• Published on 27 Nov 2015
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15 PhD positions in Horizon 2020 Marie Curie European Training Network oCPS - Platform-aware Model-driven Optimization of Cyber-Physical Systems

15 PhD positions are available in the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks and European Training Networks (ITN-ETN) program oCPS (Platform-aware Model-driven Optimization of Cyber-Physical Systems) in a multidisciplinary doctoral program.

Many modern industrial systems fall in the realm of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) because of the tight interaction between computation, communication and control elements (the cyber part), and physical processes such as motion, heating/cooling, vibration, wear and tear (the physical part) within these systems. The key scientific objective of the oCPS program is to enable the design of a new generation of cost-effective, quality-driven and reliable CPS by developing model-driven design methods that capture the interaction between different models at various design layers, that take into account physical constraints and processes, and that introduce awareness of the hardware/software implementation platform at all levels.


The program aims to train a generation of young researchers in cross-disciplinary thinking and deliver industrially validated engineering tool chains. We bring together the state of the practice through key industrial players, including SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises), and the state of the art through top universities and research institutes across Europe: Intel (NL), Philips Medical Systems bv (NL), Technolution (NL), INCHRON GmbH (DE), Imsys AB (SE), ODYS S.r.l. (IT), TNO (NL), Ericsson (SE), Scania (SE), Siemens (DE), Eindhoven University of Technology (NL), Technische Universität München (DE), Technische Universität Dortmund (DE), Royal Institute of Technology (SE), University of Ulm (DE), IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (IT), Vienna Institute of Technology (AT), Fortiss GmbH (DE).

oCPS will offer an excellent multidisciplinary training program through personal career development plans for each PhD student to train scientific, personal and transferable skills. Quality of supervision will be ensured by a co-supervision system. Each PhD student will do two secondments at other oCPS participants; at least one of these will be industrial. The graduates will become the architects of CPS application domains such as robotics, healthcare systems, automotive systems, energy systems, low-power imaging and industrial automation. 15 different PhD projects are available:

• (ESR1) Co-design of Control and Streaming Applications Considering Tradeoffs between Quality-of-Control (QoC) and Quality-of-Service (QoS)
• (ESR2) Resource-aware control: An Approximate Dynamic Programming Approach
• (ESR3) Model-based Engineering of Supervisory Control for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
• (ESR4) Low-power Imaging
• (ESR5) Model-based Management of Evolvable Execution Architectures
• (ESR6) Platform-aware Multilanguage Environments for Specification and Analysis of Control Applications
• (ESR7) Memory Architecture-aware Embedded Control Systems Design
• (ESR8) Large-scale Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) with Resource Constraints
• (ESR9) Timing Analysis for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
• (ESR10) Model-based Synthesis of Adaptive and Trustworthy Control Software
• (ESR11) Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) design using partial models of different scope and level of detail
• (ESR12) Distributed Control of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) with Platooning Applications
• (ESR13) Model-based Architecting and tool support for concurrent engineering of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
• (ESR14) Software Synthesis for Power/Energy Constrained Applications
• (ESR15) Industrial Embedded Model Predictive Control (MPC)

Nr of positions available : 15

Research Fields

Computer science - Other

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate) 

Research Profiles

First Stage Researcher (R1) 


The selected candidates will be employed by the organisations hosting the fifteen PhD projects within the oCPS European Training Network and receive salary and benefits, for three years, at the rates stipulated by the European Commission for Marie Curie researchers. The selected candidates will be employed via full employment contracts with the respective organisations, carrying social benefits such as pension and social security, but also subject to normal taxes. Their income will consist of:
• a living allowance 
• mobility allowance
• family allowance (only if applicable)

For further information go to this website.