twentelogoThe Water Engineering and Management group of the University of Twente is seeking a candidate for a postdoctoral position. A condensed description of the position is added below. For a full description of the position and the profile of the candidate, please use the UTwente website.

Deadline for application is Friday September 8, 2017.


The advertised position is part of a collaborative research project, ShoreScape, that aims to develop knowledge, tools and design principles to support a sustainable co-evolution of the natural and built environment along sandy shores. In this project, the Water Engineering and Management group of the University of Twente (leading the project), collaborates with the Urbanism group of the Technical University of Delft as well as project partners from industry and coastal authorities. The postdoc research will be executed at the University of Twente. Next to the postdoctoral position, the ShoreScape project includes two PhD positions, one at University of Twente and one in Delft.

Job description

The main task for the postdoc 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. The results, which you are expected to publish in high standard scientific journals, will be used in the linked PhD project at the University of Twente on modelling coastal landscape evolution at the land-sea interface including the built environment. Hence you are expected to collaborate with the PhD candidate to integrate the insights on airflow patterns over built environment into the landscape evolution model.

The envisioned approach includes a combination of CFD modelling, for which you can collaborate with one of the project partners, and field studies. For the field studies you are expected to develop a stereo video imaging application to map air flow patterns around real-world beach hut arrays in front of the dunes in a field-scale PIV approach. You will be responsible for designing and organizing these field experiments.

Your profile

We seek a talented, enthusiastic and inventive researcher with broad interests covering fieldwork, video imaging and CFD modelling. Candidates should have a background in or affinity with coastal aeolian morphodynamics and/or urban aerodynamics. Candidates should hold a PhD degree in the field of Aerodynamics, Fluid dynamics, Aeolian morphodynamics, or a related field. In particular we are looking for candidates who combine experience in CFD modelling with experience in experimental work or video imaging.