Post-doc: Acoustical Foams for Wind Energy & Aerospace Applications

Department/faculty: Aerospace Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €3111 to €3722 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.

While the faculty is organisationally split into separate departments, there are also numerous inter-departmental collaborations. The vacant position is within an externally funded project involving both the aero-acoustics group and the novel aerospace materials group, aiming to reduce the noise levels of both wind turbine blades and jet engine components. Hence, in this project we combine our internationally renowned expertise in detailed determination of aero-acoustical noise and its origin as well as our expertise in creating novel materials with dedicated microstructures and properties.

Job description

We are looking for an experimental materials scientist/engineer with a keen interest in creating metallic, ceramic, polymeric or hybrid porous materials to pre-specified topological and material requirements. These porous materials are then to be tested by other researchers working with the acoustic set-up in our dedicated wind tunnels. More specifically, the researcher will work with three departments on the challenging task of creating a new noise absorption material featuring both aerodynamic and structural properties for abatement of rotor and airframe noise. The equipment to make these porous materials is generally already available at the TU Delft, but there is also ample scope to develop new processes. Quantification of the topology and the mechanical and physical properties of the foams also forms part of the job profile.
Finally, the researcher is expected to make independent contributions to the planned scientific publications presenting the results from this project to the outside world.    


We are looking for a creative, experienced, and self-motivated material scientist with well-documented skill in (porous) material manufacturing. As the design targets are very high, we expect the candidate to have a PhD degree in an appropriate field of materials manufacturing, but in case of very relevant expertise, candidates with an MSc degree may also be considered. Excellent collaborative and contractual skills are required in order to set up optimal working relationships with the various parties involved in the programme.

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 Prof. S. van der Zwaag, phone:+31 (0)15-2782248, e-mail: For general information about the application procedure, you may contact Daniele Ragni, To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, list of publications, contact details of two references, and a letter of application by 24 July 2017 to Ms. Shanta Visser,
When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR17-22.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Aerospace Engineering
PhD degree
Working hours
4 years
€3111 to €3722 per month gross

Closing date
July 24, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact S. van der Zwaag, Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2782248

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Shanta Visser/AWEP & ASM.