Postdoc EUROGUARD: European Goal Based Multi Mission Autonomous Naval Reference Platform Development – Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) – Delft

  • Delft

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Recent geo-political developments and related security challenges have accentuated the need for rapid response capabilities by well-coordinated EU naval vessel fleets with advanced platform and systems’ technologies. On the requirements side, rapid adaptability to ever changing scenarios, optimal capabilities deployment and resilience along with high-level situational awareness and minimum human-on-the spot presence are needed. On the solutions side, high vessel automation along with safe communications and effective combat management must be provided. In addition, EU naval fleets are committed to reduce their environmental footprint by intelligent use of Power and Propulsion Energy (PPE) systems and clean fuels.

The relations between the naval vessel functions and the corresponding physical vessel systems must be referenced and implemented in the vessel architecture so that the impact of design choices and new technologies can be made visible. This also means that differing naval missions and environmental conditions require different vessel solutions and Concepts of Operations (CONOPS). The ability to capture the European operational concepts, the required functionalities, and specific constraints per intended CONOPS can be provided by a common System Architecture for European navies.

Project EUROGUARD will combine state-of-the-art and innovative technologies to study, design, prototype and demonstrate the viability of a versatile medium-sized semi-autonomous surface (MSAS) naval vessel. In addition, the MSAS will also demonstrate the benefits offered by a common System Architecture for future European semi- and fully autonomous naval ships.

This PhD project specifically aims to support the development of a Generic European Naval System Architecture (GENSA) based on Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and applicable to future European autonomous naval vessels and CONOPS. The PhD will support the GENSA in the areas of:

  • Feasibility studies, incorporating vessel CONOPS in coordination with stakeholders,
  • Design, by tailoring the GENSA model to support early stage ship design activities leveraging state-of-the-art ship synthesis models,
  • Digital prototyping, and validation by means of case studies, and
  • Final testing and recommendations for naval ship designers on the use of GENSA during early stages of design of future naval ships.
  • Specifications

  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Delft
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


    We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoc who has expertise and/or interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Complex or naval ship design.
  • Digital engineering or model-based systems engineering.
  • Ship systems modeling, or similar area.
  • You have obtained a PhD or expect to obtain a PhD very soon related to these areas (naval architecture, marine engineering, digital engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or other related fields).
  • Good spoken and written English and the ability to work in a team are mandatory.
  • Conditions of employment

    Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

    Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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    Delft University of Technology

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