Assistant Professor in Space Optics

Assistant Professor in Space Optics

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13 Feb 22 Mar Delft

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Job description

What if you could develop a tool for exoplanet detection and biomarkers? What if you could participate in developing space instruments to monitor the Earth’s global changes? What if you could combine forefront research in optics, interferometry, polarimetry, and photonics to build creative and innovative optical sensors for space? What if you could mentor students in aerospace and connect their learning with your own research? As an Assistant Professor at TU Delft, you will contribute to resolving the technical issues of space optics, creating a huge breakthrough in planetary and exoplanetary science, heliophysics, and universe sensing.

At TU Delft, we offer a Tenure Track position with the full potential to grow toward an Associate or Full Professor. You’ll be joining a team of passionate thinkers who can split their ability to hyperfocus on the details and see the big picture. As an Assistant Professor, you will build upon existing research and bring new topics related to space interferometry, polarimetry, and photonics. Your work will provide clear, relevant social benefits, such as the ability to observe the quality of the earth’s environment. The job is multifaceted, somewhere between research, teaching, and networking. You are someone who can convince a member of the space agencies to provide grants and work in tandem with the Ph.D. students, as well as dive into complex data.

We welcome incoming Assistant Professors into a supportive environment where personal and professional development is highly valued. We provide opportunities for collaboration and integration with different fields, promoting collective intelligence and creativity.

We need somebody who understands the complexity of the optical design of space instruments and how to connect their knowledge to different fields. No week will be the same. You’ll develop your own experimental research with the Space Engineering Department, contribute to our Space Instrumentation Section, and integrate novel research into real space missions with researchers, engineers, and students. Apply now and be a part of shaping the future of space optics and join a university that fosters a positive and conducive atmosphere for thinking and innovation, allowing diverse perspectives and ideas to flourish.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You are a creative, collaborative, and communicative individual with a passion for space instrumentation and observation. You share our values of collective intelligence and integrating knowledge through teamwork.

You also have: 

  • A Ph.D. in Aerospace, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or Physics.
  • Aptitude in the engineering of actual space systems.
  • Familiarity with space development and qualification procedures.
  • Teaching experience and willingness to teach and develop as a teacher.
  • Experience in direct research projects.

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 Agreementfor Dutch Universities (between gross € 3.974,00 - € 5.439,00 per month). 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 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. 

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


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03483


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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