Post-doc in Railway Dynamics & Degradation
Delft University of Technology Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Post-doc in Railway Dynamics & Degradation


Department/faculty: Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Level: Doctorate

Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly

Contract: 2 years

Salary: 3389 - 4274 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date

    June 16, 2019


Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences



The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology and delta technology. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.


The recently started and young group of Dynamics and Durability of Structural Interfaces is part of the Structural Engineering Department and has historically close ties to the Railway Engineering group. Its work focuses on all aspects of interaction between moving systems on both the short and long term (including degradation), life-cycle design of railway assets, development of dedicated materials in dynamic environments, and environmental impact in the form of noise and vibration emission. The work is strongly multi-/interdisciplinary, with as most relevant disciplines: structural dynamics, contact/frictional mechanics, tribology, metallurgy, geo-engineering, monitoring and data processing. The group is internationally recognised for its academic level.     


Job description


In this challenging position you will cooperate with other postdocs and contribute to ongoing cutting-edge research in the area of modelling railway track degradation under train loading. You will further develop, refine and use existing 2D and 3D models for dynamic train-track interaction to predict vibration emission and track degradation as a function of operational parameters and system design parameters, using energy methods and working at the interface of the instantaneous/dynamic and the long term structural response. You will benchmark simulation results against measurement data obtained and interpreted in parallel projects in the same domain. You will report both orally and in written about your work and contribute to scientific publications. Finally, you will participate in the delivery of academic teaching within the department.     




We are looking for a motivated colleague with a professional academic and independent working attitude. You have a PhD in mechanical engineering, dynamics, geo-engineering, measuring techniques or a related domain, and are prepared for the next step in your academic career. You have solid experience with defining and programming frequency-domain models for structural dynamics; experience with finite element modelling/simulation packages and measurement techniques is an advantage. You are able to present and lecture in a clear, structured and motivating manner. Finally, it is of vital importance that you have excellent English language skills, have demonstrable experience with independent scientific writing and have excellent social skills.    


Conditions of employment


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.


Information and application


For more information about the content of this position, please contact Michaël Steenbergen via For queries concerning the procedure or formal questions, please contact the HR department via Desirée de Jong, To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, list of publications, 1 page abstract of your PhD thesis and letter of application in one single PDF entitled Lastname_CiTG19.12 by June 15 to


When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CITG19.12.



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