Postdoc Position: Design of Structural Health Management Platform

TU Delft University
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 31 October 2017

Post-doc: Design of Structural Health Management Platform

Department/faculty: Aerospace Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 3 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 Department of Aerospace Materials and Structures is dedicated to research on and development of structures and materials. The department consists of multiple groups that together cover the range from fundamental material science to full-scale structural component testing.


The Structural Integrity and Composites group focuses on the performance needs of future structures and products by intergrating design, safety, manufacturing, and maintenance. The group has a unique reputation in the field of fatigue of structures and materials, combined with expertise in structural hybrid/composite concept development and manufacturing for assuring structural integrity during all phases of the entire operational life.

Postdoc Position: Job description

Within the framework of the EU project ‘Enabling Qualification of Hybrid Structures for Lightweight and Safe Maritime Transport – QUALIFY’, you will design a health management platform for in-situ monitoring of adhesively bonded hybrid joints under different environmental and operational conditions. More specifically, your job contains three main parts:
1. Sensor topology optimisation and reliability analysis of the monitoring system
2. Effect of environmental and operational conditions on the detection capabilities of the monitoring system
3. Structural integrity analysis of adhesively bonded joints.


The applicant must hold a PhD degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering and have a strong background in structural health monitoring, preferably in acoustic and strain-based techniques. Knowledge of advanced signal processing and programming languages, such as Python or Matlab, is required. Knowledge of mechanics of composite materials will be considered an advantage.

It is expected that the researcher will contribute to academic activities of the group by publishing peer-reviewed papers, attending international conferences, assisting in writing new project proposals, and supervising undergraduate students.

The applicant should have an open personality and excellent English language proficiency in order to cooperate with EU partners and colleagues.

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 Dimitrios Zarouchas, phone:+31 (0)15-2785481, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, two references, and a motivation letter by 31 October 2017 to Gemma van der Windt,
When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR17-32.

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