PhD position

PhD position 
Noise synthesis for new sustainable aircraft concepts

Aviation is facing an enormous challenge in meeting the Paris Climate Agreement goals. Therefore the aviation sector is working on new propulsion concepts such as electric and hybrid electric aircraft. These propeller driven concepts will not only be more sustainable, but also produce less noise. But how much noise, what kind of noise and how this noise will be perceived by people living near airports is still unknown.

The NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre) is looking for a new colleague and PhD candidate for our VCNS Noise Synthesis Tool. The Virtual Community Noise Simulator (VCNS) is an innovation to support airport communities and other stakeholders who want to experience aircraft noise in their own environment.

This joint NLR – TU Delft project aims at improving and further developing the VCNS system, such that it becomes applicable to a wider range of aircraft types, in particular future new propulsion aircraft that are currently being designed.

The job
You will investigate the possibility to improve the source signal generator of the VCNS by using scaled wind tunnel data, semi-empirical modelling and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. Our goal is to excel in research. The research will lead to a PhD dissertation as well as a number of scientific publications within a 4 year period.


  • Finished (Research) Master e.g. aerospace engineering, applied physics, applied mathematics, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering; A combination of good mathematical/analytical skills and engineering skills;
  • A strong interest in performing field and wind tunnel experiments is required;
  • Advanced programming skills are advantageous for this position;
  • Inspiring discussion partner and team player;
  • Excellent in speaking and writing in Dutch and English.

Our offer
You will be employed by NLR as a PhD candidate. NLR offers you a 4-year research contract, as well as the opportunity to build a professional network in aerospace.
As a PhD candidate, you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of TU Delft, providing an inspiring research environment, i.e. an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. Further, the Graduate School offers a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

Please visit for more information. For more information about the PhD aspects of this position, please contact Prof. dr. D.G. Simons, phone: +31 (0)15-2788145, e-mail:

Applications can be addressed to Paul Eijssen, and need to be submitted before 17th of May 2019 to the Personnel and Organisation Department att. Claudia Boerlage ( with reference to vacancy number AOEP-21.


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