Post-doc Propulsion Airframe Integration

Department/faculty: Aerospace Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 2 years
Salary: €3111 to €4084 per month gross

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 post-doctoral research position is within the CENTERLINE Project sponsored by the European Commission within the H2020 framework programme. The research is focused on fundamental investigations of Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) as well as the propulsive fuselage concept (PFC) and its application to civil aircraft. The post-doctoral researcher is expected to carry out the initial design and analysis of the proposed concept and optimise the design. It is expected that the researcher will also participate in the experimental wind tunnel campaigns within the project.

Job description

The post-doctoral researcher will perform the following tasks within the CENTERLINE project:
• Use simplified, high-fidelity numerical methods (e.g. axisymmetric RANS) to evaluate basic aerodynamic properties of selected aspects.
• Evaluate boundary layer thickness expected before the propulsor for various flight conditions.
• Evaluate the impact of the empennage on the propulsor in-flow conditions.
• Evaluate the difference in pressure drag due to the presence of the propulsor.
• Evaluate the effect of casing around the propulsor and optimise the pressure losses in the duct.
• Optimise the nozzle geometry based on high-fidelity aerodynamic simulation results.
Perform analysis of the constrained design space and identify the most promising design candidates for detailed aerodynamic optimisation (e.g. 2-3 baselines) and experimental investigation.
• Ensure conformity of aerodynamic design decision making with entire system design concept.


The applicant must hold a PhD in Aerospace Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and must have a good command of the English language. We are looking for candidates with a strong background in numerical and/or experimental aerodynamics. Furthermore, experience in the fields of propulsion system design and integration and aircraft design are considered benefical.

Conditions of employment

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.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Voskuijl, phone:+31 (0)15-2783992, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, two references, and a letter of application by 1 July 2017 to Dr. Voskuijl, When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR17-21.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Aerospace Engineering
PhD degree
Working hours
2 years
€3111 to €4084 per month gross

Closing date
July 1, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Mark Voskuijl, Assistant Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2783992

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Mark Voskuijl/AWEP.