Assistant Professor Aircraft Noise

Assistant Professor Aircraft Noise

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17 Feb 29 Mar Delft

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Challenge: Reducing noise produced by aircraft.
Change: Taking research from wind tunnels to live airport operations.
Impact: Improving the quality of the living environment in the vicinity of airport

Job description

Aircraft noise is strongly associated with stress-mediated health effects. It’s also the most significant cause of community aversion against airport operations and expansion. To improve the living environment, noise levels of aviation must come down. And to enable the design of low-noise technology and aircraft, reliable aircraft noise modelling is crucial. As an Assistant Professor in Aircraft Noise at TU Delft you will really make a difference to airport neighbours. In view of the wide scope of potential research, we are looking for two candidates. You may, for instance, focus on modelling and measuring entire aircraft, or specific parts such as the landing gear and engine components. Alternatively, you may contribute to the modelling of new technologies such as hybrid electric propulsion, drones or urban air mobility.

You will develop your vision and original research line. And to validate your models, you’ll be taking your research from wind tunnels to the airports. Using sophisticated microphone arrays, you will measure take-off, approach and landing procedures. For analysing your data, you will adopt the latest AI-driven methods. To realise your research, you’ll attract funding and build your team of PhD students, whom you’ll supervise to completion. You’ll be working closely with Faculty colleagues and international scientists at universities and research institutes including NLR and DLR, as well as manufacturers, airlines and airports. Within these communities you will disseminate your knowledge and research findings.

Contributing to world-class education, you will support Bachelor students with their practicals and Master students with their theses. At a later stage in your tenure track, you may also give lectures. The internationally diverse team of academic staff and PhD students at the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects (ANCE) section will be your home base. Fostering an open and friendly culture, we welcome your ideas. And you will get all the support you need to grow your academic career. Do you share our drive to substantially improve the living environment of airport neighbours?

This position will be hosted in the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects Section of the Department of Control and Operations of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The mission of the Department of Control and Operations is to improve the safety and efficiency of operations in aerospace and to reduce the impact on the environment. The department comprises three sections: Control and Simulation, which focuses on the development of advanced automatic control systems (including the role of the human operator), Air Transport Operations, which aims to improve operational performance in terms of capacity, safety and economy, and Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects, which focuses on reducing aircraft noise, emissions and the effects of aviation on climate change and air quality. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You thrive on initiating and conducting interdisciplinary research and embrace teamwork to achieve meaningful results. To inspire and convince colleagues and stakeholders of your research proposals and approach, you harness your communication skills. The inherent slowness of the actual application of innovations in operational aircraft does not faze you. After all, aircraft tend to have a 30-year lifespan. And as you’ll be contributing to world-class education, you enjoy interacting with, coaching and mentoring students, while developing your own skills.

You also have:

  • A PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering or another relevant subject.
  • Well-developed analytical and programming skills.
  • A good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community and with international partners. And as you’ll be working with Dutch-speaking partners and students too, you also speak Dutch, or are willing to learn the language.

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. 

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03518


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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