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Assistant Professor in Wheel-Rail Contact Dynamics

The succesful candidate will conduct scientific research in the field of train-track interaction centered on the dynamic frictional rolling. The research …

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Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 3546 - € 5513 per maand


The succesful candidate will conduct scientific research in the field of train-track interaction centered on the dynamic frictional rolling. The research activities will be focused on the development of numerical and experimental methods, algorithms and tools for in-depth study of the physical phenomena occurring during rolling contact. This should lead to a better understanding of the wheel-rail contact and the underlying fundamental processes such as the frictional behavior, and generation of waves and vibration at the contact. The candidate will also investigate the implications of those processes for degradation of the interface, components and structures, as well as new technologies for detection of the degradations and for control of traction and braking.

The succesful candidate is expected to contribute to the initiation, acquisition, and execution of research projects and to the supervision of PhD and MSc students. Cooperation with other members of the scientific staff and establishing relationships with the relevant industrial parties are important. A significant contribution to teaching at the MSc and BSc levels is also envisaged.


The succesful candidate must have a PhD degree in Railway, Civil or Mechanical Engineering or in another relevant discipline. A good knowledge of frictional rolling contact mechanics and experimental skills is expected. You should be able to demonstrate outstanding research potential and have published in leading international scientific journals. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a good capability in initiation of innovative research programmes and acquisition of funding. Experience in teaching is considered an advantage. You should also be able to demonstrate good teaching skills, organisational and leadership skills and have an open personality. Besides that good communication skills in written and spoken English is a must. Knowledge of Dutch is appreciated but is not a pre-requisit for the employment.     


At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive a start-up package and formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.

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.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.  

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Z . Li, phone: +31 (0)15-278 2325, e-mail: Z.Li@TUDelft.nl. To apply, please send a letter of application along with a curriculum vitae and a personal research and teaching statement (max. 3 pages), as well as a list of publications, link to or electronic copies of three key publications, and the names of at least three references mentioning your relation to them. Please e-mail all your application information in one single PDF entitled Lastname_CITG18-04.pdf by 10 March to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.