TU Delft

PhD or Postdoc position on numerical modeling of the atmospheric impacts of aviation emissions

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€ 2.000 - 3.000
Job description

Aviation emissions adversely impact the environment, contributing both to air pollution and climate effects. The projected growth in aviation emissions and projected decline in emissions from other energy and transportation sectors, result in aviation emissions' impacts being increasingly important in both absolute terms and relative to other sectors.

State-of-the-art atmospheric models that simulate the chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere are employed to assess the resulting atmospheric effects of emissions, as well as to understand the underlying processes and how they may evolve in the future. However, the models are computationally expensive, restricting their application in engineering and regulatory decision-making for sustainable aviation. This PhD or Postdoc position aims to develop and/or apply novel numerical methods for creating simplified (rapid) models from computationally expensive simulations. Outcomes of this research are aimed to help guide technological and regulatory decisions for minimising the associated environmental impact of future aircraft and operations.


- The candidate should have a Master's degree in an area relevant to the subject, e.g. aerospace engineering, atmospheric science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, (applied) physics, or other related area.

- For the Postdoc position, the candidate should hold a PhD in an area relevant to the subject.

- A combination of good analytical skills and advanced programming skills with a strong interest in interdisciplinary work is advantageous for this position.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 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.

TU Delft offers Postdoc candidates a 2-year (with possibility for extension). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Salary range from €3.270 per month to €3.950.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

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 and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

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Faculty Aerospace Engineering

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 250 PhD candidates and over 2,700 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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Additional information

The application should include a detailed CV, 2 reference contacts, proof of English language level and copies of your BSc and MSc degrees and transcripts, along with a motivation letter by 1 December 2021.

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

This PhD or Postdoc position will be hosted in the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects Section of the Department of Control and Operations of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The mission of the Department of Control and Operations is to improve the safety and efficiency of operations in aerospace and to reduce the impact on the environment. The department comprises three sections: Control and Simulation, which focuses on the development of advanced automatic control systems (including the role of the human operator), Air Transport Operations, which aims to improve operational performance in terms of capacity, safety and economy, and Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects, which focuses on reducing aircraft noise, emissions and the effects of aviation on climate change and air quality.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 1-December-2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • 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.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

For any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr. Irene Dedoussi, Assistant Professor, Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects Section (I.C.Dedoussi@tudelft.nl).

Uren: 36 - 40 Dienstverband: fulltime Type vacature: Intern




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