Post PhD Researcher at Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position in aerospace engineering. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

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. The department consists of multiple groups that together cover the range from fundamental material science to full-scale structural component testing.

The Structural Integrity and Composites group focuses on the performance needs of future structures and products by intergrating design, safety, manufacturing, and maintenance. The group has a unique reputation in the field of fatigue of structures and materials, combined with expertise in structural hybrid/composite concept development and manufacturing for assuring structural integrity during all phases of the entire operational life.

In Down to the Ground, art historians, conservators and scientists will investigate the impact of coloured grounds through three interwoven subprojects. Subproject 3 (post-doc) develops innovative non-invasive depth-resolved spectral imaging instrumentation (DRSI) to support research into visual and optical characteristics and colour changes. Ground layers are applied to prepare supports for painting. Ground colours have a profound effect on painting methods and the visual characteristics of finished pictures; an effect that increases as paintings age. In the Renaissance, painters used white grounds. Coloured grounds originate in late 15th-century Italy and spread North around 1550. They gave rise to a new way of painting, with an emphasis on tonality and chiaroscuro, culminating in for example, the work of Rubens and Rembrandt. The Down to the Ground research team unites (technical) art historians and conservators from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) with scientists from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and is supported by Museum Partners from major national and international museums.

The postdoc will develop new analytical instrumentation to capture the as the partial transparency of the paint layers results in spectral contributions by different layers to the overall visual appearance, requiring depth resolved spectral imaging measurements to fully understand the physics of the optical effects. He/she will furthermore investigate the optical properties of grounds and their optical interaction with other paint layers, to model and develop novel depth-resolved spectral imaging (DRSI) instrumentation that helps analyse artist's methods and to evaluate the optical effects of material degradation. In addition, the postdoc will develop models of light interaction with materials using a combination of ray tracing and wave propagation models.

- a relevant PhD in optics or photonics, focusing on optical coherence tomography, light scattering or spectral imaging

- outstanding research qualities, manifested in an excellent publication record for your career stage

- demonstrable experience with optical instrumentation development, experimental research, and ideally signal processing and modelling of optical systems

- the willingness to travel for on-site research in museums, conferences;

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, please contact Roger Groves, phone:+31 (0)15-2788230, e-mail: For general information on the application procedure, you may contact G. van der Windt, phone: +31 (15)2789617, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, references, list of publications, and letter of application by15 November2018 to Roger Groves,


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