Vacancy assistant professor numerical models for river hydraulics

Please be advised of the following vacancy at University of Twente (full link). The application deadline is May 26th.

As the current state-of-the-art hydraulic river models are becoming increasingly complex we ask for a numerical modeler who knows the engineering river models and is a specialist in numerical schemes and CFD models. You can align with the national initiative of a numerical river lab in which the links and differences of 1D-2D-3D river models are central. We envision applications to ecohydraulics (pollution, plastics), sediment transport and hydrology (floods, droughts). Also, this modelling will be used to evaluate the effects of human interventions as side channels, dike replacement or land use changes. For a balanced composition of our team, we have a preference for a person having a civil engineering background.

PhD position in Sediment Transport

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology offers an outstanding opportunity for joining its newly created doctoral training unit (DTU) in hydrological sciences: ‘HYDRO-CSI: Towards a holistic understanding of river systems: Innovative methodologies for unraveling hydrological, chemical and biological interactions across multiple scales’. The offered fully paid PhD position is embedded in cluster (1) of the DTU and focuses on sediment transport. The position is envisaged to start between June 1st 2018 and December 1st 2018 and will extend over a maximum duration of 4 years. The PhD candidate will spend up to 50% of time at Wageningen University (NL) as part of the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group (Dr. V.F. Bense and Prof. A.J.F. Hoitink). Experiments are planned in the Kraijenhoff van de Leur Laboratory for Water and Sediment Dynamics in Wageningen.

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PhD Vacancies @ UTwente

Interested in studies concerning the downstream part of the river continuum? The University of Twente is looking for two PhD candidates for the following projects:

1. PhD-position Understanding swash zone sand dynamics using flume experiments

The prospective candidate will work in the project “Shaping the beach: cross-shore sand transport in the swash zone”. This project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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2. PhD-position Airflow patterns over urbanised beaches

An element that has been overlooked so far in current ‘building-with-nature’ approaches to protect urbanized coastlines, is the interaction of sediment flows with the built environment at the land-sea interface, creating new conditions for both sediment dynamics and urban settlement. The main task for the PhD-project is to characterize and understand airflow patterns induced by various lay-outs of built environment in front of and/or on top of coastal dunes, especially in the region where the airflow affects the sediment transport.

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Vacancy: Understanding swash zone sand dynamics using detailed numerical models (PhD position)

The highly dynamic swash zone sand transport processes are not fully understood and no generally-valid numerical swash zone sand transport models are available. The Shaping The Beach projects aims to develop a new parameterisation for sand transport in the swash zone, through a combination of detailed wave flume experiments and advanced numerical modeling. In this project, the University of Twente is searching for a PhD candidate who will focus on understanding and modelling swash zone sand dynamics.

You can find the full text of the vacancy on the website of the University of Twente: link.

Vacancy: Lecturer in Hydraulic Engineering (1 fte)

The Water Science and Engineering Department of IHE-Delft intends to further strengthen the expertise in the field of Hydraulic Engineering by recruiting a Lecturer/researcher in Hydraulic Engineering. The new staff member will join the River Basin Development chair group that is focused onthe balance of key elements of a river basin such as water and sediment, which implies the interaction of these with climate, geomorphology, the biosphere and human made constructions. They seek a full time position for a lecturer with the ability to teach in the field of hydraulic engineering, more specifically basic and applied hydraulics, sediment transport and river engineering, hydraulic structures and hydropower.

You can find the full text of the vacancy on the website of IHE Delft: link.

Vacancy PhD or Postdoctoral position: Mitigation of River Bed Degradation

Job description

The upstream Dutch Rhine is experiencing bed degradation at a rate of 2 cm per year, which is problematic to navigation and river management. Less erodible reaches hamper navigation, and in-channel structures are destabilized. Such ongoing bed degradation is also observed in the German Rhine, the Elbe River, and the Danube River. The German Water Management Authority has conducted sediment augmentation measures since 1978 to mitigate the bed degradation, and in 2016 the Rijkswaterstaat conducted a large-scale field experiment (at a cost of €15M) to investigate whether and how sediment augmentation can counteract the degradation problem and to constrain augmentation rates and sediment sizes for future augmentations.

The current vacancy deals with the second of two PhD positions. The first PhD student assesses the relative importance of the various causes of bed degradation. The research objectives of the currently considered second PhD project are to investigate the effectiveness of various mitigation measures, to predict their short-term and long-term effects on the river longitudinal profile, and to design mitigation measures, with particular attention to designing smart sediment augmentation measures. Considered cases are the Dutch and German Rhine, the Elbe River, and the Danube River.

Daily advisor of the project is Dr Astrid Blom and co-advisor is Dr Enrica Viparelli (University of South Carolina, US). Stays at the University of South Carolina and the involved water management authorities (Netherlands, Germany, Austria) are foreseen. A practitioner group, consisting of members affiliated with the various water management authorities, Deltares, and consultancies will warrant the link to practice.


If applying for the PhD position, the candidate is required to have an MSc degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Geosciences, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or a related field. If applying for the postdoctoral position, the candidate is required to have a PhD degree or to soon defend his/her PhD thesis. In particular, the preferred candidate has a strong interest in a better understanding of fluvial processes. He/she is communicative, curious, eager to learn, and able to work in a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

Contract type

Temporary 4-year contract (if PhD) or temporary 3-year contract (if PD).

For more information and application, please visit: The deadline for applications is 14 March 2018.