PhD: Ultrafast Laser Diagnostics in Renewable Aero Propulsion

Department/faculty: Faculty Aerospace Engineering
Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2266 - 2897 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.

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.The group performs research on innovative systems for sustainable propulsion and energy conversion. The PhD is focused on developing ultrafast laser diagnostics in reacting flows and/or processes at the microbial production of aviation biofuels.

Job description

The PhD candidate will develop innovative simultaneous hyperspectral imaging technologies (ultrafast coherent Raman spectroscopy/microscopy), with new powerful capabilities in retrieving spatially and temporally correlated chemical composition and temperature in rapid gas-phase reacting and culture media. Combustors and bioreactors will be investigated on the molecular level, whose transformative diagnostics make available unique in-situ functional studies in the search for new chemical and biological insight and fundamental mechanisms improving their performance. The goal is to reach complete understanding and build predictive engineering models of ultra-low emission combustion modes and renewable fuels (biofuels and H2) in aero propulsion.      


• You have a master’s degree with good scientific understanding in areas related to laser diagnostics, combustion systems, and/or microbial biofuel production.

• You have prior hands-on experience with optical experiments and lasers.

• You have experience with applied spectroscopy/microscopy. Experience in image analysis, signal theory and thermodynamics would be a plus.

• You are proficient in spoken and written English and have good communication and writing skills.

• You are independent and creative and have team spirit

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.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Dr. Alexis Bohlin, phone:+31 (0)15-2789231, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and letter of application by 31st of August 2018 to Kimberley Graauw, email:

When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR18-24.
If your MSc diploma and transcript are not in Dutch, English, French or German and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Aerospace Engineering
University Graduate
Working hours
38.0 hours weekly
4 years
2266 - 2897 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Aug. 31, 2018
Vacancy nr.


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