Assistant or associate Professor in life-cycle design of aerospace structures

You are responsible for the development of a new research line which deals with the design of novel aerospace structures which go beyond the typical structural performance objectives such as low mass and typical structural constraints such as strength and stiffness. Your new research line should involve the design of novel aerospace structures and technologies which are designed for sustainable parameters including but not limited to recyclability, resource management, life cycle sustainability analysis. Furthermore, the economics aspects of the design of aerospace structures should be taken into account and traded off with the life cycle aspects. These designs should be generated in the conceptual and preliminary design phases. This requires research into the development of pertinent models such as life-cycle management, cost modelling and production processes, amongst others, for said design phases.

We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who is passionate about aircraft and spacecraft. You have a clear vision about the new trends and developments in the field of life cycle and economical design, focused on aerospace structures, within the fast-changing environment of green aviation and space. Industrial exposure is a plus. You have an excellent command of the English language, in direct communication as well as writing skills and should enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary environment. You have a doctoral degree (or equivalent due to years of experience in industry or academia) in aerospace, mechanical or civil engineering, or an equivalent engineering field.

Fixed-term contract:
Tenure track, permanent contract is an option if sufficient experience can be demonstrated.

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 offer 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. The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

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.

Technische Universiteit Delft

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

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 friendly, open-minded and dedicated.The department of Aerospace Structures and Materials of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the TU Delft would like to strengthen its research staff with a new (tenure track) Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of smart, hybrid, composite materials for sensing and energy harvesting applications.

The Aerospace Materials and Structures (ASM) department is dedicated to research on and development of structures and materials. Multiple groups cover the range from fundamental material science to full-scale structural component testing. This position is embedded into one of the sections of the ASM department, namely Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics (ASCM).

The ASCM section focuses on development of analytical, numerical and design methodologies for advanced aerospace structures. These methods range from multiscale stuctures to large-scale aircraft components. Also experimental testing on the bench and in the wind tunnel is an area of expertise of this section.

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Roeland De Breuker,

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Laura Chant, +31152785381, email:


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