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      October 17,2020
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    Assistant Professor of Flight Mechanics

    Assistant Professor of Flight Mechanics

    Job description

    Are you interested in working in an environment that has strengths across the full spectrum of aircraft design, propulsion integration and flight mechanics? Then this might be an excellent opening for you.

    You will be focusing your educational and research activities on flight mechanics of (novel) aircraft configurations. The approach is to work on system (complete aircraft) level whilst considering new developments in airframe layout, propulsion integration, and flight control systems, at the subsystem level. Research in the area of flight mechanics may be supported by experimental research that is performed in the
    Faculty of Aerospace wind tunnels as well as through free-flying test articles (Laboratory Aircraft and scaled models).

    Recently, work has been initiated in the field of scaled flight testing, in which the flight mechanical behavior of unconventional designs plays an important role in the development process of future aircraft. You will play a key role in this development.

    The FPP section has strong links to the aerospace industry, including Airbus, GKN-Fokker, and Leonardo, as well as research institutes such as NLR, DLR and ONERA. You are expected to efficiently utilize these contacts to define joint research on MSc and PhD level. Teaching responsibilities include two undergraduate level courses in flight mechanics as well as supervising MSc and PhD students. Maintaining an independent research program in an international context and further developing a close relationship with industry is highly encouraged.


    • a PhD in Aerospace Engineering
    • preferably some years of experience as a post-doc and experience outside the Netherlands
    • research experience in flight mechanics of aircraft which can be demonstrate through publications in
    scientific journals
    • a good understanding of the field of aerospace engineering in general
    • a good understanding of flight mechanics and flight dynamics related to aircraft design
    • a strong commitment to high quality teaching and research excellence
    • good presentation and communication skills (English)

    Conditions of employment

    Our Tenure Track system offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path leading to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor. We offer a structured career and personal development program designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible.
    For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development program, please visit

    At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.
    TU Delft offers a customizable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

    TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.
    Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.


    Aerospace Engineering

    The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments composing the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Experimental and numerical research on a wide variety of topics is performed in the Aerodynamics section. In the Flight Performance and Propulsion (FPP)
    section the main research areas are: aircraft design, propulsion system design as well as propulsion integration.
    Additionally, wind energy systems, from small wind turbines to large, offshore installations, are the research areas in the Wind Energy section. The department has access to comprehensive laboratories, equipped with modern wind tunnels and state-of-the-art measurement systems. Furthermore, a computer cluster is available
    for numerical simulations on complex aerodynamic and physical problems.

    Section FPP

    This vacancy is within the Flight Performance and Propulsion section where fundamental and applied research in the field of aircraft design, propulsion systems, and their integration is performed. Tools and methodology development for aircraft design is combined with system analysis and design in the area of high lift systems,
    open rotor propulsion, propulsion system analysis, and design and flight mechanics of unconventional aircraft. Technology development is done in strong interaction with other sections such as Aerodynamics, Aerospace Structures and Materials, and Aircraft Transport and Operation, as well as industry and research institutes.

    Application procedure

    To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV that includes a list of publications, contact information of at least three scientists whom we can contact for letters of recommendation, and a research and teaching statement along with a letter of application by the 15th of November to Ruud van Rooij ( When applying please refer to the vacancy number.


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