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Assistant Professor of Aerospace Structures

This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.
ASCM has strengths and interests across the full spectrum of aerospace structures and computational mechanics, and excellent candidates with expertise in an established or emerging ...

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 5405 per maand


This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.

ASCM has strengths and interests across the full spectrum of aerospace structures and computational mechanics, and excellent candidates with expertise in an established or emerging area of the field are welcomed. All areas of aerospace structures and computational mechanics will be considered, including damage of composite structures, buckling and post-buckling phenomena, crashworthiness, optimisation, multi-functional structures, multi-scale and multi-physics analysis methods, and development and applications in aeronautics and space. ASCM seeks candidates who conduct research in theory, modelling, and simulation, as well as in testing of aerospace structures. The position is available immediately.

Duties include teaching core undergraduate and graduate level courses in this specific area and supervising MSc and PhD students. Maintaining an independent research programme in an international context and further developing a close relationship with industry is also highly encouraged.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit www.tudelft.nl/tenuretrack.


A PhD in aeronautical/aerospace engineering or a closely related engineering field is required, preferably in combination with post-doctoral experience. Background and demonstrated experience in aerospace structures is a plus. The candidate is expected to have a record of scientific achievement, with substantial publication experience. He/she must have a demonstrated ability to initiate and direct research projects and to obtain external funding. The candidate should also possess good communication skills and be capable of teaching at the Bachelor and Master level. The candidate is expected to have a strong international profile with an active international network of scientific contacts. Demonstrated ability in written and oral use of the English language is required as is the willingness to learn Dutch.


A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.
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.
The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The 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.

For more information, please contact Prof. Chiara Bisagni, phone:+31 (0)15-2782093, e-mail: C.Bisagni@tudelft.nl or Dr. Sergio Turteltaub, phone: +31 (0)15-2785360, e-mail: S.R.Turteltaub@tudelft.nl. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, statement of goals and plans for teaching and research. In addition, please include the names of three possible referees. Letters of reference and official transcripts will only be requested at later stage for final consideration. Please e-mail your application by 30 November 2017 to Laura Chant,
When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR17-43.

Additional information

Sergio Turteltaub
+31 (0)15-2785360

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the 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. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Aerospace Engineering The Department of Aerospace Structures and Materials is dedicated to research and development of structures and materials for the next generation of aerospace vehicle technologies. The Department consists of three research groups, Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics, Structural Integrity and Composites, and Novel Aerospace Materials, that together cover the range from fundamental material science to full-scale structural components. The Department operates a large, recently commissioned, state-of-the-art Structures and Materials Laboratory for research and teaching.

The current announcement is for a position in the Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics (ASCM) Chair. The Chair’s primary mission is education and research in analysis, design, optimisation and test of advanced structural systems, and development of necessary computational and experimental methods and tools for such activities. The Chair has a world-class reputation for excellence and aims to advance and innovate in these areas.

The Chair’s activities include development of analytical and numerical analysis tools, ranging from fast approximate solutions to high-fidelity detailed solutions, for lightweight structural systems with linear and nonlinear response characteristics, and the use of these analysis capabilities to design practical and innovative structural configurations.