Engineer for sustainable aviation experiment

Job description

In the efforts towards sustainable aviation, we want to be able to maintain the societal benefits that aviation brings while reducing the negative environmental effects it has on its surroundings. To do so, we need to have ways to better understand its environmental footprint and the impact new technologies will have. To this end a vast number of experiments, both in the field at airports and in wind tunnels, are performed.

You are involved in designing and undertaking the experiments, calibration and maintenance of the equipment and associated software development and data management. As such you will be working in a multidisciplinary and highly motivated team of reseachers. Together we develop new measurement approaches, such as acoustic cameras and air quality sensing devices, among others, and we regularly participate in national and international collaborative projects. Of course you are involved in the data analysis and dissemination of the results.

The research engineer position will be hosted in the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects Section of the Department of Control and Operations of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The mission of the Department of Control and Operations is to improve the safety and efficiency of operations in aerospace and to reduce the impact on the environment. The department comprises three sections: Control and Simulation, which focuses on the development of advanced automatic control systems (including the role of the human operator), Air Transport Operations, which aims to improve operational performance in terms of capacity, safety and economy, and Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects, which focuses on reducing aircraft noise, emissions and the effects of aviation on climate change and air quality.


  • The candidates should have a Master’s degree in an relevant area, e.g. aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, electrical engineering or other related area.
  • A combination of good analytical and programming skills with a strong interest in interdisciplinary work is advantageous for this position.
  • You are a team player and can collaborate successfully with your colleagues and partners.
  • You have a good command of English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community.

Conditions of employment

  • A salary according to the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities, plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.

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 250 PhD candidates and over 2,700 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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Additional information

If you have questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Irene Dedoussi ( or Professor Dick Simons (, head of the section Aircraft Noise and Climate Effect.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 7 February 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.