PhD or Postdoc Position Hydrodynamics in Sports

Job description

The fluid dynamics group (Dept. of Process & Energy) at the faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, Materials Engineering (3mE) is looking for a new colleague who shares our passion and enthusiasm for research and engineering in the field of sports.

This position focuses on the fluid dynamics in mainly rowing, swimming and sailing. The aim of the program is to develop fundamental knowledge on specified topics and to translate the physics of fluids to practice, in order to increase the performance of the sport athletes.

The team is open-minded in which you are able to exchange your knowledge and ideas. There is close collaboration with the national sport federations and NOC-NSF to gain insight into drag reduction, propulsive power, optimal use of existing materials and products and the influence of environmental flow. For example, among others, the unsteady flow around a blade (rowing), a hydrofoil (sailing) and a hand (swimming) are very complex which are still not yet fully understood.

The work within this program is multi-disciplinary and involves experimental research and engineering with support of internal and external specialists (scientific/non-scientific). An extensive lab equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment are widely available.

You have the opportunity to coach BSc and MSc students and supervise their projects. As a PhD candidate, you will receive training you need to develop yourself on multiple areas. As a Postdoc candidate, you will have the opportunity to prepare yourself for an academic career, with the associated responsibilities for education, project coordination and the formulation of project proposals.


We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with background knowledge in fluid dynamics and with the passion for sports such as rowing, swimming and sailing. The candidate should have an MSc degree (for the PhD position) or a PhD degree (for the Postdoc position) in a relevant subject, such as Mechanical Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or similar.

Good communication and writing skills in English and the ability to collaborate are important as well. Experience in experimental work is a preference, as well as the experience with sensors technology, data analysis and relevant engineering software packages (Matlab, Python, etc).

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

For the PhD Position:Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2.541 per month in the first year to € 3.247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

For the Postdoc Position:Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. You’ll be a offered a fulltime contract with a duration of 2 years, in scale 10, with a minimum of € 2.960 and a maximum of € 4.670 gross per month. These figures are based on a full time position.

General:The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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Additional information

If you would like more information about this vacancy, please contact A.J. Greidanus ( or J. Westerweel (

If you would like more information about the selection procedure, please contact Linda Verhaar, HR advisor (

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 7 February 2023 via the application button and add the following documents to your application:

  • Motivation letter, addressed to A.J Greidanus and J. Westerweel;
  • Detailed CV;
  • Copies of your BSc and MSc degrees and transcripts;
  • For the Postdoc position: copy of your PhD degree and transcript;
  • Names and contact information of at least three relevant references. We will not contact references without your consent;
  • Proof of English language level.

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.