Research/Post Doctoral Position in DroneSnapper project

Research / Academic


We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with experience in the fields of aerodynamic design, propulsion integration and flight dynamics, to work on the DroneSnapper project. This project has the aim to design and develop a flying demonstrator of a full electric unmanned aerial vehicle. This vehicle should be capable of intercepting small drones at distances ranging from 50 to 600 meters.

The DroneSnapper project has a duration of one year and is funded by the Dutch Department of Defense. Work will be performed in collaboration with two Dutch engineering companies, Modular Marine and T-minus Engineering. The succesful applicant will be active in the recently founded Scaled Flight Testing Lab of the Flight Performance and Propulsion research group at Delft University of Technology. Approximately one day a week will be spent at the Netherlands Defence Academy.

The main responsibilities of the researcher are the aerodynamic design of the unmanned aerial vehicle and the simulation of flight trajectories. In the initial phase of the project, the focus will be on the definition of the top level aircraft requirements in close collaboration with all stakeholders. In the final phase of the project, flight test data will be analysed and compared with simulations performed in the design phase.  


Basic qualifications:

- MSc or PhD in Aerospace or Mechanical  Engineering

- Expertise in Aerodynamic Design, Propulsion Integration and Flight Dynamics

- Fluent English, verbal and written

Preferred Skills:

- Programming in MATLAB/Simulink

- Experience with setting-up and running of Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations, and ability to critically analyse and evaluate CFD results.

-  Ability to work in a team

-  Affinity with experimental testing of UAVs

-  Good communication skills


The applicant is subject to a security screening by the Dutch Department of Defense.  

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.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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