Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Aerodynamic Flow Control

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Aerodynamic Flow Control

Published Deadline Location
21 Nov 23 Jan Delft
Would you like to be part of the energetic team of Aerodynamics at TU Delft? We are searching for new colleagues to grow our program in Aerodynamic Flow Control.

Job description

The section of Aerodynamics (Department of Flow Physics and Technology) at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft is looking for a new colleague who shares our vision and enthusiasm for research and teaching. We work in an open, diverse and engaging team, striving to develop frontier science for Sustainable Aviation and Energy. We offer a stimulating environment to grow as all-round academic, state-of-the-art facilities and tools, a culture of collaboration, and a population of engaging and ambitious students. 

The position is for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Aerodynamics, with interest in the field of Flow Control. This field is inherently multi-disciplinary. Our team has been actively engaged in many aspects of Flow Control, developing passive and active methods to mitigate aerodynamic drag, noise emissions and unsteady loads, with applications in Aerospace and Wind Energy Systems. Extensive laboratories, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, and outstanding numerical tools and computational facilities, including the DelftBlue supercomputer, are available for holistic research on Flow Control.

We are looking for candidates with background knowledge, experience and the will to further develop in the following areas:


  • Critical aerodynamic phenomena: laminar-to-turbulent transition, flow stability, flow separation, turbulent skin friction, unsteady loads, bluff-body flows.
  • Flow control technologies: smart surfaces and functional materials, vortex generators, pulsing/synthetic jets, plasma-based actuators, sensors, real-time controllers, stability theory, control theory, system-identification techniques.
  • Domains of interest: civil aviation, wind energy systems, air mobility, ground vehicles.

Expertise with experimental and numerical tools for Aerodynamic and Flow Control research is valued.


You will be expected to contribute to the education mission of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering, by teaching in the BSc and MSc programs and supervising PhD candidates at our faculty. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to innovate our educational portfolio by introducing new content and/or new teaching methods. Preparing, supervising and assessing BSc and MSc student projects is a core activity in our education.

Valorisation and impact 

Participation in national and European research networks. You will have the opportunity to initiate new research directions by envisaging projects and procurement of funding. Dissemination of results to the wide public. Public outreach.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for a colleague who is passionate and dedicated in pursuing an academic career. You have started an academic, research or scientific track and are able to contribute by expanding or strengthening research and education on Aerodynamic Flow Control. You have an open, engaging and inspiring attitude toward colleagues and students alike.


  • You hold MSc and PhD degrees in a relevant field (e.g. Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics and alike).
  • Postdoctoral experience in academia and/or industry relevant to the topic is valued;
  • Experience in writing scientific articles and preparation of research proposals;
  • You like to work in a team, like to work in a cooperative and amicable environment and possess good organizational skills;
  • Excellent communicational skills;
  • Teaching experience is considered advantageous. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 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 we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


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 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!


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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Marios Kotsonis, e-mail: m.kotsonis@tudelft.nl. For more information about the recruitment process, please contact: LR-recruitment@tudelft.nl


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03118


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Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 22 January 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

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

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 22 January 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

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

Make sure to apply no later than 23 Jan 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).