PostDoc Digital Twin for Green Shipping

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2023

The Digital Twin for Green Shipping (DT4GS) is a Horizon Europe project with over 20 industry and university partners aimed at delivering an “Open Digital Twin Framework” for shipping companies and waterborne industry actors to tap into new opportunities made available through the use of Digital Twins (DTs). DT4GS will enable shipping stakeholders to embrace DT innovations to support smart green shipping in the upgrade of existing ships and new vessels. DT4GS will cover the full ship lifecycle. Applications will focus on shipping companies but will also provide decarbonisation decision-support system for shipyards, equipment manufacturers, port authorities and operators, river commissions, classification societies, energy companies and transport/corridor infrastructure companies. DT4GS’s objectives are to:

  • Support shipping companies in achieving up to 20% reduction in CO2e with a 2026 horizon, by developing and deploying real-time configurable DTs for ship and fleet operational performance optimisation.
  • Establish a comprehensive zero-emission shipping methodology and support Virtual Testbed and Decision Support Systems that address both new builds and retrofits.
  • The Postdoc position will support analysing the application of digital twins in enabling decarbonisation of shipping and the development of associated modelling frameworks to support practical innovations in ship performance optimisation, ship retrofitting, and Smart Green Ship new builds. More specifically, the Postdoc will focus on:

  • Developing a comprehensive methodology covering the application of Digital Twins in the design and production of new green autonomous vessels
  • Delivering a comprehensive DT-enabled design methodology for zero emission shipping both for retrofit and new builds.
  • Support developing a zero-emission shipping decision support system for both retrofit and new builds supporting all shipping industry stakeholders involved in transition to zero emissions shipping
  • We are seeking an outstanding and enthusiastic Postdoc who has expertise and/or interest in one or more of the following areas: complex or zero emission ship design, digital engineering or digital twins, zero emission power and propulsion technologies, or similar area. You have obtained a PhD or an equivalent degree or expect to obtain an PhD very soon related to these areas (naval architecture, marine engineering, digital engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related fields). In exceptional circumstances, a highly qualified candidate with an MSc degree in the areas above may also be considered. Good spoken and written English and the ability to work in a team are mandatory.

    Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: € 3.703,- - € 4.670,- per month gross). 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.

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    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.

    Challenge. Change. Impact!

    From chip to ship. From machine to human being. From idea to solution. Driven by a deep-rooted desire to understand our environment and discover its underlying mechanisms, research and education at the 3mE faculty focusses on fundamental understanding, design, production including application and product improvement, materials, processes and (mechanical) systems.

    3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with high-tech lab facilities and international reach. It’s a large faculty but also versatile, so we can often make unique connections by combining different disciplines. This is reflected in 3mE’s outstanding, state-of-the-art education, which trains students to become responsible and socially engaged engineers and scientists. We translate our knowledge and insights into solutions to societal issues, contributing to a sustainable society and to the development of prosperity and well-being. That is what unites us in pioneering research, inspiring education and (inter)national cooperation.

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    For more information about this vacancy, please contact Austin Kana, email: . Please upload a cover letter, CV including list of publications, and names and contacts of at least 2 references.

    For information about the application procedure, please contact Anita van Vianen, HR advisor, email .

    Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15 April 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

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