PhD Position AI-based Synthetic Data Generation for Aiports and Airlines

PhD Position AI-based Synthetic Data Generation for Aiports and Airlines

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25 Apr 5 Jun Delft

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Job description

Sensor data have been increasingly used for assessing, predicting, and optimising performance of airport and airline operations. Data-driven methods and tools from the rapidly developing fields of AI and machine learning have demonstrated their extensive potential to understand and improve air transport operations. However, in some cases, real data may not be readily available (e.g., for new airports or novel, future concepts of operation). To address this issue, in this PhD project, state-of-the-art data-driven methods from AI and machine learning will be used to generate realistic synthetic datasets for airport and airline operations. The models will be trained on existing data and will be used for performance prediction of airports and airlines (in particular, turn-around time, passenger flows, flight delays), for which no or limited data is available.

Research will be done in the context of EU SESAR project SynthAIr, in close collaboration with academic and industrial partners (such as airports and airlines).

The position is intended as a full-time appointment, and the work will take place at the TU Delft. You will have to work with several European partners and support project administration.     


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • You must have a MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or similar.
  • You should have advanced analytical skills.
  • Good programming skills are required.
  • Keen interest in machine learning.
  • Very good spoken and written English is mandatory.
  • You will be able to conduct work independently as well as collaborate effectively with members of a larger team.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.


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.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD03849


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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