Postdoc Modelling of Flexible Electric Aircraft

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 30 Oct 2023

Do you want to contribute to enabling battery-driven short-range aircraft? Are you passionate about multidisciplinary modelling of next-generation aircraft? Then apply to this exciting position.

You will be embedded in an international team of researchers who have one single goal: making sustainable short-range aircraft a reality. Your task is to investigate the consequences of a battery-filled wing on the structural design of that wing. You will have to perform load calculations under various flight and landing cases and use that information to design a feasible yet ultra-lightweight wing structure. You will use an existing aeroelastic design code for this purpose, but you will also expand that code to make it suitable for the design studies.

  • You hold an MSc in aerospace or mechanical engineering. A PhD is welcomed but not a must.
  • Knowledge of low-speed aerodynamics and finite element modelling is a must.
  • You like to program in Matlab, Python or C++.
  • You want to work closely with an industrial partner, so you can independently bridge the gap between research and the applications.
  • You are passionate about future passenger aircraft.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (based on scale 10: € 3.226,00 - € 5.090,00). The employment contract is offered for 18 months and the position is open for 36-40 hours per week. 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, 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.

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!

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 270 PhD candidates and close to 3000 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.

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Contact Roeland De Breuker ( for more information.

Please explain your passion for numerical multidisciplinary aircraft modelling and your passion for sustainable aviation in the motivation letter.

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 30 October 2023 via the application button and upload your CV and you motivation letter.

Please note:

  • 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.
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