PhD Position in Automated Design of Swarms of Distributed Aerospace and Space systems
University of Luxembourg
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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About the SnT

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services.

We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!

The Parallel computing and Optimisation Group (PCOG) is led by Prof. Pascal Bouvry and Dr. Grégoire Danoy as deputy head.

PCOG conducts research on parallel computing and optimization techniques, in particular how different species may co-evolve taking local decisions while ensuring global objectives, to tackle large and difficult problems.

  • The main application domains are security, trust and reliability; reliable scheduling and routing on new generations of networks;
  • sustainable development and systems biomedicine; Unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAV), Smart Cities. Detailed information about the group is available at http : / / /

    Your Role

    This is a fully funded position for 3 years (extendable to an additional 4th year) in the ADARS (Automating the Design of Autonomous Robot Swarms) financed by the FNR.

    The ADARS project aims to propose a unique approach to automatically generate behaviours for distributed aerospace and space systems (DASS) thanks to a cross-fertilisation between multi-objective optimisation and machine learning techniques.

    ADARS will demonstrate through specifically designed software simulations and real field tests with multi-rotor drones, that state-of-the-art results can be obtained on two challenging DASS applications : swarm formation for a counter UAV system and swarm formation of small satellites for asteroid observation.

    The successful candidate will work under the academic supervision of Dr. Grégoire Danoy (University of Luxembourg) and join a strong and motivated research team of SnT.

    The position holder will be required to perform the following tasks :

  • Contribute to the ADARS project
  • Carry out research in the predefined areas;
  • Disseminate results in top scientific venues;
  • Present results in well-known international conferences and workshops
  • Your Profile

    Qualification : The candidate should possess an M.Sc. / M.Eng. Degree in any discipline relevant to this area of research (e.

    g., computer science, applied mathematics or a related field),

    Experience : The candidate should have some knowledge and experience in some of the following topics :

  • Optimisation algorithms,
  • Machine learning algorithms,
  • Swarm intelligence,
  • Strong programming skills in Python, C++ or ROS,
  • Robotics (preferably drones).
  • Language Skills : Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory.

    Here’s what awaits you at SnT

    But wait, there’s more!

  • Complete picture of the perks we offer
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  • Download the brochure : Why choose SnT for your PhD?
  • Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities.

    In Short

  • Contract Type : Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours : Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location : Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Foreseen starting date : asap
  • Job Reference : UOL03770
  • Further Information

    Application should include :

  • Full CV, including list of publications and name (and email address, etc.) of three referees;
  • Transcript of all modules and results from university level courses taken the last 2 years;
  • Research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (300 words).
  • All qualified individuals are encouraged

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