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Assistant Professor Dynamics of Ship and Offshore Structures

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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As one of three Assistant Professors in the section, you are expected to cover research and education in the field of vibration and noise of ship and offshore structures. The core of this research will focus on material configurations that satisfy structural requirements and help to withstand and reduce noise and vibrations. This includes enabling the production and joining practices needed for implementation into practice. Among other goals, your research will help to reduce the noise transmitted to the marine environment from human activity. You will seek external research sponsorship through national and international sources, including (but not limited to) industry, NWA (Dutch National Scientific Agenda), European Union funding, and/or NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). Collaborative initiation and execution of research projects is expected on the university, national, and international levels. We expect that your research will have a positive impact on both societal concerns and industrial practice. Toward that end, you will work toward wide dissemination of your results, through publications in esteemed journals, open science, and FAIR data principles. Commercialization of your research through patents and startups is also encouraged. You will teach at the bachelors and masters level, and your main courses will be a third-year bachelor’s course entitled Complex Loads and Vibrations plus one other. You will be expected to lead PhD research, masters research, and bachelor’s projects in relevant fields. We are curious about your research and teaching statements.

The Ship and Offshore Structures (SAOS) group of the Maritime and Transportation Technology (MTT) Department is a key global player in research and education in the field of ship and offshore structures. Our mission is to educate engineers and scientists, and to answer questions emerging from our curiosity and from structural design and operation of ship and offshore structures by carrying out fundamental and applied research. Present formation of the scientific staff is: a full professor, an associate professor, two assistant professors, a researcher, a post-doc and 14 PhD candidates.

Our research and education focus on structural integrity and longevity, addressing: (i) loading & structural response, including fluid-structure interactions and non-destructive evaluation; and (ii) limit states of materials, joints and structures, including (multiaxial) fatigue, fracture, and ultimate strength. Section members play a vital role for the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC). We operate unique testing systems including a hexapod, capable of exerting 6-degree of freedom loads up to 1 MN at frequencies up to 30 Hz. The section members teach 5 courses (20 ECTS) in the BSc Marine Technology curriculum, and 5 courses (25 ECTS) in the MSc Marine Technology and MSc Offshore & Dredging Engineering curricula. On average, 15 master students graduate annually in our section.

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You should be a scientist or R&D-oriented engineer holding a PhD degree in a field relevant to vibrations, noise, and complex loading of ship and offshore structures. In order of preference, we seek candidates who are strong in analytical modelling, experimental validation, and numerical simulation. Engineering experience and knowledge of production aspects are desired. We require proof of your excellent contribution and collaboration in research programs. Evidence of teaching excellence and a passion for teaching are highly desired. You should be motivated to gain the respect of students and peers based on your excellent teaching. As part of our commitment to diversity, women are especially encouraged to apply.


A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: €3637-€5656 per month). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Informeren en solliciteren

For more information about this position, please contact dr. Carey Walters, Associate professor, email: c.l.walters@tudelft.nl.


To apply, please e-mail to c.l.walters@tudelft.nl your motivation letter, curriculum vitae, research plan, teaching statement, contact data of three referees and a copy of the publication or engineering report you are most proud of.

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TUD00104. Your application should be received before 1st of July 2020; however, the recruiting process will continue until a suitable candidate has been appointed. The intended employment date is 1st of September 2020.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

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