Assistant Professor Aircraft Design

Assistant Professor Aircraft Design

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17 Jan 25 Feb Delft

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Challenge: Explore design methods that include innovative aircraft technologies
Change: Disruptive innovation in aircraft configuration and propulsion
Impact: Reduce the environmental footprint of aviation

Job description

Innovative aircraft design is crucial to delivering step changes in aircraft performance. TU Delft takes the lead in designing new aircraft configurations, like the Flying-V. Furthermore, we research how novel technologies such as distributed propulsion, electrification, and hydrogen can impact the future of aviation.

As Assistant Professor in Aircraft Design, you will participate in the process that moves us towards a more sustainable use of aviation. The main approaches to the above are holistic design methods and  computational design with the objective of assessing the application of novel technologies to the aircraft architecture and its performance.

In this role, you will contribute to the education mission of our faculty. Teaching in the Bachelor and Master of Science program, assisting with the end-of-Bachelor Design-Synthesis Exercise, and providing coaching for MSc students in their graduation thesis.

You are expected to develop your vision and your own research line, plan and conduct research, and build and supervise your team of students and collaborators. To realise your research, you will build a portfolio of partners and apply for funding from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), European Research Council (ERC), and other schemes and initiatives at the national and European levels. Finally, you will disseminate your advancements and achievements through scientific publications and participate in conferences and workshops. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Committing to education by teaching and student mentoring is a prerequisite as you will be contributing to world-class education. Furthermore, you share a keen interest in aircraft design and technology, the common denominator in the FPP section. You are comfortable with software development and operating modern digital design and simulation solutions. A good deal of creativity to find solutions to engineering or design problems is appreciated. Good communication skills and ability to work in a team.

You also have:

  • A PhD in Aerospace Engineering or related domain.
  • Experience with education.
  • Experience in Aircraft Design or Aircraft Technology.
  • Good proficiency and understanding of simulation software.
  • A good command of spoken and written English (C-level). You will be working with Dutch-speaking partners, too. Knowledge of Dutch, or willingness to learn it, is required.

Conditions of employment

This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE). During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development plan and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.

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 as part of the Academic Career Track Development 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, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.


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
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD04925


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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