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5 positions for Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the research areas of Aerodynamics, Aeroacoust
TU Delft

Date Posted Jun. 13, 2019
Title 5 positions for Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the research areas of Aerodynamics, Aeroacoust
University TU Delft
Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Department Delft
Application Deadline Aug. 1, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Energy Technology
5 positions for Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the research areas of Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, Wind Energy and Propulsion

Faculty Aerospace Engineering
The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world's largest faculties devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. In the Netherlands it is the only research and education institute directly related to the aerospace engineering sector. It covers the whole spectrum of aerospace engineering subjects. In aeronautics, the faculty covers subjects ranging from aerodynamics and flight propulsion to structures and materials and from control and simulation to air transport and operations. In astronautics, topics include astrodynamics, space missions and space systems engineering. The faculty has around 2,700 BSc and MSc students, 225 PhD candidates and 27 professors supported by scientific staff.

The faculty's mission is to be the best Aerospace Engineering faculty in the world, inspiring and educating students through modern education techniques and enabling staff to perform ambitious research of the highest quality for the future of aerospace. The working atmosphere at the faculty is international and diversified, friendly, open-minded and dedicated.

The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Research is conducted on a wide variety of topics by eight groups, each chaired by a Full Professor, subdivided in three sections (Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion). The staff of the department contributes to both the BSc and MSc educational programs, and is responsible for two MSc tracks with a strong focus on key disciplines related to future sustainable air transport and wind energy, covering both fundamental aspects and applications. The department also operates world-class laboratories, equipped with modern wind tunnels, process equipment and state-of-the-art measurement systems. Furthermore, a computer cluster is available for detailed numerical simulations on complex aerodynamic flows including aero-acoustics, combustion, and multidisciplinary physical problems.

The AWEP department plays an important role within the strategy of the Aerospace Engineering faculty, which is centered on the themes of future Green Aircraft and Wind Energy and its research program is propelled by many on‑going projects related to sustainable aviation and renewable energy generation. The strong growth in these areas has led to opening of several tenure-track Assistant Professor positions (up to five) in distinctive research areas.

A Tenure Track is a 5-year process leading to permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or Full Professor. The path offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career perspective. During the Tenure Track period, the assistant professor is expected to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. TU Delft offers a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track pathway and the personal development programme, please visit

Job description
The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) invites applications for Assistant Professors with a research focus in the following areas:

1. Wind Energy Systems

The successful candidate will join the research program on the design and operation of wind energy systems including wind farm design, layout optimisation, performance optimisation, system integration, logistics, operations and maintenance, particularly in the offshore environment. This work requires a broad understanding of wind energy systems and the mathematical tools required for optimisation and system simulation. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the research the candidate will be expected to work with colleagues within the Wind Energy Section; more widely within the university; with the Dutch and international academic sector and with industry on collaborative research in a range of areas related to wind energy systems

2. Novel propulsion and power system concepts

Candidates with a background in thermodynamics, turbomachinery, power and propulsion systems are encouraged to apply. The research entails innovative systems and configurations for propulsion and power generation, with use for aerospace and ground applications. Specific expertise in power cycles, such as the organic Rankine and the supercritical CO2 cycles, is valued. Expertise is required in the design and realization of experiments in the recently established Aerospace Propulsion and Power laboratory facilities.

3. Sustainable aircraft engines

Lowering CO2, as well as NOx, emissions from aviation requires radical innovation and technical advancements for the development of next-generation turbofan engines based on new gas turbine architectures, hybrid‐electric propulsion systems, engines fuelled by non-conventional energy sources, and engine‐aircraft integration. A background on aircraft propulsion and the domains of fundamental heat transfer, combustion, electromagnetism and multiphysics/multidisciplinary problems thereof, is valued. The candidate is expected to operate within a wide team of experts with skills ranging from thermodynamics and turbomachinery to aircraft design.

4. Advanced aerodynamic flow control

The successful candidate will join the research towards a better fundamental understanding of the working principles of flow control methods for drag reduction and separation prevention in high Reynolds number flows through modeling and numerical simulations. A research background in fluid dynamics, numerical methods for scientific computing, experience with Large-Eddy or Direct-Numerical Simulations of turbulent flows is valued. Expertise in flow actuators, control theory, and flow stability theory is also highly valuable. The candidate shall be committed to close collaboration with a versatile group including computational and experimental experts.

5. Aircraft noise control

The successful candidate will contribute to the development of experimental and numerical methodologies and processes for understanding, predicting and controlling aerodynamic noise generation mechanisms. The research challenges will lie in both the aerospace and wind energy fields. They will work in close collaboration with colleagues in the Aeroacoustics group on experiments and numerical simulations of relevant aerospace problems, and will have the opportunity to establish collaborations across the department sections, in the domains of propulsion, aerodynamics and wind energy.

The successful candidates for these positions have:
PhD from a reputable university;
solid background and key knowledge in the specified research topics;
demonstrated experience in the specified research fields;
strong commitment to teaching and research excellence and dedication to continued professional development;
excellent organisational and interpersonal skills.

Additional key requirements for these positions are:
ability to supervise and motivate students;
ability to work effectively with undergraduate (Master and Bachelor level) students and PhD candidates;
good presentation and communication skills;
demonstrated proficiency in the written and spoken use of the English language as well as the willingness to learn Dutch.

Conditions of employment
A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offering you a permanent faculty position. For circumstances as having children or parental leave during the tenure track, it is possible to delay the definitive assessment and extend the Tenure Track appointment to a maximum of 8 years.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice can support with advice for you and your accompanying partner about your individual settling needs in the Netherlands. Once arrived you can be supported with individual consults and diverse workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school, which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. You will have 232 hours of paid leave each year and in addition to your salary, at TU Delft you will receive an annual holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your salary. Check our TU Delft website for more information regarding terms of employment.

The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to further develop English proficiency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, you get the chance to obtain this within three years.

Information and application
For more information about these positions, please contact Mr. Ruud van Rooij, phone: +31 (0)15 2781093, email:

To apply, please refer to vacancy number 19.20 and indicate the specified position/research area of interest from the above list.

Send your motivation letter, along with the following documentation:
detailed CV;
list of scientific publications;
research vision statement;
contact information of two or more possible references.

The documents shall be embedded within a single PDF-file and addressed to the AWEP secretary Sylvia Willems, email:

If your MSc diploma and transcript are not in Dutch, English, French or German and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation.

The deadline for application is August 1st, 2019.

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Contact Information

  • Mr. Ruud Van Rooij
    TU Delft
    Delft, Zuid-Holland 2628 CD
  • +31 (0)15 2781093


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