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PhD Position Flow Control of Transitional and Separating Flows

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Work on cutting-edge research in the field of Flow Control with opportunity for research stays in Canada.

Job description

About the project

The project aims at gaining understanding of transitional and separating flows on wings and developing novel passive or active flow control techniques. Our team is closely collaborating with the group of Professor Serhiy Yarusevych at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and opportunities for research stays are available within this project.

About the team

We are a young, international and diverse team of colleagues around the newly founded chair of Flow Control. We approach problems in a horizontal “team spirit” and continuously traverse boundaries between theory, simulations, and experiments towards understanding and controlling fluid flows. In our team, we strive for a cocreative and stimulating environment where we can develop our skills as a scientist, team member and teacher. We place great emphasis on a collegial working environment where everyone is welcome and encouraged to shape their own PhD track.


Almost 90% of our laboratory and offices are wheelchair accessible, including all wind tunnel facilities. If you’d have any specific concerns about accessibility, please don’t hesitate to contact us (please see below for contact information).


You (m/f/x) should meet the following requirements:

  • MSc degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering, or applied physics;
  • Background in fluid mechanics (e.g. MSc thesis on a fluids-related topic);
  • Good track record in BSc and MSc degrees;
  • Proficiency in the English language, both oral and written;
  • Strong motivation towards pursuing a PhD and willingness to develop diverse skills;
  • Enthusiastic about working in an energetic team with other researchers.

The following skills are also highly appreciated:

  • Knowledge of flow stability and transition processes;
  • Knowledge of experimental measurement techniques for fluid mechanics.

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.

Conditions of employment

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 € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 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, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.


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 270 PhD candidates and close to 3000 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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Marios Kotsonis, e-mail:

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15 October 2023 via the application button and upload:

  • A motivation letter (1 page max.)
  • Detailed CV
  • BSc and MSc Transcripts
  • An extract of a scientific document you wrote in English (e.g. an article or your MSc thesis, 1 page maximum)
  • Names and contacts information of at least two references (support letters not needed)    

Please note:

  • 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.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.