Control at KTH conducts fundamental and applied research in system identification, control, machine learning and optimization of dynamical systems, with applications in autonomous systems, process control, systems biology, wireless networks and secure systems. The department is internationally well established, has many research collaborations with excellent partners worldwide, and is involved in several European and national projects. Industrial projects involve partners such as ABB Corporate Research, ABB Process Automation, BillerudKorsnäs, Ericsson Research, and Scania. We have a large academic network and collaborate with researchers at MIT, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Stanford, TU Eindhoven, and Université de Lyon among others. Automation and Control at KTH was ranked 12 in the world in the latest Shanghai ranking.

We now have an open postdoc position within model based optimization and control of continuous bioprocesses based on mammalian cells. The position is associated with the newly established Center for Advanced Bioproduction AdBioPro. It involves developing methodologies for mechanistic macroscopic metabolic modeling, parameter estimation and experiment design, and optimization and control of cell metabolism in perfusion processes. The project will be run in close collaboration with the School of Biotechnology at KTH, hosting extensive laboratory facilities, and our industrial partners, with the ultimate objective to verify methodologies in an industrial setting.  We primarily seek candidates with a background in modeling of reaction networks, parameter estimation, off- and on-line optimization (MPC), and preferably with experience of applications in bioproduction.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or be near Ph.D. defense, in Control Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology. The candidate should have a strong background from at least one of the areas bioprocess modeling, system identification or Model Predictive Control, and experience from at least one more of these areas.

The successful applicant should have an outstanding research and publication record. Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills are a requirement. We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently. Good command of English orally and in writing is required to present and publish research results.

Please contact Prof Elling W. Jacobsen, [log in to unmask], or Prof Håkan Hjalmarsson, [log in to unmask] if you are interested.

Deadline for applications is Jan 15 2018.


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Elling W. Jacobsen
Professor of Automatic Control

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Automatic Control
Osquldas väg 10, floor 6, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 790 7325, email: [log in to unmask]