Post-Doc Position In Aeroelastic Optimisation Of Manufacturable Variable Stiffness Structure
Delft University of Technology Faculty Aerospace Engineering

Post-Doc Position In Aeroelastic Optimisation Of Manufacturable Variable Stiffness Structure


Department/faculty: Faculty Aerospace Engineering

Level: University Graduate

Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly

Contract: 1,5 year

Salary: 3123 - 4274 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date

    May 25, 2019


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.


The Department of Aerospace Materials and Structures is dedicated to research on and development of structures and materials. Multiple groups cover the range from fundamental material science to full-scale structural component testing.  Two research groups at TU Delft are involved in this project.


The Aerospace Structures & Computational Mechanics group combines engineering expertise with the use of advanced computational tools and experimental activities in order to develop design solutions relevant to industrial needs. The final product of research can be a (scaled) innovative prototype pushing the technology boundaries or computer software dedicated to industrial use.


The Aerospace Manufacturing Technology group focusses on product and process innovation with advanced polymer composites. Its interdisciplinary research between materials science, engineering and manufacturing provides building blocks for novel industrial technologies.


Job description


Carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRPs) exhibit superior strength and stiffness at low weight which makes them increasingly attractive in aerospace structures. However, by steering the fibres rather than laying them in straight paths, the mechanical properties of the composite can be continuously changed over the structure. This change leads to even more efficient structures, and thus a reduction in weight and emissions. During initial design, often homogenised properties (e.g., lamination parameters) are used as design variables. During this stage the physical lay-out of the structure is not known. This homogenisation in turn leads to a loss in mechanical performance if an optimized  design based on homogenized properties is transformed within real manufacturing constraints.


This work will aim at developing novel optimisation algorithms to take into account manufacturing constraints during initial design stages. This will give the end-users a realistic image of how the part will look like, and possible manufacturing constraints that are overlooked initially can be spotted earlier on. In particular, the loss in performance while doing detailed manufacturing planning should be considerably reduced.


Results will include two case studies on real-world applications to highlight the potential of the developed algorithms. This Post-doc is part of the AGILE 4.0 Project (Towards cyber-physical collaborative aircraft development), a European Horizon 2020 project.




We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher with excellent qualifications with a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related subject. An affinity to optimisation work and a basic knowledge of aeroelasticity is a prerequisite. The candidate should have a very good command of English language, in direct communication as well as writing skills and should enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment.


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.


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.






Information and application


For information about this vacancy, you can contact Associate Professor Roeland De Breuker, or Senior Researcher Daniël Peeters,


We look forward for your applications by May 24th 2019, which shall include your CV with two reference letters and two further references, an academic transcript of courses completed and a brief statement motivation and research interests, compiled into a single pdf file named lastname_firstname_yearofbirth.pdf to be send to Applications not complying will not be taken into consideration. When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR19.09.



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