Experienced researcher (Post-doc) – Control Theory in Classical Mechanics

Deadline june 30, 2011 or until the position is filled

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A Post-Doc position is available within SADCO Initial Training Network, funded by the Marie Curie actions under the FP7 People programme from the European Commission at the University of Padova. The network offers unique cooperation possibilities in control theory, allowing each recruited researcher to carry out a part of his/her project at another institution during his/her tenure within the network. The Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of Padova offers a very good environment in Control and PDE's (see website:
The appointment will be for 18 month. The successful applicant will carry out his/her research under the
supervision of Prof. Franco Rampazzo. The fellowship is composed of 12 months research at University of Padova, and 6 months at Imperial College London.


In models where some coordinates are used as controls, the presence of quadratic terms in the derivatives of the controls is due to a curvature term of the foliation representing the moving constraint. In turn this quadratic term is responsible for interesting stabilization phenomena, exemplified by the inverted pendulum when the pivot is subject to rapid oscillations. Within this context, we wish first to investigate whether some kind of differential geometric classification of the involved foliations could help to simplify the theory. Secondly, in order to actually produce feedback stabilizing controls it should be helpful to analyze special kind of Hamilton-Jacobi inequalities. Finally, in the study of optimization problems, when the curvature term vanishes one ends up with a slow growth problem, which is particularly interesting because of the presence of non vanishing Lie brackets. In perspective, the addition of non holonomic constraints to the mechanical system will be a source of new geometric and analytic issues.


The salary and terms of employment will follow the Marie Curie rules of the European Commission (62k Eur/year before taxes, plus mobility and travel allowances). Substantial funding for participation in conferences and other research activities will be also offered.


-PhD Degree
-Interest in Control Theory and/or Mechanics
-Some knowledge in Ordinary Differential Equations and 1st order Partial Differential Equations
-Knowledge of oral and written English
-Ability to collaborate in a network
-Experience in research collaborations


The candidate can be of any nationality (European or non European), but he/she will not have resided or worked in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the recruitment.
Applicants should supply a cover letter with expression of interest, fit of requirements, availability and an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Interested candidates should send applications to :
(Subject: Application for Post-doc position (Control theory in classical mechanics)

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