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There has been on-going and recent interest in civil supersonic commercial transport, which would offer reduced flight times. This PhD position aims to assess …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


There has been on-going and recent interest in civil supersonic commercial transport, which would offer reduced flight times. This PhD position aims to assess the potential atmospheric effects associated with supersonic aircraft, which differ from those of conventional subsonic aircraft due to the higher cruise altitude and emissions.

Through state-of-the-art atmospheric numerical modeling both the higher altitude and ground level atmospheric impacts of supersonic flight as well as the associated uncertainties will be investigated. Outcomes of this PhD research are aimed to help guide technological and regulatory decisions for minimizing the associated environmental impact of the potential introduction of supersonic aircraft.

This PhD position is embedded in the EU project titled "MDO and REgulations for Low-boom and Environmentally Sustainable Supersonic Aviation (MOREandLESS)", a collaboration between 13 academic, research and industrial partners from Europe and the US.

This PhD position will be hosted in the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects Section of the Department of Control and Operations of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The mission of the Department of Control and Operations is to improve the safety and efficiency of operations in aerospace and to reduce the impact on the environment. The department comprises three sections: Control and Simulation, which focuses on the development of advanced automatic control systems (including the role of the human operator), Air Transport Operations, which aims to improve operational performance in terms of capacity, safety and economy, and Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects, which focuses on reducing aircraft noise, emissions and the effects of aviation on climate change and air quality.


The candidate should have a Master's degree in an area relevant to the subject, e.g. aerospace engineering, atmospheric science, (applied) physics, (applied) chemistry, mechanical engineering, or other related area.

- A combination of good mathematical/analytical skills and advanced programming skills with a strong interest in interdisciplinary work is advantageous for this position.


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

For more information, please contact Dr. Irene Dedoussi, Assistant Professor, Section Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects, Email: I.C.Dedoussi@tudelft.nl