Research/Post PhD Position in Dronesnapper Project

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in aerospace engineering at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. The funds for this position are available for two years. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

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 Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments within the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The department operates comprehensive laboratories equipped with modern wind tunnels and state-of-the-art measurement systems.

The Flight Performance and Propulsion (FPP) section is one of three sections within the AWEP Department. The FPP section focuses on aircraft design, flight mechanics, aircraft propulsion systems, and aircraft engine integration.

TU Delft, is the largest and oldest Dutch public technological university. It is one of the best universities for engineering and technology worldwide. In 2017, TU Delft ranked 4th worldwide, and 1st within Europe, in the subject of Aerospace Engineering in the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The Flight Performance group focuses on advanced and innovative aircraft configurations, novel propulsion concepts, and aircraft engine integration. The mission of FPP is to advance the design of innovative aircraft configurations and propulsion concepts, by exploration of new technologies to obtain novel or improved solutions, advances in flight physics to improve the prediction and simulation of air-vehicle performance, and new methods and tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of the design process.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with experience in the fields of aerodynamic design, propulsion integration and flight dynamics, to work on the DroneSnapper project. This project has the aim to design and develop a flying demonstrator of a full electric unmanned aerial vehicle. This vehicle should be capable of intercepting small drones at distances ranging from 50 to 600 meters.

The DroneSnapper project has a duration of one year and is funded by the Dutch Department of Defense. Work will be performed in collaboration with two Dutch engineering companies, Modular Marine and T-minus Engineering. The succesful applicant will be active in the recently founded Scaled Flight Testing Lab of the Flight Performance and Propulsion research group at Delft University of Technology. Approximately one day a week will be spent at the Netherlands Defence Academy.

The main responsibilities of the researcher are the aerodynamic design of the unmanned aerial vehicle and the simulation of flight trajectories. In the initial phase of the project, the focus will be on the definition of the top level aircraft requirements in close collaboration with all stakeholders. In the final phase of the project, flight test data will be analysed and compared with simulations performed in the design phase.

- MSc or PhD in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering

- Experience with setting-up and running of Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations, and ability to critically analyse and evaluate CFD results.

The applicant is subject to a security screening by the Dutch Department of Defense.

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.

To apply, please send a detailes CV, along with a short letter of motivation, contact information of two persons who can provide references, a publication list, an abstract of your MSc en PhD thesis and two selected publications. Please send your application by 1 November 2018 to Dr.Ir. M. Voskuijl, e-mail When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR18.25.


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