Postdoc: Ultrafast molecular spectroscopy of renewable high-energy carriers in aero-propulsio

Research / Academic

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 more than 100 academic staff members. 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 Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments within the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The department operates comprehensive laboratories equipped with modern wind tunnels and state-of-the-art measurement systems. The Flight Performance and Propulsion (FPP) section is one of three sections within the AWEP Department. The FPP section focuses on aircraft design, flight mechanics, aircraft propulsion systems, and aircraft engine integration. The Propulsion and Power group performs research on innovative systems for sustainable propulsion and energy conversion. This involves exploring new combustion regimes and technologies that will allow to drastically reduce pollutant emissions using the most advanced diagnostic techniques.

The goal of this research is to contribute to the advancement of new clean combustion technology for aero propulsion, with increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. It involves developing transformative ultrafast laser diagnostics to investigate combustion at molecular level. These unique optical tools make available highly accurate in-situ measurements of temperature and key-species concentration in a non-intrusive way, which provides valuable insights and the understanding of critical combustion and physical mechanisms. This improved understanding is crucial for development of next generation low emission combustion systems.

We seek a highly motivated postdoc who will conduct experimental research and contribute to the coaching of PhD students at the Propulsion and Power Laboratory of Delft University of Technology. Central for the project is to develop and build state-of-the-art ultrafast laser diagnostics and remote sensing techniques for retrieving spatially and temporally correlated chemical composition and temperature in combustion systems. In your research, you will be part of a group investigating sustainable aero propulsion. The position will be shared between two experimental activities: 1) Ultrafast coherent Raman spectroscopy of distributed auto-ignition combustion modes with reduced NOx emission. 2) Development of coherent Raman imaging for the study of critical mechanisms implementing renewable high-energy carriers (H2 and biofuels) in aero-propulsion.  


  • Applicants should have a PhD degree from a renowned institution in mechanical, aerospace or energy engineering, engineering physics, or any other technical discipline deemed relevant for the proposed research.
  • Research experience with experimental optical physics, non-linear optical spectroscopy/microscopy, femtosecond lasers, reacting flows, canonical flames, high-energy carriers, and renewable fuels is highly appreciated.
  • Strong motivation, creativity, and proactivity are required.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills are necessary in order to properly integrate into the fairly large, diverse and international team.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English (English supervision).

Salary Benefits:

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.

You will have 232 hours of paid leave each year and in addition to your salary, at TU Delft you will receive an annual holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8,3% of your salary.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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