Two PhD Positions Next Generation Data-Driven Aviation Environmental Footprinting

Research / Academic

In the efforts towards sustainable aviation, we want to be able to maintain the societal benefits that aviation brings while reducing the negative environmental effects it has on its surroundings. To do so, we need to have ways to better understand its environmental footprint and the impact new technologies will have.
While most approaches so far primarily use models and forecasts, this project aims to utilise the increasingly available real-time information from aircraft and sensors in the surroundings of airports. Together with EUROCONTROL and 8 other European partners, which include universities, research institutes, and the industry, the selected candidates will work towards innovative, real-time, data-driven monitoring approaches which will be embedded in the current regulatory models. The two positions focus each on noise and air quality respectively, combining measurements in the surroundings of airports, aircraft activity and performance data, together with appropriate AI methods.
The PhD positions will be hosted in the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects Section of the Department of Control and Operations of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The mission of the Department of Control and Operations is to improve the safety and efficiency of operations in aerospace and to reduce the impact on the environment. The department comprises three sections: Control and Simulation, which focuses on the development of advanced automatic control systems (including the role of the human operator), Air Transport Operations, which aims to improve operational performance in terms of capacity, safety and economy, and Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects, which focuses on reducing aircraft noise, emissions and the effects of aviation on climate change and air quality.


- The candidates should have a Master's degree in an area relevant to the subject, e.g. aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, applied mathematics/physics, atmospheric science, or other related area.
- A combination of good analytical and programming skills with a strong interest in interdisciplinary work is advantageous for this position.
Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Salary Benefits:

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts 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.

Work Hours:

38 - 40 hours per week


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