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.
While most approaches so far primarily use models and forecasts, this project aims to utilise the increasingly available real-time information from aircraft and sensors in the surroundings of airports. Together with EUROCONTROL and 8 other European partners, which include universities, research institutes, and the industry, you will work towards innovative, real-time, data-driven monitoring approaches which will be embedded in the current regulatory models. The topic of the PhD position is the improved characterization of aircraft emissions, combining near-airport measurements, aircraft activity and performance data, together with appropriate AI methods.
The PhD 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.
- You should have a Master’s degree in an area relevant to the subject, e.g. aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, applied mathematics/physics, atmospheric science, or other related area.
- A combination of good analytical and programming skills with a strong interest in interdisciplinary work is advantageous for this position.
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
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 € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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For questions, please contact Dr Irene Dedoussi (I.C. Dedoussi@tudelft.nl) or Prof. Mirjam Snellen (M.Snellen@tudelft.nl), Section Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects
The application deadline is 26 June 2023 but early applications are strongly encouraged. The application package should include:
- A detailed CV
- A motivation letter
- Copies of your BSc & MSc degrees and transcripts
- A summary/abstract of your thesis (or the thesis if available)
- Two reference contacts
- Proof of English language level
If your MSc/PhD diploma and transcript are not in Dutch or English and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation
- 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.
- Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.