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Young Researcher

This project is in cooperation with The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (NL-MoD) who have identified a challenge in the design of general arrangements of …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2465 - € 2465 per maand


This project is in cooperation with The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (NL-MoD) who have identified a challenge in the design of general arrangements of surface warships. This challenge is located in the ship design stage after the concept exploration and requirements definition phase. Once the requirements and concepts have been explored, the process moves towards converging on a single design and detailing its technical and financial feasibility. To properly study these designs during the down selection requires detailed general arrangement plans. The current manual way of generating and analyzing these designs is time consuming, and in some cases may not result in optimal layouts. The problem comes with handling the many constraints, tradeoffs, and unknown dependencies of the warship layout while also accounting for designer rationale throughout the process.

The objective of this project is thus to develop a method that automatically generates sensible general arrangements plans for warships. This new method should aid in estimating the feasibility of the design concepts by enabling deeper analysis of spatial locations, their connectivities, as well as overall ship size. This may involve applying layout optimization or other mathematical techniques to help solve this problem. The Young Researcher will take the lead in both the theoretical and technical development of this method including execution of possible case studies. At completion it is expected that this method may be applicable to other complex marine vessels beyond just warships.    


We are seeking an outstanding and enthusiastic Young Researcher who has expertise and/or interest in one or more of the following areas: complex ship design, general arrangement design, warship design, mathematical programming, applied optimization, or similar area. You have obtained an MSc or an equivalent degree or expect to obtain an MSc very soon related to these areas (naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics, or other related fields). Some of the work may need to be executed at the Netherlands Defence Material Organization headquarters. Good spoken and written English and the ability to work in a team are mandatory.


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.

For more information about this position, please contact Austin A. Kana, phone: +31 (0)15-27 86930, e-mail: a.a.kana@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a transcript of grades obtained during your MSc studies, and the names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) of two references by April 15 to: application-3mE@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME18-17.   

Additional information

Dr Austin A. Kana
e-mail: a.a.kana@tudelft.nl


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.

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Ship Design, Production & Operation (SDPO) research group is part of the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology in the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. SDPO covers research related to design, engineering, production, repair and operation of ships and other floating marine objects including their machinery and electric equipment. The SDPO research group is seeking a talented and ambitions Young Researcher for a project involving developing a method to automatically generate sensible detailed warship general arrangement plans.