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Assistant/Associate Professor in Ship design Production and Operations

The Ship Design, Production & Operation (SDPO) research group is seeking two tenure track assistant or associate professors to strengthen two of the department's main themes:

Safe Autonomous and Complex ships
Coordinated multi-machine transport and logistics.

(for more details see maritime-and-transport-technology/themes)

2 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur


Ideally the research areas of the candidate are applied to topics relevant for the Netherlands and broader European Union maritime industry. We see a growing automation challenge that applies to all ships from complex ships, such as superyachts, offshore vessels and naval ships down to inland-, and fishery-, and aquaculture vessels, which are all key industries in the Netherlands. This challenge covers the collection, filtering, use and interpretation of data for all aspects of the ships lifetime. This includes design, production, operations, economics, maintenance, refits, and recycling. We are looking for two candidates that complement each other with knowledge related to data science, digital engineering, engineering optimization, inland shipping, unmanned ships, ship design and systems engineering.

Responsibilities of the tenure track position include publication of peer-reviewed journal papers and acquisition of funding for projects through cooperation with the private sector, government and/or EU or Dutch national projects and research grants. A good network within academia, the private sector, government and research institutes is relevant. Practical experience within the maritime industry will be valued, as well as experience in teaching academic courses and supervising graduation research projects.

The ideal candidate likes to be closely involved with the development and teaching of one or more BSc/MSc courses and (co-)supervision of BSc/MSc students, project teams, design projects and PhD candidates. An additional portion of the position’s responsibilities is devoted to management activities such as participation in department and faculty committees.

The Ship Design, Production & Operation (SDPO) research group is part of the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology within the Faculty of 3mE. SDPO covers research related to the design, engineering, production, repair and operation of ships and other floating marine objects including their machinery and electric equipment.


The candidate of either of the two positions should:

  • Have obtained a PhD from an internationally recognized institution in naval architecture, ship design, mechanical engineering, or other fields related to the knowledge areas;
  • Have a clear track record of high-end research as evidenced in part via their peer-reviewed publication record;
  • Demonstrate the potential to initiate, acquire, execute, and coordinate research projects. This includes a vision on how to develop a new, independent research line that is complementary to current research in the SDPO section;
  • Have a clear vision on modern engineering education. The candidate can inspire students and develop their passion for and knowledge of ship design, production, and operations. This includes the capability to define thesis topics and supervise bachelor, MSc, and PhD students;
  • Be motivated and have the ability to contribute to organizational tasks of the department such as outreach and valorisation
  • Be proficient in English, and, for foreign candidates, the willingness to learn the Dutch language;
  • Have experience with the academic environment and are aware of inclusiveness values of TU Delft.


A tenure track position is offered for a maximum of six years. Tenure Track is a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate Professor. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. To support that, we offer a structured career and personal development programme, which accounts for individual needs and preferences. For more information about the tenure track and the personal development programme, please visit www.tudelft.nl/tenuretrack.

Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made at the end of the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.
The salary for a Tenure Track (Assistant Professor) position is min. €3.746 to max. €5.826 per month gross.
For exceptionally strong candidates, a shortened tenure track period or Associate Professor position can be considered.
For an Associate Professor position different terms of employment apply. Depending on background and experience, the salary can range from min. €5.190 to max. €6.940 per month gross.

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.
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.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. J.J. Hopman, e-mail J.J.Hopman@tudelft.nl.
For information about the application procedure, please contact Ms Nathalie van Benthem, HR-advisor, application-3mE@tudelft.nl.