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Delft University of Technology
Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics
Mekelweg 4
2628 CD Delft

Analysis of Moving Contact Lines (AnaCon) 


Job description


At the Delft Institute for Applied Mathematics (DIAM), part of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands, a full-time postdoctoral position in the mathematical analysis of partial differential equations from fluid mechanics is offered. The postdoc will be mentored by Dr. M.V. Gnann. The focus of the project is on Stokes and Navier-Stokes equations formulated as free boundary problems in which the free boundary has contact points. The research will be on developing a well-posedness and regularity theory for such problems that in particular characterizes singularities at contact points. For more information regarding Dr. Gnann's research, please visit

The appointment is for a duration of 18 months. The starting date is November 1, 2023.

The project is funded by NWO M-1 grant AnaCon (awared to Dr. Gnann) and includes a generous budget for travel, inviting visitors, participating in conferences, etc. The salary is determined according to pay scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities, see:

Depending on experience and qualification of the successful cadidate, the salary ranges from 2,960€ to 4,670€ per month. Additionally, an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus is paid. In many cases, for applicants from abroad a tax reduction applies, see:

The successful candidate will focus on carrying out mathematical research. If requested by the candidate, there will be the possibility to teach (in English) but the teaching load shall be kept light. Communication will be in English. If desired by the candidate, there is the possiblity to take Dutch language courses offered by the Language Center for Languages and Academic Skills of TU Delft, see:  




The candidate should

  • hold a doctorate in mathematics or a closely related area or have a definite defence date before November 2023,
  • have a profound knowledge on the mathematical analysis of partial differential equations,
  • have excellent proficiency in oral and written English,
  • be able to work in teams.


Conditions of employment


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

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)


Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science


The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three scientific disciplines. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we all use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make completely sustainable and future-proof. At the same time, we are developing the chips and sensors of the future, whilst also setting the foundations for the software technologies to run on this new generation of equipment – which of course includes AI. Meanwhile we are pushing the limits of applied mathematics, for example mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. In other words: there is plenty of room at the faculty for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1000 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.


Additional information


Inquiries regarding the application procedure should be sent to

For scientific inquiries regarding this vacancy, please contact Dr. M.V. Gnann via email:

In order to simplify communication, please add the prefix [AnaCon] or the vacancy number to the email's subject. Before inquiring, please visit the web page:

for general information about Dr. Gnann's research.


Application procedure


Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before March 31, 2023, via the application button and upload:

  • a cover letter explaining the candidates scientific interests and why they connect to the topic of the project,
  • the most recent CV,
  • a research statement of preferrably no more than 5 pages,
  • a publication list,
  • copies of academic transcripts,
  • contact details of at least two, preferrably three senior scientists who have been contacted beforehand for a recommendation letter regarding the candidates scientific work,
  • the candidates bachelor's, master's, and PhD thesis (if available online, a link is sufficient).

Review of applications will start on February 20, 2023. Applications sent before February 28, 2023, will be given full consideration. Later applications may still be considered until the position is filled. 

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

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

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Contact Person
Dr. Manuel Gnann