PD: Automatic control for system integration of future ships

PD: Automatic control for system integration of future ships

Published Deadline Location
20 Mar 30 Apr Delft

You cannot apply for this job anymore.

Browse the current job offer or choose an item in the top navigation above.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Job description

The Transport Engineering and Logistics section seeks a talented and ambitious post-doctoral researcher for a challenging multidisciplinary research project on (distributed) control and optimization for future ships. The post-doc position is defined within the framework of the NWO/TTW project "GasDrive: Minimizing emissions and energy losses at sea with LNG combined prime movers, underwater exhausts and nano hull materials". 

GasDrive proposes the development of innovative efficient LNG-powered ship systems designed for operating optimally under future environmental, societal and economic constraints. An innovative approach is proposed by exploring and maximizing the system integration opportunities of LNG that lay in the integration of gas engine, gas turbine (and/or turbocharger), solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), and new types of drag-reducing ship hull nano-laminates interacting with exhaust gases. Such an approach could result in future ships with no direct emission to atmosphere, with very low indirect emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and a new paradigm shift in very high efficiency and extremely low energy requirements of ships systems, including propulsion.

This post-doc project focuses on using advanced automatic control techniques for the integration of the different types of systems (engines, fuel cells, propulsion systems, etc.) in order to maximize the operational ship system wide performance. You will consider model-based control approaches that give a holistic perspective on how to control GasDrive ships. You will hereby closely collaborate with 4 PhD candidates that have started working on this project earlier and have developed first models that you can incorporated in the control strategies.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are seeking an outstanding and enthusiastic researcher who has expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas:
• Automatic control, distributed control, predictive control;
• Ship components, dynamics, and modelling.

You have obtained a PhD or an equivalent degree or expect to obtain such a degree very soon related to these areas (control; ship design; maritime engineering). Good spoken and written English and the ability to work in a team are mandatory.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For more information about this position, please contact dr. R.R. Negenborn, phone: +31 (0)15-2786718, e-mail: r.r.negenborn@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and the names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) of two references by 30 April 2018 to: application-3mE@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-54.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.



Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Transport Engineering and Logistics (TEL) section is part of the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology in the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE) at Delft University of Technology. The focus is on the development, design, construction and operation of transport systems and equipment. Education and research deals with transport-related topics that involve both technological and logistic issues. This combination of transport technology and logistics is considered one of the strong points of the TEL section.  



  • Postdoc positions
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week, temporary
  • max. €4084 per month
  • 3ME17-54


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Learn more about this employer


Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD, Delft

View on Google Maps