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Associate Professor

The section Control and Simulation (C&S), department Control and Operations, is offering a tenured position at the level of Associate Professor …

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 5190 - € 6317 per maand


The section Control and Simulation (C&S), department Control and Operations, is offering a tenured position at the level of Associate Professor specialising in Aerospace Guidance Navigation and Control (AGNC).

The aims of the C&S AGNC cluster are to enhance the safety, efficiency and sustainability of flight. Research and education focus on the design of more capable automatic control systems in terms of adaptability and autonomy. Current research topics include system identification, flight dynamics modelling, flight envelope determination, prediction and protection, nonlinear (e.g., incremental) adaptive control, flying / handling qualities assessment, intelligent flight control (e.g., reinforcement learning-based). Key innovations in control theory and flight control system design are tested in advanced facilities, including a fly-by-wire laboratory aircraft, a motion-base flight simulator, and a laboratory for operating small drones.

A successful candidate is an expert in guidance, navigation and control theory with an extensive international network in academia and industry. She or he brings new topics to the AGNC cluster which have a high societal relevance and offer attractive valorisation opportunities. Her/his expertise is complementary to our existing research lines, such as for example robust (flight) control, state estimation, fault detection and isolation, sensor/actuator hardware, stochastic signal and system analysis.

Given that there are ample opportunities to adapt, tune, build and test real control systems, experience and the desire to work with advanced (control) software and sensor/actuator hardware on real flying platforms is a plus.

The new team member should bring in existing connections with national and international (aerospace) industry, and demonstrate a capability to connect research to industrial needs. At the Associate professor level we expect a candidate to have been the (co)-PI of several, self-funded, large (inter)national projects and having promoted at least four self-funded students at the level of a PhD.

In addition to research, the position comprises a fair amount of education, i.e., teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising MSc and PhD students.

The new team member is a team player who can propel her or his own individual line of research while connecting to the other team members. At the Associate professor level we expect a candidate to be an example of “leading by serving”, i.e., foster their students, PhD students and younger staff members to become successful. 


We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have a proven background in Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) demonstrated by a PhD degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering;
  • Strong affinity with the design of automatic (flight) control systems and their implementation;
  • Have an excellent publication record that demonstrates the international impact of their research in the broad areas of GNC;
  • Have the affinity with real aerospace vehicles (aircraft, spacecraft, UAV’s);
  • Have excellent software development skills in standard engineering languages (C++/C, Python, MATLAB/Simulink);
  • Have the capability to provide high-quality teaching at university level;
  • Have the ability to initiate and direct research projects, demonstrated by obtained external funding and supervised students;
  • Have excellent communication and soft skills;
  • Are open minded and team players;
  • Have an international profile with an active international network of scientific contacts.

For the Associate Professor level, we additionally require:

  • Track record on obtained funding at international level;
  • Experience with (co-)leading large international research projects;
  • Extensive international network with scientific and industrial contacts;
  • Having successfully supervised 4+ PhD students as (co)promotor;
  • Excellent teaching qualifications and experienced in setting up new courses/curricula;     


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.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Professor Max Mulder (m.mulder@tudelft.nl) or recruiter Peter de Bruijn (p.j.j.debruijn)