Assistant / Associate Prof in Imaging spectro-polarimetry

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Challenge: The combination of the complete polarimetric state of the light with spectroscopy and its emission location is of huge interest for the characterization of celestial bodies as well as Earth. The challenge is to retrieve the complete information transported by light aiming a full understanding of the physical processes it encounters.

Change: With a creative and collective intelligence process, the future of space mission can only be developed in a multidisciplinary and inspiring environment. The development of imaging spectropolarimetry technologies will participate to the Earth monitoring, its air quality and its climate change.

Impact: The ecosystem around TU-Deflt is very inspiring to develop innovative technologies for future space missions. The imaging spectro-polarimetry is an incredible lever arm to understand our universe and its diversity, which will help to realize the uniqueness of our Earth, and to preserve it.

Job description

The Space Instrumentation section of the Space Engineering department at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering is offering a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor. This research topic aims at the conception, the experimental breadboarding, and the implementation into space of imaging-spectro-polarimetry able to retrieve the Full-Stokes vector components. Compact and robust designs, available for miniaturization through the use of, for example, meta surfaces and/or photonics system should be foreseen.

For this role you should be specialized in the field of spectro-polarimetry and in the optical design of space instruments. Imaging spectro-polarimetry is considered an emerging and promising area to be developed for future space missions, not only for Earth/planetary observations and missions but also for solar physics, massive star investigations and others. As assistant professor you will be able to further develop existing research and to bring in new topics related to imaging spectro-polarimetry which have a clear societal relevance and offer attractive valorization opportunities. You will have to develop your own research, mostly experimental, in cooperation with the strategy of the section and in synergy with the Space Engineering department. You will participate and contribute to the maturation of the Space instrumentation section.

The research shall be a natural part of at least one of the two focus areas of the department: miniaturization and distributed space systems which provide the opportunity to integrate novel research in real space missions and closely interact with a team of researchers, engineers and students. The research will allow us to strengthen and extend relationships with industry, knowledge institutes and agencies. The quality of research will be competitive on the level of European research programs. In addition to research, the position comprises an equal amount of education, including teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising MSc and PhD students.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognized academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit     



  • Have a proven background in polarimetry and spectroscopy demonstrated by a PhD degree in Aerospace, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or Physics.
  • Advanced knowledge of polarimetric technics and related materials. (optical design, performance assessment, experimental work…)
  • Have an outstanding research record as demonstrated by excellent publications;
  • Have an affinity with the engineering of real space systems; Be acquainted with the space development/qualification procedures;
  • Have preferably experience in teaching at university level;
  • Have the ability to initiate and direct research projects demonstrated by obtained external funding and supervised students;
  • Have excellent communication and soft skills and an open-minded attitude;
  • Have an international profile with an active international network of scientific contacts.


  • Have the ability to do optical design on dedicated optical software, e.g., CODEV, ZEEMAX, ASAP, FRED, as well as end-to-end simulations
  • Experienced in experimental laboratory work
Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 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.
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.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Aerospace Engineering

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 250 PhD candidates and over 2,700 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond.

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Additional information

For information about the vacancy, please contact Jerome Loicq:


Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15-11-2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.
  • For information about the application procedure, please contact Debby van der Sande,   
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