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PhD researcher in Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering, Applied Mathematics – Wageningen, Netherlands

The Netherlands, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

The PhD position is part of the NWO-VICI project “Deltas out of shape: regime changes of sediment dynamics in tide-influenced deltas”, in the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD-researcher
No. of Positions: 1
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Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year 6 Months
Salary: 2.395 to 3.061 Euro/Month

Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group
Department of Environmental Sciences
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Wageningen, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • Master degree or an equivalent degree in Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics;
  • strong interest and preferably experience in morphodynamic model development;
  • strong interest and preferably experience in remote sensing and field data collection;
  • good organizational, writing and presentation skills and you can work both independently and in a team;
  • commitments to finalize a PhD, combined with a training and supervision trajectory;
  • ability to participate in courses within the master’s programme Earth and Environment, and to supervise MSc-thesis students within the project;
  • excellent command of the English language, both orally and in writing.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Compared to rivers without tidal forcing, the top view of tidal channels is relatively stable on a time scale of decades. This relates to the presence of intertidal areas, which are now recognized as a nature-based measure of bank protection, and to the interplay of river discharge and the tidal motion. Towards the design of stable channels with natural embankment, this PhD project seeks to better understand the prerequisites for tidal river stability by studying the spatiotemporal variation in tidal channel migration across the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta. High-complexity as well as idealized models for river channel morphodynamics will used to interpret remote sensing images and data from the field.

Together with partner institutions including the Institute of Water Modelling in Dhaka and Deltares, tools will be developed to quantify the role of intertidal areas in creating channel stability and resilience against extreme events.

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About the Department

The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University. The department’s fundamental research and education concern our living environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water management, and various competing claims on space. Wageningen University is part of WUR.

About the Employer: Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Note or Other details

WUR offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team. The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact A.J.F. Hoitink,

For questions about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

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