Assistant Professor Aircraft Noise

Aerospace EngineeringApplied physicsComputational MathematicsElectrical engineeringMechanical Engineering
Aug 31, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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Challenge: Reducing noise produced by aircraft.

Change: Taking research from wind tunnels to live airport operations.

Impact: Improving the quality of the living environment in the vicinity of airport

Job description

Aircraft noise is strongly associated with stress-mediated health effects. It’s also the most significant cause of community aversion against airport operations and expansion. To improve the living environment, noise levels of aviation must come down. And to enable the design of low-noise technology and aircraft, reliable aircraft noise modelling is crucial. As an Assistant Professor in Aircraft Noise at TU Delft you will really make a difference to airport neighbours. You may, for instance, focus on modelling and measuring entire aircraft, or specific parts such as the landing gear and engine components. Alternatively, you may contribute to the modelling of new technologies such as hybrid electric propulsion, drones or urban air mobility.

You will develop your vision and original research line. And to validate your models, you’ll be taking your research from wind tunnels to the airports. Using sophisticated microphone arrays, you will measure take-off, approach and landing procedures. For analysing your data, you will adopt the latest AI-driven methods. To realise your research, you’ll attract funding and build your team of PhD students, whom you’ll supervise to completion. You’ll be working closely with Faculty colleagues and international scientists at universities and research institutes including NLR and DLR, as well as manufacturers, airlines and airports. Within these communities you will disseminate your knowledge and research findings.

Contributing to world-class education, you will support Bachelor students with their practical work and Master students with their theses. At a later stage in your tenure track, you may also give lectures. The internationally diverse team of academic staff and PhD students at the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects (ANCE) section will be your home base. Fostering an open and friendly culture, we welcome your ideas. And you will get all the support you need to grow your academic career. Do you share our drive to substantially improve the living environment of airport neighbours?


You thrive on initiating and conducting interdisciplinary research and embrace teamwork to achieve meaningful results. To inspire and convince colleagues and stakeholders of your research proposals and approach, you harness your communication skills. The inherent slowness of the actual application of innovations in operational aircraft does not faze you. After all, aircraft tend to have a 30-year lifespan. And as you’ll be contributing to world-class education, you enjoy interacting with, coaching and mentoring students, while developing your own skills.

You also have:

  • A PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering or another relevant subject.
  • Well-developed analytical and programming skills.
  • A good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community and with international partners. And as you’ll be working with Dutch-speaking partners and students too, you also speak Dutch, or are willing to learn the language.

Conditions of employment

This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE). During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme as part of the Academic Career Track Development programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Aerospace Engineering

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 270 PhD candidates and close to 3000 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond. 

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Additional information

If you would like more information about this role, please contact Prof. Dr Dick Simons, Head of ANCE, email:

If you would like more information about the application and selection procedure, please contact Prof. Dr Mirjam Snellen, Head of department CO, email

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 31 August 2023 via the application button and upload:

  • Motivation letter.
  • Detailed CV.
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if available).
  • Teaching statement (if available).
  • Research statement.
  • At least three relevant publications.
  • Names and contact information of at least three relevant references. We will not contact references without your consent.

Please note: 

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.


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