Assistant/associate professor in aerospace structural design for manufacturing and certification

You are responsible for the development of a new research line which bridges the gap between numerically optimal designs of aerospace structures and realisable designs. A realisable design is a design that can be manufactured and certified. Your research focus should be targeted towards experimental and numerical methodologies that include manufacturing and certification aspects into structural design of aerospace structures. These methodologies should be applicable to present day aerospace structures, but also to future aerospace structures concepts such as novel composite laminate architectures.
Your tasks include, but are not limited to, (i) virtual testing and manufacturing for verification and validation of analysis and design methodologies, and certification; (ii) including uncertainty analysis into virtual testing and manufacturing for a better understanding of the stochastic distribution of the strength, stiffness and failure properties of the as-built component and an understanding of the origin and build-up of the stochastic distribution; (iii) a good understanding of the building block approach such that you can propose new building block experimental and numerical/analytical tests, a proper balance between experimental testing and virtual testing (numerical analysis), and the propagation of uncertainties throughout the building block pyramid; and (iv) being able to propose new experimental and numerical/analytical methodologies that will guarantee the same or better levels of safety at reduced cost.

We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who is passionate about aircraft and spacecraft. You should have a clear vision about the new trends and developments in the field of design for realisation of aerospace structures within the fast-changing environment of aviation and space. Industrial exposure is a plus. You should 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 should have a doctoral degree in aerospace structures or an adjacent engineering field with demonstrated experience in aerospace structures.

contract: tenure track (6 years with the prospect of a permanent contract).

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:

We look forward for your applications by 31 March 2020, which shall include a motivation letter, your CV with two reference letters and two further references, and a vision document concerning research, education and valorisation, all compiled into a single pdf file named lastname_firstname_yearofbirth.pdf to be sent to Applications not complying will not be taken into consideration.


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