Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Miniaturised Space Systems

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Miniaturised Space Systems

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8 Mar 2 May Delft

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Job description

Future space systems will heavily rely on miniaturised satellites. These satellites may have limited capability as compared to large satellites, but can be very cost and time effective. Furthermore, when they fly together the system performance can be enhanced and, in some cases, unprecedented functionalities can be realised. An example are CubeSats, which boosted the development of very small satellites and enabled new applications such as daily update of global remote sensing observations. These applications stress the potential, in particular, of scientific opportunities using miniaturised space systems. However, the advancements of such systems require further research to optimize their capabilities at various levels.

The Section of Space Systems Engineering (SSE) is dedicated to research, development and education on the broad range of end-to-end spacecraft engineering, with focuses on miniaturized space systems and/or multi-satellite systems. Through the Department of Space Engineering and the TU Delft Space Institute, SSE is also in close cooperation with universities, research institutes, and space companies worldwide, for rapid in-orbit demonstrations based upon the development of highly miniaturised satellites. Current research topics of SSE include Attitude Determination & Control Systems, Guidance, Navigation and Control, Mechatronics, Propulsion and Payload Engineering. To further strengthen our existing research and educational activities in miniaturised space systems, we are looking for an ambitious talent at the tenure-track assistant professor level. The successful candidate will work in a research area linked with any subsystem of miniaturised satellites, to further advance our multidisciplinary competence. Meanwhile, the candidate is expected to build a research portfolio to complement our existing strengths.  We especially welcome applicants who have extensive experience in miniaturisation at device/component level. In addition, the candidate is expected to significantly contribute to education by, for example, teaching BSc and MSc courses, tutoring laboratory experiments and group work, supervising the development of satellite subsystems/components.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for someone who has: 

  • A proven background in a science or engineering domain that can contribute to the development of miniaturised space systems, demonstrated by a PhD degree in a relevant discipline;
  • An outstanding research record as demonstrated by excellent publications;
  • A passion for the engineering of real space systems;
  • The capability to contribute to high-quality teaching demonstrated by teaching experience at university level;
  • Passion for teaching and engaging with students;
  • The ability to initiate and direct research projects demonstrated by obtained external funding;
  • Excellent communication and soft skills;
  • An international profile with an active international network of scientific contacts;
  • You are open minded and a team player.

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 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
  • TUD03545


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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