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PhD researcher Aeroacoustics of Optimized Disruptive Airframe-Propulsion Integration Concepts

Job description

Would you like to contribute to reduce continuously environmental impact in the face of continuing expansion in demand for aviation?

The fulfilment of the ACARE Flightpath 2050 objectives in terms of improved mobility, protecting the environment while ensuring the technological lead of Europe, will not be achieved without the introduction of radically new ideas. This PhD position, part of the H2020 ENODISE project, supports this ambition. In this PhD project, you will investigate the interactions between engines and aerodynamic surfaces aiming to provide solutions for better assessment of the gains of evolutionary and disruptive architectures. You will simultaneously consider the aerodynamic performance and noise reduction targeting Personal Air Vehicles (PAVs) being developed for on-demand Urban Air Mobility (UAM).

Figure 1: Example of the NASA X-57 Maxwell distributed electric propulsion plane. Source:

  • You will perform daily PhD-level research and educational activities, cooperate and exchange knowledge within the research team;
  • You will closely collaborate within the ENODISE network and H2020 related projects;
  • You will be required to travel abroad and perform multiple short/middle term stays for tests and scientific exchange in the premises of our research partners;
  • You will be required to publish your results in highly reputable research journals.

Your profile

  • A strong interest in science, aircraft engineering, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and experimental (wind tunnel aeroacoustic) research;
  • Critical and creative approach to research, as well as sharp analytical skills;
  • Capability to tackle complex problems independently, but also be able to work with interdisciplinary teams;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills to organize research with both academics and professionals;
  • Good communication (verbal and writing) skills in English;
  • Confirmed capacity to write high-level scientific reports and papers;
  • Interested in participating in educational tasks;
  • A BSc and/or MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Aeronautics, Astronautics, Aerospace, …
  • Preferably experience in working in a complex aerodynamic laboratory environment;
  • Preferably experience with (aeroacoustic) wind tunnel experiments;
  • Preferably familiarized with the most common wind tunnel experimentation techniques;
  • Women are especially encouraged to apply.


You are welcome to contact Dr. L. D. de Santana for any questions you might have, email:

Please upload your application with the following documents via the ‘Apply now’ button:

  • CV (the Europass format is preferred
  • Motivation letter explaining why this position is the best match for your personal development, career and why you are the best fit for our research group.
  • BSc and MSc grade lists
  • Letters of recommendation, and names of possible references
  • Documentation proving your English proficiency is appreciated
  • Please submit your application before 01-03-2020 Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents.
Information about the research group and facilities: 
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Our offer

We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
  • We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities. 
  • You will be part of a dedicated team with which you will collaborate extensively with industry.
  • A starting salary of  2.325,00 gross per month in the first year and increasing to € 2.972,00 gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities. 
Your first responsibility is to carry out the research, but you are also encouraged to acquire teaching experience. We support you to broaden your knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in national and international conferences and workshops and by visiting industrial companies, research institutes, and universities worldwide.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.
PhD researcher Aeroacoustics of Optimized Disruptive Airframe-Propulsion Integration Concepts
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