1 PhD contract for Partial Differential Equations, Control and Numerics

The Research Group in “Partial Differential Equations, Control and Numerics” of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, led by Enrique Zuazua, is seeking one researcher (Marie Curie) to occupy a position for 3 years for a PhD Thesis student.
This position, published on December 19th, 2017, is part the 15 positions available within the International Training Network (ITN) project, ConFlex, sponsored by the EU under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions in the H2020-MSCA-ITN Program.
The ConFlex consortium aims to train the next generation of researchers on the control of flexible structures and fluid-structure interactions, using and also contributing to the latest advances in control theory and energy-based modelling. We are located at 10 universities in Israel (Tel Aviv University), UK (University of Warwick, Imperial College, University of Exeter), France (University de France-Comte, University de Bordeaux), Spain (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Germany (Bergische University Wuppertal, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nurnberg) and The Netherlands (University of Twente). In addition, we have four partner universities in Canada, China, USA and France and 11 prestigious industry partners, mostly from Europe.

The applications to be considered concern a wide range of flexible structures in interaction with fluids: wind turbines, aircraft wings, precision machine tools, vessels linked by cables as encountered in marine salvage operations and microscopic electromechanical devices.

The research to be developed within the PhD Thesis at UAM will be adapted, among the topics of the network, to the interests of the student, in the broad area of Control of Partial Differential Equations (PDE) and their numerical approximation methods to contribute with new key theoretical methods and results, and to develop the corresponding computational software.

The chosen doctoral candidate will enrol the PhD Program of “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)”, and carry out mathematical and computational research in collaboration with the team of members of the ERC-Advanced Grant DyCon “Dynamic Control”.


We offer a very challenging fulltime position for three years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • A salary of approximately 33.000 € per year.
  • The contract includes Spanish Social Secuity and healdthcare public plans.
  • Travel cost to integrate the team.
  • Funding for research infrastructure, training and mobility.

How to apply

Applicants should directly write to the ConFlex PI at UAM, Professor Enrique Zuazua, to the email address ‘enrique.zuazua@uam.es’ before January 31st, 2018, including the following documents in pdf format:

  • CV
  • Academic certificates and qualifications.
  • Letter of presentation describing the academic trajectory of the candidate, scientific interests and motivation for the present ConFlex call.
  • Two recommendation letters (preferably they should be sent directly by the reference persons).

Selection process

A first selection will be made on basis of your CV, list of grades and motivation letter. The selected candidates will be invited for an interview, via Skype or phone.


1 position available at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
Dept of Mathematics


Applicants must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the past three years.

Language English: Good


  • You hold a masters degree in Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or closely related fields;
  • You have basic skills in Partial Differential Equations and Numerical Analysis;
  • You have a passion for research and teamwork efforts;
  • You are fluent in English.
PUBLICATION DATE December 19th, 2017
RESEARCH FIELD Mathematics › Applied mathematics
RESEARCHER PROFILE First Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE 31/01/2018 22:00 – Europe/Brussels
LOCATION Spain –Madrid
JOB STATUS Full-time
OFFER STARTING DATE 01/09/2018 (or earlier if availability allows)
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions