PROFESSOR IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR HUMAN-CENTERED APPLICATIONS

17 August 2021

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For more information on the contents of the job, please contact Prof. dr. ir. Georges Gielen, Department Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering (georges.gielen@kuleuven.be, +32 16 32 40 76) or Prof. dr. ir. Wim Dewulf, Campus Chair of Group T Leuven Campus (wim.dewulf@kuleuven.be, +32 16 37 28 81).For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.
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In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), Research Unit ESAT-STADIUS there is a full-time academic vacancy in the area of “Control Systems for Human-Centered Applications” on Group T Leuven Campus. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field of electrical engineering.

ESAT-STADIUS (STADIUS Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics) (www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/) is a Research Unit in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) (www.esat.kuleuven.be) of KU Leuven (www.kuleuven.be), joining the research and educational activities of 14 professors and over 90 PhD and postdoctoral researchers.

Academic research in ESAT-STADIUS is focused on mathematical engineering, where mathematical tools from numerical linear and multi-linear algebra, statistics and optimization are used for applications of dynamical systems and control, signal processing, data modeling and analytics. ESAT-STADIUS offers recognized expertise in diverse application fields such as industrial automation, audio and speech communication, digital communication, biomedical signal and data processing, and bio-informatics.

ESAT-STADIUS attracts competitive research funding through regional, national and European funding channels, such as the European Research Council ERC (www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/projects.php). In addition, ESAT-STADIUS has a large number of collaborative projects with industry, which has also resulted in several spin-off companies (www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/spinoffs.php).

The eMedia Research Lab (https://iiw.kuleuven.be/onderzoek/emedia) is a cross-departmental research lab located at Group T Leuven Campus and consisting of researchers from the ESAT-STADIUS Research Unit and from the Human-Computer Interaction Research Unit (belonging to the Department of Computer Science). The eMedia Research Lab investigates, develops and implements novel techniques to enhance the human condition with embodied media. The systems investigated contain sensors that capture input from a human user or information from the environment, algorithms that analyze these data, and intelligent systems with actuators that generate meaningful output. Central to the research questions explored is how humans will perceive this output, and how they respond to it. Applications are found in the domain of healthcare, learning, arts and entertainment. The research topics related to the ESAT-STADIUS members of the eMedia Research Lab consist of embedded system design, audio engineering, signal processing, machine learning and biomedical data analysis.Website unit

Duties
Research

Control systems have had a tremendous impact in diverse engineering domains and application areas. The design and implementation of control systems relies on various scientific disciplines including mathematical modeling, signals and systems theory, electrical engineering, and sensor and actuator design. The focus of this position is on the design and implementation of human-centered control systems. This includes human-in-the-loop control systems in which either the plant or the controller involves human interaction, as well as control systems of which the design criterion relies on (models of) human perception, behavior and/or physiology.We welcome applications from candidates who have the potential to set up an innovative and internationally oriented research program on human-centered control systems. A maximal synergy with the available research expertise at ESAT-STADIUS (mathematical modeling, systems theory, signal processing) and at the e-Media Research Lab (human-centered systems for health care, learning, arts and entertainment) should be targeted in the candidate's research program.You publish at the highest scientific level, acquire competitive research funding, and supervise PhD projects at an international level. You endorse the international research strategy and contribute to the further strengthening of the scientific reputation of ESAT-STADIUS and the e-Media Research Lab by taking a key role in the network of scientific and international collaborations in the aforementioned research domain.

Education

You provide high-quality education in the Bachelor and/or Master program of the KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Technology, with a clear commitment to the quality of the program as a whole. You also contribute to the pedagogical project of the faculty/university through the supervision of master's theses and as supervisor of PhD candidates.Your teaching duties may include generic engineering courses in the first/second stage of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology program (e.g., Mathematical Modelling, Electronics) as well as courses in the Electronics Engineering specialisation of the Bachelor/Master of Engineering Technology program (e.g., Systems and Control Theory, Sensors and Actuators). You have an outspoken interest in next-generation engineering education and are willing to evolve throughout your career towards substantial educational engagements.You develop your teaching in accordance with the vision of KU Leuven on activating, blended and research-based education and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.

Service

Next to research and teaching, we value service to the scientific community (e.g., by carrying out editorial and peer review work and organising dissemination events), service to society (e.g., by participating in outreach events and societal debate), service to industry (e.g., through valorisation-oriented consultancy projects) and service to the university (e.g., by taking an active role and responsibility in internal committees).

Profile
  • You have a PhD in a relevant engineering discipline (Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Control Engineering) or an equivalent degree.
  • You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in international journals and conferences and through international research experience.
  • You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
  • You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
  • The official language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.
Offer

We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard we actively work together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provide our students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor. KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, … To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.