Postdoc Measurement, Identification and Characterization of Track Structure Conditions

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 10 Jun 2024

24 May 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

10 Jun 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Europe’s Rail project IAM4RAIL works on integrated demonstrators for rail assets which are the focus of research and innovation in the rail sector. Integrating asset condition information obtained via advanced monitoring with decision-making tools and artificial intelligence are covered as a key topic for research in IAM4RAIL. TU Delft takes a leading role in IAM4RAIL with research into sensing solutions for track infrastructure monitoring.

Railway is the backbone of sustainable mobility. The section of Railway Engineering at the department of Engineering Structures within TU Delft's Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences deals with the physical assets of the railway system, including track, embankment, rolling stock and catenary, as well as the interfaces and dynamic interactions between them. The research, innovation, development and education of the section concern the whole life cycle of the assets, from design, construction, operation, degradation, monitoring, maintenance to retrofit, as well as the data-driven intelligent management of the assets, taking into consideration of the performance of the whole railway system. The section plays a leading role in the TU Delft Rail Institute (DelftRail) and in various European research programmes.

A key task for TU Delft in the IAM4RAIL project is the development of new sensing methodologies for and their applications to track structure condition assessment with multi-sensing wayside instrumentation (vibration, force, displacement, temperature and humidity) as well as train-borne devices.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will develop vibration-based measurement methods to identify and characterize conditions in the railway infrastructure, by way of numerical simulation and physical testing in the lab and field. You will work with a team of junior and senior researchers, including PhD candidates and professors, as well as engineers who will help with the practical aspects of the railway operation. The results will be used for track condition monitoring and maintenance decision.

The Department of Engineering Structures focuses on the development of resilient, smart and sustainable structures and infrastructures. Our aim is to meet societal demands in transportation, the energy transition and sustainable reuse. Research themes include dynamics of structures, mechanics of materials related to e.g. climate change, modelling and design of railway systems, multi-scale modelling of pavement materials and structures, reuse of materials, structures and parts of structures, assessment methods for structures, smart monitoring techniques, design methods, replacement and renovation of civil infrastructure and development of new materials and maintenance techniques. Our unique Macro Mechanics Laboratory facilities support full-scale testing, monitoring and modelling of structures to facilitate implementation of innovations. The department delivers both groundbreaking research and world-class education for undergraduate and graduate students. As a team, we represent different backgrounds, skills and views. We foster an inclusive culture, as our combined identities, attitudes and ambitions widen our perspective and make up our strengths..

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in Mechanical, Civil, Geotechnical or Aerospace Engineering or a related field. Expert knowledge of railway dynamics and vibration and experience in finite element modelling, testing, measurement and signal processing are required.

You should have a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English, and very good communication skills. You are expected to cooperate with other members of the research team and external partners.

Additional Information

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 10 June 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • CV;
  • Cover/motivation letter explaining your interest and your qualifications for this position, and how your skills match the requirements;
  • PhD diploma;
  • Abstract of your PhD thesis;
  • Two selected publications (if any);
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge) if you did not receive your MSc or PhD degree in an English or Dutch program;
  • Contact details of two persons who can provide references.

Please note:

If your MSc and PhD diploma and transcript are not in Dutch, English, French or German and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation in case you will be appointed.

Please note:

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

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact [email protected] .

For information about the application procedure, please contact Jacqueline Barnhoorn, email: [email protected] .

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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Mekelweg 2
Postal Code

2628 CD


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