Netherlands: 2 PhD Positions in Integrated Design & Control of Hybrid Ship Systems at Delft University of Technology

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We seek two talented and ambitious PhD candidates for a challenging, multidisciplinary research project on design and control of a new generation of ships. The PhD positions are defined within the framework of the NWO/STW Maritime programme “ShipDrive: A Novel Methodology for Dynamic Integrated Modelling, Control and Optimisation of Hybrid Ship Systems”.

Within this project the main objectives are:
• to define a novel design and optimisation methodology for integrating hybrid propulsion and energy systems on board ships, and
• to define control strategies based on functional criteria for hybrid ship systems on several control layers.

The design and control criteria will include running cost of the ship asset, fuel consumption and influence on the environment in terms of emissions and radiated (underwater) noise.

In the project, the potential of the proposed approaches will be assessed in the specific and demanding maritime environment. This makes the research both innovative and highly applicable to actual issues in the maritime industry, the government and society.

The new researchers working on this project will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team of academic experts, as well as with leading industrial partners. This will allow the realisation of new, innovative, fundamental design and control contributions as well as the opportunity to demonstrate their practical relevance via state-of-the-art demonstrators.


We are seeking two outstanding and enthusiastic researchers with a strong interest in the development of novel ship systems and control algorithms and who have expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas:
• maritime technology, vessel design, functional system design, system integration,
• control, optimisation, dynamical systems, simulation, graph theory, power systems.
You have obtained an MSc or equivalent degree or expect to obtain one very soon related to these areas. Good spoken and written English is mandatory.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with contracts of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’). 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 for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Rudy Negenborn, phone: +31 (0)15-2786718, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a transcript of grades obtained during your MSc studies, and the names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) of two references by 31 January 2014 to Dr. Negenborn,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME13-41.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The essence of Maritime and Transport Technology is to develop, design, build and operate marine, dredging and transport systems and their equipment. In the past decades many new concepts and systems have been developed in this sector. Due to strong public pressure for more efficient and safer transport, it can be expected that this trend will continue at increased speed. New generation transport and marine systems have to be based on new concepts, using distributed intelligence, combined with the application of smart components.

Additional information

Rudy Negenborn
+31 (0)15-2786718
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