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Junior Researcher Urban Sensing Lab

Junior researcher for the urban comfort lab - sensing aircraft noise and heat stress in airport regions

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
24 - 32 uur
€ 2836 - € 4474 per maand


Reducing noise and heat stress is important to design healthy environments. Both are highly influenced by the urban design of places, streets and buildings. Although noise is everywhere, it is more pressing and omni-present in areas close to airports. Aircraft noise originates from overhead sound sources, so traditional noise barriers are more difficult to implement than near railways or roads. Buildings influence aircraft noise locally, leading to substantial differences in sound levels, depending on one’s location in relation to a building, or in a street.

Factors like the shape, density, materialization and orientation of buildings determine to what extent aircraft noise transmits and resonates. However, heat stress, thermal comfort, and pollution are also affected by these factors. This means that, when chosen carefullly, the design of the built environment can improve urban comfort in multiple directions.

Up to now, the interactions between the built environment, aircraft noise, heat stress and pollution, have mainly been studied numerically. During the coming years, research on the impact of urban design, materials, and landscape interventions, taken to reduce aircraft noise, heat stress and air pollution, is continued around a field lab in Hoofddorp.

We are looking for a junior researcher who is keen to support the interdisciplinary research team, consisting of researchers in the fields of building acoustics and environmental technology. As a junior researcher, you will collaborate with postdocs, and will be responsible for data collection and data analysis. In respect to data collection, computational research, and data analysis, you will assist researchers from both the acoustics and microclimatic teams. This provides you a great opportunity to further develop your academic skills, while staying away from narrowing your scope all too soon. Ideally, you have worked with either sound and/or thermal measurements before. You feel comfortable to use software like Matlab, Phyton and Envi-met, or acoustical software like CATT, and/or to delve into new packages. Also, there is plenty of room to develop your own research, under supervision of your peers , and to use the position as a launch pad for a future academic career or a PhD trajectory.


  • MSc in Building Technology, and/or Civil Engineering, Geomatics, or fields related to building/urban engineering and/or data analytics
  • Affiliation with acoustics, urban micro-climate, health and urban design
  • Acquainted with relevant software such as Matlab/Phython, Envi-Met and Grasshopper
  • Fluent in English, understanding and speaking Dutch is an advantage but not key for this job
  • Team-oriented and keen to collaborate with fellow researchers
  • Experience with measuring, processing, and statistical analysis of large datasets


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.

Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Martijn Lugten, Postdoc, email: M.C.Lugten@tudelft.nl

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Nathalie Bast, HR advisor, email: HR-BK@tudelft.nl

Please submit your application no later than December 1, 2021 (local Dutch time: UTC time + 2 hrs). You must apply via the 'Apply now' button. Applications via email will not be processed.


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