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TU Delft – Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in Space interferometry

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

The Netherlands

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Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology invites applications for an Assistant / Associate Professor jobs in interferometry for space, in the Netherlands – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: Assistant / Associate Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: 3.807,00 - 5.211,00 Euro/Month

Space Instrumentation section
Space Engineering department
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Qualification Details


  • Have PhD in Aerospace, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or Physics
  • Advanced knowledge of nulling interferometric techniques and related optical technics (optical design, performance assessment, experimental work,…)
  • Have an outstanding research record as demonstrated by excellent publications;
  • Have an affinity with the engineering of real space systems; Be acquainted with the space development/qualification procedures;
  • Have preferably experience in teaching at university level;
  • Have the ability to initiate and direct research projects demonstrated by obtained external funding and supervised students;
  • Have excellent communication and soft skills and an open-minded attitude;
  • Have an international profile with an active international network of scientific contacts.


  • Have the ability to do optical design on dedicated optical software, e.g., CODEV, ZEEMAX, ASAP, FRED, as well as end-to-end simulations
  • Experienced in experimental laboratory work

Responsibilities/Job Description

This research domain is dedicated to the development of space interferometric nulling instruments capable of directly detecting and characterizing exoplanets. At this stage, many platforms of different sizes, and different resolutions parameters are considered, from cube/smallsat to large-scale mission. In cooperation with international partners, it will contribute from a leading position in the LIFE consortium and play a key role in one of the most ambitious mission candidates for ESA's next L-class mission.

For this role you should be specialized in the field of space interferometry and in the optical design of space instruments. One possible application will be the implementation of nulling interferometry for exoplanet detection and characterization. As assistant professor you will be able to further develop existing research and bring in new topics related to space interferometry which have a clear societal relevance and offer attractive valorization opportunities. You will have to develop your own research, mostly experimental, in cooperation with the strategy of the section and in synergy with the Space Engineering department. You will participate and contribute to the maturation of the Space instrumentation section.

The research shall be a natural part of at least one of the two focus areas of the department: miniaturization and distributed space systems which provide the opportunity to integrate novel research in real space missions and closely interact with a team of researchers, engineers and students. The research will allow us to strengthen and extend relationships with industry, knowledge institutes and agencies. The quality of research will be competitive on the level of European research programs. In addition to research, the position comprises an equal amount of education, including teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising MSc and PhD students.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: TUD01509
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Documents Required

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15-11-2021 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.

About the Project

Challenge: Space interferometry represents a huge challenge for the future of the space missions. This is the only way to fully characterize the Earth-like exoplanets and its atmosphere. Resolving the technological issues of nulling interferometry will create a huge breakthrough in Exoplanetary science.

Change: Taking part in the field of space interferometry is to promote the development of innovative missions in a multidisciplinary environment and to participate to a creative and collective intelligence process.

Impact: The ecosystem around TU-Deflt is very inspiring to develop innovative technologies for future space missions. The space interferometry is an incredible lever arm to understand our universe and its diversity, which will help to realize the uniqueness of our Earth, and to preserve it.

About the Department

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.

About the Employer: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Note or Other details

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.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.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.

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.

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Contact details

For information about the application procedure, please contact Debby van der Sande,

For information about the content off the vacancy please contact: Jerome Loicq.

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