Summary: Delft Center for Systems and Control Delft University of Technology
The Delft Center for Systems and Control at TU Delft - Delft University of Technology, The Nether-
lands, has an opening for a post doctoral position on the topic
Optimal Control and Game Theoretical Methods in Systems Biology
General Project Description
Systems Biology is an interdisciplinary field that pursues data-driven, model-based studies of biolog-
ical organisms and functions. The use of quantitative models is intended to be tightly coupled with
biological experiments. Within this project, we pursue the development of quantitative models within
a conceptual framework to study and understand competition and cooperation among organisms in-
teracting within a resource-constrained environment.
The theory of dynamical (evolutionary) games provides the basis for understanding the interaction and
the dynamics between populations of such organisms. The solution of these games over sets of possi-
ble strategies is related to specific optimality conditions for the populations under study. The project
will investigate the construction of new, ad-hoc optimality conditions over certain game-theoretical
problems. The use of new metrics for optimality will allow to establish a framework to understand
survival properties, competitive strategies, as well as cooperative behaviors among interacting popu-
lations of organisms.
The project intends to leverage interactions with colleagues in biology in order to provide specific
expertise and experimental counterpart to the theoretical results to be developed within this research.