PostDoc Position Optimizing Port Logistics by Autonomous Ships to Contribute to Sustainable Transport

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 31 Mar 2024

10 Feb 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

31 Mar 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

As a PostDoc in the Research lab Autonomous Shipping (RAS) you will develop a kiss-and-ride concept allowing autonomous barge mooring and unmooring for intra-terminal container transhipment. The position offers a lot of freedom to, depending on your interest, focus more on the modelling or engineering aspects of increasing the performance, efficiency and reliability of a fleet of autonomous ships. The project is part of the MAGPIE project , a collaboration between 45 organizations including The Port of Rotterdam, Erasmus University and TU Delft. The overall project aim is to boost the green and digital revolution by improving the sustainability of ports in the European Union.

You will have the opportunity to investigate the high-level automated operations of multiple autonomous vessels whilst simulating diverse operational scenarios. And you get the chance to demonstrate your findings at model scale while contributing to the integration of concepts into actual terminal operations. This postdoc position combines algorithmic and experimental research; in short you will be:

  • Developing algorithms for autonomous docking, collision avoidance and risk prediction, with respect to situational awareness and vessel-to vessel and vessel-to-infrastructure communication, allowing mooring/unmooring under realistic conditions such as unforeseen events, weather conditions, presence of other waterway traffic, etc.
  • Demonstrating autonomous barge performance and barge fleet operations, with respect to assessment of the developed algorithms using model scale vessels in controlled lab environment.

Specific Requirements
  • You have a PhD degree or expect to obtain a PhD degree soon in mechanical engineering, maritime technology, systems and control or related areas.
  • You get energy from multidisciplinary collaborations and the combination of modelling, engineering and experimental research.
  • Experience with computer vision, data communication, predictive model, and/or experimental design is a plus.
  • Good communication and writing skills in English and the ability to collaborate with companies and research institutes are important.

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? To apply, please submit an application letter, a detailed CV including list of publications, and names and contacts of at least 2 references via the application button. The position is available from February 10, 2024 and will remain open until filled.

  • 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, at [email protected] .

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. ir. Yusong Pang, [email protected] , +31(0)15 278 8685, or Prof. dr. ir. Dingena Schott, [email protected] , +31(0)15 278 3130.

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Work Location(s)
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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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