UTOPIAE (Uncertainty Treatment and OPtimisation In Aerospace Engineering)

Seeking the ideal compromise between performance and resilience, optimality and reliability in complex systems and processes for a better future.






by Horizon 2020


UTOPIAE is a training and research network funded by the European Commission through the H2020 funding scheme. The main objectives of this network are to train, by research and by example, 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) - PhD projects - in the field of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) and Optimization and to impart them the skills to become leading independent researchers and entrepreneurs that will increase the EU innovation capacity.

JSI leads the ESR11 project on the Efficient Computational Methods for Worst-case and Multi-level Optimisation.

Objectives: To investigate efficient methods and algorithms for worst-case and multi-level optimisation; To develop algorithms that are optimal on expensive problems in Optimisation Under Uncertainty; To test these methods in the applications.

Expected Results: A new set of optimisation algorithms, for the efficient solution of multi-level problems. Implementation of a new set of problem instances of multi-level optimisation. Evaluation framework with defined measures and classifying definitions targeting problems of robust optimisation and reliability-based optimisation.

Planned Secondments: ESTECO to work on the use of the proposed optimisation techniques to reliability based optimisation, University of Ghent to work on the coupling of the optimisation techniques with uncertainty propagation through dynamical systems.

REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL: Master Degree or equivalent: in Computer science OR Physics OR Mathematics OR Engineering


To apply for this position you are required to submit a CV, cover letter and two reference letters to gregor.papa@ijs.si or cs@ijs.si. The cover letter needs to detail the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should confirm within their covering letter the length of time they have resided in the host country in the last 3 years before the 1st of October 2017.


"This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 722734".