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PhD in Hybrid Prognostic Methods for Aviation Systems

Airlines are complex systems, characterized by interdependencies between different elements (e.g., fleet, cockpit and cabin crew, passengers, ground force) …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Airlines are complex systems, characterized by interdependencies between different elements (e.g., fleet, cockpit and cabin crew, passengers, ground force) and presence of conflicting goals (e.g., revenue generation, cost reduction, operations resilience, safe operations, environmental impact reduction). To understand and improve strategic and operational decisions of an airline, these interdependencies and conflicts need to be (closely) studied/examined.

This PhD project will focus on the development of an efficient modelling framework that is capable of simulating airline decisions regarding fleet planning, network and scheduling development, and aircraft maintenance planning. The framework should be able to capture the way new aircraft technologies, aviation policies or industry procedures could impact the airline operations in the short- and long-term. The work will involve the development of an innovative agent-based model to achieve this goal.
The work will be conducted as part of a large European project. Thus, the work will be fueled with real applications and a commercial decision-support tool is expected from this PhD project.
The position is intended as a full-time appointment, and the work will take place at the TU Delft. The researcher will have to work with several European partners and support project administration


Applicants should have advanced analytical and modelling skills. Additional experience with operations optimisation and data management would be advantageous. Applicants should preferably also have knowledge of airlines or maintenance operations.
Very good spoken and written English is mandatory.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts 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.

Additional information

The Air Transport and Operations section is a vibrant and youthful group of 20-30 enthusiastic staff members and PhDs with 50 MSc students per year. It develops innovative analytical models to address operational air transport problems, faced by, e.g., airports, airlines, maintenance service providers, aircraft manufactures or policy makers. The section currently plays a leading role in the European air transport research, closing collaborating with major European aviation stakeholders and participating in and coordinating several European research projects.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Marcia Baptista - Assistant Professor, email: M.LBaptista@tudelft.nl