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In delta channels, the sediment balance is dependent on physical processes governed by the river discharge, waves and the tidal motion. When this sediment balance is disrupted, channel incision or sediment accumulation may result, which has impacts on safety against flooding, shipping, water quality and biodiversity. Intertidal areas may play a key role in maintaining the sediment balance and, at the same time, tend to disappear because of sealevel rise and land reclamation. This project aims to determine the role of intertidal areas in maintaining channel stability in estuaries and deltas. Field measurements are planned in the Ems Estuary and in the Ganges Brahmaputra Delta, which will be carried out in collaboration with fellow researchers in the VICI project “Deltas out of shape: regime changes of sediment dynamics in tide-influenced deltas”. The field measurements will reveal residual transport patterns, which will be used to improve existing numerical models. The measurements will be utilized to test new parameterizations to represent small scale processes in regional models at the scale of an estuary or delta.

Requirements

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

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2325,-. in the first year rising up to € 2972,-. per month in the fourth year based on 38 hours a week. You also have the opportunity to work 40 hours a week with additional holidays.

In addition we offer

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% fixed-year allowance;
  • Excellent training opportunities and secondary working conditions;
  • Flexible working hours and vacations can in consultation with colleagues be settled so that an optimal balance between work and private is possible;
  • An excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 232 holiday hours, the ability to purchase and good supplementary leave arrangements and an individualized model to compose part of your working conditions and a bicycle plan;
  • Sports facilities available on campus which can be used against a small fee.

Employer

Department of Environmental Sciences

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 Wageningen University & Research.

Wageningen University & Research

Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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Dear colleagues,

Utrecht University’s Department of Physical Geography (the Netherlands) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an emphasis on the dynamics of coastal ecosystems. We invite you to describe your dream research line in a two-page document accompanied by a thoughtful motivation letter. We particularly welcome research lines that link scientific questions on the development of coastal dune ecosystems to societal challenges resulting from human pressure, pollution and/or climate change, such as the loss in biodiversity and landscape geodiversity.

You hold a PhD degree in a relevant area, such as landscape ecology, environmental sciences, earth surface dynamics, physical geography, marine sciences, environmental biology or a closely related field. You have an exciting research vision to complement ours. Your academic track record offers funding potential for personal fellowships, PhDs and postdocs. You have affinity for teaching and either have obtained or are willing to obtain your Basic Teaching Qualification. Our department is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce, and we strongly welcome women to apply.

Are you interested? Then please read the additional information on this exciting opportunity, our group and the online application procedure at https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/286015/assistant-professor-tenure-track-in-dynamics-of-coastal-ecosystems-08-10-fte/.

The application deadline is November 10, 2019.

Best wishes,

Gerben Ruessink

Gerben Ruessink| Professor of Wave-dominated coastal morphodynamics | Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, P.O Box 80.115, 3508 TC Utrecht, NL | Visit: Room 4.06 Vening Meineszgebouw A, Princetonlaan 8a, 3584 CB Utrecht, NL | T +31 (0)302532780 | www.uu.nl/staff/bgruessink


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The challenge
The societal and natural pressures on the marine and coastal environment are increasing and become increasingly complex to manage. Understanding impact of multiple human activities on hydraulics and morphodynamic developments hence is one of the main challenges we face to sustainably use the marine and coastal environment. To further strengthen our group we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in process-based modelling of tides, waves, sediment transport and morphodynamics. Possible applications to study include, but are not limited to, (nature-based) interventions for coastal protection, the (nature-based) design of navigation channels, impacts of offshore wind farms, pipelines and sand mining.

Teaching
The new Postdoc will assist in teaching tasks of the group, e.g. supervising practical classes in the BSc course in Fluid Dynamics, the MSc courses in Long waves, Short waves, Building with Nature and/or the MSc Python course. (S)he will also supervise graduation projects at BSc and MSc level. The total teaching load will be about 30%. 

Research
We are looking for an independent researcher who is able to identify the academic questions in practical applications related to marine dynamics and vice versa: to translate academic research results into engineering practice. Publishing on these subjects in scientific journals, as well as presenting them on conferences, is a logical part of the research. (S)he is also keen to assist in the acquisition tasks of the group, e.g. help in writing scientific research proposals and acquiring funding from third parties for PDEng, PhD and Postdoc positions. Also, (s)he will assist in maintaining and extending contacts with scientific and industry/governemental partners in starting projects and/or for newly proposed research. 

General
The candidate has a successful track record in (numerical) modelling of coastal/marine dynamics and applicable modelling techniques. We look for a person who is enthusiastic about working in a team of academics, and who feels committed to teaching (in the BSc and MSc programmes in Civil Engineering and Management) and to supervising junior researchers. The candidate has excellent writing skills and is capable and willing to maintain good (national and international) contacts with consultants, knowledge institutes and the government. 

Start: as soon as possible.

Your profile

  • PhD in coastal or marine dynamics from a background in Civil Engineering, Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Applied Mathematics or related discipline.
  • Strong publication record in modelling of coastal/marine hydraulics or morphodynamics.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Proven capability in attracting research funding is a plus.
  • Good teaching skills.
  • Good coaching skills (BSc and MSc-students).
  • Teamplayer.
  • Good communication skills (in English and preferably also in Dutch).

Information and application

For more information, visit https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/!/1015157/postdoctoral-researcher-marine-dynamics. You are welcome to contact Dr Pieter C. Roos tel: +31 (0)53-4895608 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Prof dr Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher tel: +31 (0)53-4894256 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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