Assistant Professor of System Analysis and Design for Large-Scale Transport and Logistics

Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: Tenure track
Salary: €3475 to €5405 per month gross

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Transport Engineering and Logistics (TEL) section, part of the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology, proposes and provides educates in new tools and methods for design, control, automation, simulation, and optimisation of mono- and multi-machine transport systems. The research and teaching involve the use of basic principles and applied engineering, with applications in transport and handling equipment, container/bulk terminals, port/intermodal logistics, and autonomous transport systems. Of particular interest are innovative concepts within and surrounding the domain of waterborne transport operations and logistics.

Job description

We are seeking an Assistant Professor of System Analysis and Design for Large-Scale Transport and Logistics, with a particular fascination for the organization and behavior of these systems. You will work on novel approaches for abstraction, modelling, and dynamic simulation of processes involving transport systems from equipment to network levels in industrial settings, while proposing new systems-of-systems design concepts. You are fascinated by Industry 4.0 ideas and logistics enhancing methods in rapidly developing environments with more modularization, autonomous transport components and robotics. You will make an active contribution to the group’s research and education curriculum for both the Bachelor and Master programs. You will develop and give lectures and supervise Master students with an engineering background in their final year. Initiating and carrying out high-level research projects and publishing research in leading journals are essential parts of the job.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• A PhD and/or strong track record in the domain of (large-scale) industrial or maritime transport engineering and logistics;
• Excellent ability of abstraction for both qualitative and quantitative modelling (e.g., the Delft Systems Approach and process oriented simulation);
• Knowledge of systems analysis and design methods, simulation principles, and mathematical modelling in general;
• Excellent scientific credentials or extensive relevant practical experience;
• Experience with and ability to work in teams in an academic, interdisciplinary environment with engineers as well as people in other disciplines;
• Excellent didactic qualities and experience in teaching.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.
The 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.
The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dingena Schott, phone: +31 (0)15-2783130, e-mail: To apply, please send a detailed and up-to-date CV, motivation letter, research plan, teaching statement, contact data of three references and a copy of the publication or engineering report you are most proud of. Please e-mail your application by 31 August 2017 to Nathalie van Benthem,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-30.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
PhD degree
Working hours
Tenure track
€3475 to €5405 per month gross

Closing date
Aug. 31, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Dingena Schott, Associate Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2783130

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Nathalie van Benthem/HR.