Assistant Professor in Novel Thermoplastic Composites (Tenure Track)
Delft University of Technology, Faculty Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor in Novel Thermoplastic Composites (Tenure Track)


Department/faculty: Faculty Aerospace Engineering 

Level: Doctorate 

Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly 

Contract: 6 

Salary: 3637 - 5656 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Aerospace Engineering


The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world's largest faculties devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. In the Netherlands it is the only research and education institute directly related to the aerospace engineering sector. It covers the whole spectrum of aerospace engineering subjects. In aeronautics, the faculty covers subjects ranging from aerodynamics and flight propulsion to structures and materials and from control and simulation to air transport and operations. In astronautics, topics include astrodynamics, space missions and space systems engineering. The faculty has around 2,700 BSc and MSc students, 225 PhD candidates and 27 professors supported by scientific staff.

The faculty's mission is to be the best Aerospace Engineering faculty in the world, inspiring and educating students through modern education techniques and enabling staff to perform ambitious research of the highest quality for the future of aerospace. The working atmosphere at the faculty is friendly, open-minded and dedicated.


Job description


The aerospace industry is in a continuous quest for more efficient lightweight structural materials with added functionalities.Thermoplastic composites are becoming increasingly attractive due to their suitability for automated manufacturing processes, their high fracture toughness compared to thermosets, their potential recyclability and their suitability for joining methods. The aim of this faculty position is to explore the potential of novel thermoplastics composites by significantly enhancing processability, while improving its structural performance. This shall be achieved by usage of novel thermoplastics matrix system and by intricate control of the fibre micro- and mesostructure of the composite, being tailored towards specific novel and possibly disruptive manufacturing approaches. Next to the experimental approach, the establishment of digital twins for novel processing routes towards the multi scale representation of the manufacturing process is of particular interest. This shall aim at contributing towards advanced automation, smart manufacturing and data based approaches in thermoplastic composite processing. Being associated to the aerospace manufacturing technologies group, you will be closely cooperating with colleagues on related topics. Next to the the research activity which includes co-supervison of PhD students, you will also contribute to teaching aerospace engineering students at graduate and undergraduate leve




We are looking for an enthusiastic personality with excellent qualifications and an academic background in related fields. You have a passion for scientific detail and an affinity for experimental work, which reflects in an excellent scientific track record and you are very well networked in academia and industry. You enjoy teaching at graduate and undergraduate level and you have demonstrated to successfully coach PhD students. Experience with acquisition of funding for (collaborative) research projects in both fundamental and applied technology is prerequisite. Proven management, communication and people skills as well as a good command of English complement our profile. We expect the candidate to be a strong team player and competent in effectively cooperating within the aerospace manufacturing technologies group, the faculty and TU Delft.


Conditions of employment


 A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position. For circumstances as having children or parental leave during the tenure track, it is possible to delay the definitive assessment and extend the Tenure Track appointment to a maximum of 8 years.

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 and Partner Career Advice can support with advice for you and your accompanying partner about your individual settling needs in the Netherlands. Once arrived you can be supported with individual consults and diverse 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.You will have 232 hours of paid leave each year and in addition to your salary, at TU Delft you will receive an annual holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your salary. The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, you get the chance to obtain this within three years.


Information and application


For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Clemens Dransfeld, full professor, email:, tel: +31 15 27886939 .


For information about the selection procedure, please contact mw. Marianne de Knegt, management assistant, email:

We look forward for your applications by Sep. 9th 2019, which shall include your CV a current list of published work and full contact details of three references. The candidates are encouraged to formulate their view on their future research, as well as similar statements on teaching, and how this shall be implemented at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft. All information is to be compiled into a single pdf file named lastname_firstname_yearofbirth.pdf to be send to Applications not complying will not be taken into consideration.

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