Assistant Professor of Data-Science and Machine Learning for Marine Hydrodynamics

Assistant Professor of Data-Science and Machine Learning for Marine Hydrodynamics

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13 Feb 23 Mar Delft

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Tenure track position developing and applying data-driven and AI methods to the wider domain of marine hydrodynamics.

Job description

Data-driven methods and machine learning are playing an increasingly critical role in the maritime field. AI-based technologies are particularly relevant given the complexity of ship hydrodynamics predictions and optimization, as well as the increasing demand for sustainable, safe, and efficient shipping and offshore operations. The Department of Marine & Transport Technology at TU Delft is seeking an Assistant Professor in the field of AI and ship hydrodynamics, ideally starting with the 2023-2024 academic year.

This is a tenure-track position, and the successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, internationally recognized research program and to contribute to the department's educational mission. You are expected to actively pursue collaboration within TU Delft with AI experts. The position is part of the TU Delft broad AI Labs & Talent programme and offers tenure-track positions to outstanding academics active in AI or digitalisation-related research areas to find answers to major scientific and societal challenges. Research in AI is critical for the development of these technologies and their integration into the maritime field. As such, the research will be conducted in close collaboration with industry partners and other stakeholders, ensuring it is relevant and has a real-world impact.

The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to increase the capacity of inter-disciplinary research and education in digital transformation as part of the ‘AI, Data & Digitalisation’ at TU Delft connecting AI experts and scientists across the university. It is anticipated that all bachelor and master programmes will incorporate an AI-component in the near future. You will take part in developing the AI components of these educational programmes. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)



  • Conducting cutting-edge research in the field of AI and ship hydrodynamics
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in related subjects
  • Supervising PhD and MSc students
  • Participating in the department's research program and contributing to its development
  • Engaging with industry and other stakeholders to promote the department's research and expertise


  • PhD in fluid dynamics or a closely related field
  • Specialisation of Data-Science and/or AI within engineering;
  • Strong research background in AI and ship hydrodynamics, as demonstrated by publications in top-tier journals and conferences
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring students
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • A passion for and commitment to education and research
  • Control of the Dutch language or the ambition to attain this within a reasonable term.

TU Delft is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community, and we encourage applications from underrepresented groups.      

Conditions of employment

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 offerstraining 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 salary for assistant professors varies from € 3.974 – € 6.181 per month gross depending on experience. 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 Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

From chip to ship. From machine to human being. From idea to solution. Driven by a deep-rooted desire to understand our environment and discover its underlying mechanisms, research and education at the 3mE faculty focusses on fundamental understanding, design, production including application and product improvement, materials, processes and (mechanical) systems.

3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with high-tech lab facilities and international reach. It’s a large faculty but also versatile, so we can often make unique connections by combining different disciplines. This is reflected in 3mE’s outstanding, state-of-the-art education, which trains students to become responsible and socially engaged engineers and scientists. We translate our knowledge and insights into solutions to societal issues, contributing to a sustainable society and to the development of prosperity and well-being. That is what unites us in pioneering research, inspiring education and (inter)national cooperation.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03491


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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