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Research Software Engineer Position for Coastal and Fluvial System Modelling – Utrecht University, Jun 2022

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Utrecht University invites applications for a Research Software Engineer who will support research and teaching in numerical simulation modelling of fluvial and coastal systems, at the Department of Physical Geography, the Netherlands – Jun 2022

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General Info

Position: Research Software Engineer
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 2,979 EURO/Month

Department of Physical Geography

Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for candidates with:

  • an MSc or Ing degree in a relevant area, such as Civil Engineering, Physical Geography, Earth Science, Applied Computer Science;
  • strong affinity with the design, programming, execution, coupling, and maintenance of numerical simulation models, preferably in the domain of fluvial and coastal systems (e.g. Delft-FM, XBeach, or OpenFoam);
  • experience with computing clusters;
  • interest in cooperating with researchers from physical geography and related domains as well as data scientists and other research software engineers;
  • interest in fundamental research as well as applied research including contract research;
  • demonstrated English language proficiency. We require a qualification English at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or you are prepared to obtain this level by training.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Are you a software engineer or numerical modeller, fascinated by the use of numerical simulation models in fluvial and coastal river research? We then invite you to apply for a position at the Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.We are looking for a Research Software Engineer who will support research and teaching in numerical simulation modelling of fluvial and coastal systems. The position is embedded in the coastal-fluvial and computational geography research groups at the Department of Physical geography. The coastal-fluvial research group focuses on understanding the behaviour of coastal and fluvial systems by integrating fieldwork, lab experiments, and numerical simulation modelling. The group executes fundamental and application-driven research. The group uses state-of-the-art lab experiments, near and remote sensing techniques, as well as numerical simulation modelling of coupled systems, integrating hydraulic, ecological, and geomorphological processes. In numerical simulation modelling, the coastal-fluvial research group cooperates with the computational geography group consisting of spatial data scientists, numerical simulation modellers, and research software engineers.

We aim to further strengthen our research and teaching profile in numerical simulation modelling of fluvial and coastal systems. This Research Software Engineer position is a key element in that effort. We are looking for a Research Software Engineer with expertise in numerical simulation modelling, in particular the coding and maintenance of numerical models, the integration of these models with observational data, and the execution of models on compute clusters. In cooperation with researchers, you will design and code continuous field-based and agent-based numerical simulation models of fluvial and coastal systems and develop code for coupling existing models and model-data integration. You will support the users of these models, including contributions to teaching Bachelor's and Master's students in numerical simulation modelling, and contribute to scientific publications written by the research staff. You will work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, team consisting of experts from fluvial and coastal system research and computational geography.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Do you share our enthusiasm? Submit your application including a cover letter explaining what attracts you to our department and research groups, and a curriculum vitae.

Interviews will be held on June 28 or 29th. A follow-up interview may be scheduled for July 5th or 6th.

About the Department/Section/Group

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences  external linkstudies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.

The Department of Physical Geography  external linkexcels in research and education on BSc, MSc and PhD level. Our research focuses on the processes, patterns and dynamics of Earth’s continental and coastal systems, and on the interaction between these physical and biological processes. This knowledge is essential for the sustainable management of our planet and to guarantee the availability of resources for the next generations. The department hosts an active community of more than 30 PhD candidates.

About the Employer:


We offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €2,979 and €4,490 (scale 9-10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions  external link (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University  

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact: Derek Karssenberg  external link(Professor), via [email protected]

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