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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Railway Engineering 2017, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Publish Date: Feb 28, 2017

Deadline: Mar 01, 2017

Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of the departments of Transport and Planning, Structural Engineering, Geoscience and Engineering, Water Management, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

The Railway Engineering group is part of the Structural Engineering Department and is internationally leading. The group focuses on the physics of interaction between rail infrastructure and rolling stock over both the short and long term (including degradation), life-cycle design of railway assets, development of dedicated materials, and environmental impact in the form of noise and vibration. The work is strongly multi-/interdisciplinary, with the most relevant disciplines being mathematics, (contact/frictional) mechanics, dynamics, tribology, metallurgy, geo-engineering, monitoring, and data processing. The group is strongly anchored in the national rail sector and is internationally well embedded.

Job description

In this interesting post-doc position you will work closely together with others to formulate and coordinate research at the interface between structural dynamics and geo-engineering. You will analyse, interpret and report measuring data in a context of railway infrastructure monitoring. The final objective is the modelling and prediction of long-term structural behaviour of railway infrastructural assets. You will also broaden and strengthen your background in railway research by participating in research projects that do not directly match your existing competencies. Finally, you contribute to the delivery of academic teaching provided by our group.


We are looking for a motivated colleague with an open, academic and independent working attitude. You have a PhD in mechanical engineering, dynamics, geo-engineering, measuring techniques or a related domain, and are prepared for the next step in your academic career. You have solid experience with data analysis; experience with finite element modelling/simulation packages is an advantage. You are able to present and lecture in a clear, structured and motivating manner. Finally, it is of vital importance that you have excellent English language skills, both spoken and written, and that you are both communicative and professional.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers an attractive, customisable compensation and benefits package, including 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 day care, before- and after-school care 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 about this position, please contact Michael Steenbergen, phone: +31 (0)15-2783385, e-mail: M.J.M.M.Steenbergen. For more information about the procedure, please contact Martine van de Vorst, HR Advisor, phone: +31 6 38147667 or To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, list of publications, and letter of application by 1 March 2017 to Michael Steenbergen, uniquely via

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