Postdoc in the research project "Approximation Algorithms, Quantum Information and Semidefinite Optimization"

The research project “Approximation algorithms, quantum information and semidefinite optimization” aims to explore the limits of efficient computation within classical and quantum computing, using semidefinite optimization as a main unifying tool. The position involves research into the mathematical and computer science aspects of approximation algorithms for discrete optimization, quantum entanglement in communication, and complexity of fundamental problems in classical and quantum computing. More information about the project can be found at this website.

Project Researcher / Postdoc (1 year) on the subject of Blockchains, Dynamic Contracts and Autonomous Negotiation for Smart Grids

Energy systems are currently in a revolutionary transition, due to the increasing inclusion of sustainable energy sources. Whereas in the past, energy supply was determined by demand and was supplied centrally, in the future, demand and increasingly decentralized supply will need to respond to each other. Their balancing requires a combination of adjusting conventional generation, exploiting efficient storage technologies and implementing demand response with corresponding incentives thereof. Balancing activities may take place on multiple scales, from the individual household to the European or even an envisioned global grid. The vacant position contributes to the research, development and experimentation to tackle applied scientific research questions within the EIT Digital project ‘Distributed Ledger Services for Online Contract Settlement (DLS OCS)’. The primary driver is increasing system efficiency by a fair attribution of energy planning and plan-deviation costs between multiple stakeholders. The aims of DLS-OCS are to extend the state of the art in (1) Contract definitions, specifically for trading electric flexibility (demand response), (2) Negotiation strategies, specifying how parameters of the contracts are agreed upon by autonomous agents, (3) Use-case scenarios, how a blockchain-based solution can provide services in the energy context. The research shall draw on tools and techniques from sequential multi-agent decision-making under uncertainty, (evolutionary) game theory and market mechanism design. The project is a European collaboration, and the research is closely related to other research activities within the group. The applicant will take responsibility for the implementation of algorithms and contracts for planning and intelligent local control in face of uncertainty, and will closely collaborate with other project team members. Overall, the work is aimed at developing reusable software algorithms, simulation and control modules that can be employed in scientific experiments related to the research in the group

Postdoc on the subject of Agent Systems, Dynamic Planning, and Logistics

The research is part of a larger project, Scalable Interoperabiliy in Information Systems for Agile Supply Chains (SIISASC). The overall objective of SIISASC is to create pipeline interoperability in supply chains based on a federated approach, in which autonomous entities (e.g. organizations) are able to dynamically (re)plan their logistics activities. The project is in cooperation with TU Delft, TNO, and the companies Descartes and LogIT Systems. The project consists of fundamental research with an eye on applications and is carried out together with the partners. The project is funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).

PhD Student on the subject of Agent Systems and Smart Energy Grids

Our energy system is transforming into a sustainable system. Especially important for potential innovations are the use and the holistic use of energy types electricity and heat. This is amongst others due to the increasing role of electricity, and because heat often is a large side product (waste) as well as one of the important reasons for energy demand.

Postdoc on the subject of Network Games with Combinatorial Structures

The goal of this project is to study the computation and inefficiency of equilibria in strategic games on networks. One key aspect is to identify combinatorial structures that allow for the efficient computation of equilibria with provable inefficiency guarantees. Another key aspect is to investigate the potential of exploiting combinatorial structures to develop coordination mechanisms that reduce the inefficiency caused by selfish behavior.

Postdoc / Postdoctoral Researcher on the subject of the computer-science aspects of quantum computing and quantum information theory

This position involves research into the computer-science aspects of quantum computing and quantum information theory, in close cooperation with Prof. Ronald de Wolf. Specifically, the project will focus on the development of new quantum algorithms and the analysis of their complexity, development of new quantum communication protocols and the role entanglement plays in such protocols, and applications of quantum techniques to problems in classical computer science and mathematics.

PhD Student on Computational Modelling of Lightning

You will have the opportunity to advance our understanding of lightning dynamics through physical modelling and computational science. Central questions for the PhD projects include: When and how do electric discharges grow until they finally form the visible lightning channel? Why do negative discharges propagate in steps and positive ones continuously? How much can electrons be accelerated at the tips of growing lightning channels, and can this mechanism explain terrestrial gamma-ray flashes emitted by thunderstorms?