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PhD candidate Understanding swash zone sand dynamics using detailed numerical modelsPosted by: University of Twente
Posted date: 2018-Apr-17
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).
The highly dynamic swash zone sand transport processes are not fully understood and no generally-valid numerical swash zone sand transport models are available. This greatly hampers the prediction of beach and shoreline evolution, and the sediment exchange between the wet and dry part of the beach. 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.
The project accommodates 1 PhD position and 2 Post-Doc positions at the University of Twente (Faculty of Engineering Technology, ET) in close co-operation with Deltares and Delft University of Technology. The Shaping The Beach project collaborates with researchers from the Technical University of Catalunya (Spain), University of Delaware (USA) and University of Aberdeen (UK), and requires interaction with end-users from the Dutch public and private water sector.
PhD project description
The research will be executed partly at the University of Twente, under supervision of the promotor (prof.dr. S.J.M.H. Hulscher) and daily supervisor (dr.ir. J.J. van der Werf), Deltares under supervision of dr. ir. R.T. McCall and dr. N.G. Jacobsen and Delft University of Technology (promotor prof.dr.ir. A.J.H.M. Reniers).
We seek an enthusiastic, talented researcher with a background in or affinity with numerical modelling and coastal morphodynamics. Possible backgrounds are Masters in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a related field. As the candidate is expected to collaborate closely with the two Post-Docs and end-users, we welcome entrepreneurial candidates with an open mind and strong communicative skills. Excellent comprehension of English, in both spoken language and writing, is necessary and comprehension of the Dutch language has a strong advantage. Some of the desired skills can be acquired during an individual training programme of 840 hours that is part of the PhD project.
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Conditions of employment
We offer a 4-year position as a PhD candidate. The salary starts at € 2222,- gross per month for the first year and extends to a maximum of € 2840,- gross per month in the fourth year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive fringe benefits.
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.