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UT, PhD Position in Understanding and Modelling Lower Shoreface Sand Transport, Jan 2022

The Netherlands, University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) invites applications for a Ph.D. Researcher at a dynamic group of researchers pioneering in the modeling and engineering of marine and fluvial systems, at the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET), the Water Engineering & Management department, The Netherlands – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2,434 EURO/Month

Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET)
Water Engineering & Management department
University of Twente (UT)
ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • MSc in Civil Engineering, Physical Geography, Applied Mathematics or related discipline.
  • You have sound numerical/programming skills (e.g Python, Matlab, other).
  • You have experience with data-analysis and hydraulic modelling software (e.g. Delft3D, XBeach).
  • Your organizational skills are good. You are enthusiastic, independent and have a problem solving attitude
  • You are willing to contribute to the Civil Engineering teaching program and to supervise graduate students.
  • Your writing skills are good – you have written technical and/or scientific reports.
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written (IELTS >= 6.5 or equivalent).

Responsibilities/Job Description

Alongside another PhD student and a postdoc, you will be one of the researchers in the MELODY project: ModEling LOwer Shoreface Seabed DYnamics for a Climate-Proof Coast. Recently funded by the Dutch Research Council, MELODY aims to better understand sand transport and morphodynamics at the lower shoreface. This zone forms the essential link between the offshore seabed and the nearshore zone, thus controlling how climate change, and the activities to cope with it, affect our coast.

Specifically, your subproject aims to identify the controlling lower shoreface sand transport mechanisms. In particular the balance between low transport rates during normal day conditions, and much higher transport rates during storm events. In order to do so, you will develop an efficient sand transport model for the complete Dutch Lower shoreface, including effects of wind, waves, tide, river discharge, temperature and salinity and with real-time forcing.

Being part of MELODY implies close interaction with your direct supervisors at UT and your fellow researchers (i.e., the other PhD student working on tidal sand waves, as well as a postdoc making the translation to marine and coastal management). To warrant the link to practice, we will have recurring user group meetings with professionals from the Netherlands, as well as a group of international experts. Furthermore, you will present your work at national and international conferences and write your findings in journal papers and a PhD thesis.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Please upload your application via the ‘Apply now’ button before January 21st 2022. Your application should include a cover letter (emphasizing your specific interest, motivation and qualifications), a detailed CV, an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education, result of an English test (if you had a non-English taught MSc), a publication list (if applicable) and contact details of two referees. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

The first selection interviews are scheduled for February 17th and 18th 2022 preferably in person at the campus of the University of Twente.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

About the Employer: University of Twente (UT)


  • A challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment with enthusiastic colleagues.
  • Four-year fulltime PhD position, with a qualifier exam after 6-9 months
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits
  • Tailor-made educational/development program of at least 6 months (30EC), including visits to conferences.
  • A starting salary of €2.434,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to €3.111,- gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment.
  • You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Enschede. A relocation allowance or temporary housing allowance may be part of the offer.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.

Your first responsibility is to carry out the research, but you also will acquire teaching experience (about 10% of your time). We support you to broaden your knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in national and international conferences and workshops and by visiting industrial companies, research institutes, and universities worldwide.

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Contact details

For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Dr. ir. Jebbe van der Werf (, +31 88 335 7959) or Prof. dr. Suzanne Hulscher (, +31 53 489 4256). The project will start as soon as possible after a suitable candidate is found.


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