Assistant Professor Electrification of Transportation

Assistant Professor Electrification of Transportation

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25 Apr 18 Jun Delft

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Challenge: Develop innovative concepts for electric and hybrid-electric propulsion.
Change: Harnessing power electronics, power conversion and storage.
Impact: Driving sustainable, next-generation aviation.

Job description

Cleaner air transport, shipping and mobility in general are crucial to society’s sustainability drive. But the challenges related to the electric and power electronic systems needed to electrify long-haul aviation in particular are huge. Extreme operation temperatures for wide bandgap devices, pressure at high altitudes and, of course, the stringent safety requirements must all be considered. As Assistant Professor in Electrification of Transportation at TU Delft, you will focus on developing new concepts that will substantially reduce emissions and increase efficiency in aviation, combining innovative fundamental and experimental research. Your research may even find applications in the electrification of drivetrains used in other forms of transportation.

Yours is a relatively new field of research, in which you will work closely with the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and leading industrial partners. The research lines you will develop may range from full-electric and hybrid-electric flying to smart battery technologies and solutions for taxiing and take off. To realise your vision, you will write research proposals, for which you will attract funding. And you will build your team of PhD students, whom you will supervise to completion. You will be setting up and conducting experiments in our state-of-the-art Electrical Sustainable Power Lab. In addition, you will teach Bachelor and Master students, support them with their experiments and theses, and contribute to Faculty committees.

You will also be sharing knowledge and representing TU Delft in international networks and bodies like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The fifty-strong, international team of driven Assistant Professors, PhD students and postdocs of the DC systems, Energy conversion & Storage group will be your home base. Ours is a friendly, collaborative and supportive environment, in which we welcome your ideas and help you grow your academic career. We share a drive to boost electrification and are proud of TU Delft’s cutting-edge research facilities, which even include flying lab aircraft!


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You thrive on developing groundbreaking interdisciplinary research, embracing the challenges related to the electrification of aviation drivetrains. Harnessing a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and your communication skills, you convince stakeholders of your research proposals, attract funding and build relevant networks. And while growing your own skills and knowledge, you are committed to coaching and teaching students.

You also have:

  • A PhD in Power Electronics.
  • Knowledge of electrical drives and sustainable energy systems.
  • Experience with wide bandgap devices, and preferably experience of aircraft system integration.
  • Experience of designing and building power electronics constructions, converters and experimental setups.
  • A good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community and with international partners.

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 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, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.

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 Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03286


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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