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PhD Position Multi-Fidelity Probabilistic Design Framework for Complex Marine Structures

    Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    02/07/2020 01:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Delft

Current design methods are severely limited when considering the challenges of designing safe and effective structural systems for future marine systems such as complex autonomous ships, mega floating sea-structures, floating wind turbines, or delta infrastructures. Such new complex marine systems have sizes and lifetime operability and reliability requirements unlike anything we have previously engineered. Accounting for the extreme loading and fatigue situations these structures will face during their lifetime is a particularly challenging design problem. As engineers seek innovative solutions to further tap the potential of the maritime sector, they will need advanced design and analysis methods to understand whether these systems are sufficiently reliable.

The main challenge for the PhD will be devoted to developing new methods to identify relevant sea states expected to lead to extreme loading of these novel systems and determine the resulting statistics of lifetime loading and fatigue.

The Department of Maritime and Transport Technology (MTT) studies how to develop, design, build and operate marine, dredging and transport systems and their equipment. New generation transport and marine systems require the further development of the knowledge of the dynamics and the physical processes involved in transport, dredging and marine systems, the logistics of the systems and the interaction between the equipment and control systems. For more information on the research activities of M&TT department, please see:


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.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Selection process

Applications should include:

  • a letter of motivation explaining why you are the right candidate for this project,
  • a detailed CV,
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades),
  • your Master Thesis (at least as draft),
  • any publications, and a list of projects you have worked on with brief descriptions of your contributions (max 2 pages),
  • the names and email addresses of two or three references.

All these items should be combined in one PDF document. Applications should be submitted at the earliest convenience to application-3mE@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TUD00058. The review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The intended starting date is October 1, 2020.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

Additional comments

If you have specific questions about this position, please contact Dr. Harleigh Seyffert (email: H.C.Seyffert@tudelft.nl). Always specify the vacancy number in the email subject. Please do not send applications to this email.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with a MSc degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering/ Maritime Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a related subject with strong interests in marine structures, hydrodynamics, digital signal processing, and data mining or “big data” techniques. Experience in the fatigue of marine structures, probability, and statistics is a major plus. Strong communications skills and a very good command of the English language are required.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Delft University of Technology
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 508877
Posting organisation offer ID: 290917


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