PhD Simulation Model for Improved Cavitation Inception Control

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 01 Dec 2023

24 Nov 2023
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

1 Dec 2023 - 22:59 (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 primary objective of the NWO-sponsored CISCON program is to gain a better understanding of the effect of operational conditions on the cavitation inception performance of propellers. The participating universities and research institutes include Delft University of Technology (Maritime and TransportTechnology), Leiden University and University of Twente (Physics of Fluids group). At Delft University, we are looking for an enthousiastic PhD candidate with an interest in propulsion hydrodynamics, simulations and Machine Learning.

The work will be conducted in close collaboration with MARIN (Wageningen), Leiden University (Applied Cognitive Psychology), the Directorate Material of the Defence Organization and the Netherlands Defence Academy in Den Helder.

The advertised position concerns the development of a time domain simulator for numerical modelling of the cavitation inception behaviour of the propeller. This includes the effects by the drive system, the ship motions and the external conditions. The simulator will be connected to the bridge simulator at the NLDA in Den Helder and will be used for human effect studies. The simulator is also aimed at deriving control strategies for extended cavitation free operations.

The total duration of this PhD project is 4 years, with a starting date no later than Feb 1 2024.

Specific Requirements

We are looking for enthusiastic researchers, who want to develop their know-how and experience in a challenging academic environment. In more specific terms:

  • The successful applicants are in the first 4 years after graduation (MSc) of their research career.
  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering, Maritime Technology, (Applied) Physics, Aeronautics, or equivalent degree with a focus on propulsion (hydro)dynamics and Machine Learning is a prerequisite.
  • Experience in conducting numerical simulation work is regarded as a strength.
  • A critical and inquisitive attitude with regard to results is expected, which translates into formulating new research questions.
  • Ability to function both in a team and independently.
  • Good communication skills, with a sound knowledge of the English language, and both oral and written proficiency

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 .

Additional Information

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 € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 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 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 before 1 December 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • 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.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Anita van Vianen, HR Advisor, email: [email protected] .

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Tom van Terwisga ([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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