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Job Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) - PhD position in Environmental Fluid Mechanics HRS4R

Specifications - (explanation)

Function typesPhD positions
Scientific fieldsNatural Sciences
Hours 38.0 hours per week
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number ESG CWK-0240
Translations
About employer Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)
Short link www.academictransfer.com/16227

Job description

The geomorphology of tropical rivers has received insufficient attention when compared to related scientific disciplines. Scientists focussing on tropical water management and on global concerns of biodiversity and carbon cycling generally cope with an incomplete understanding of the physical hydrosystem, and the associated geomorphology. The Kapuas River represents a large meandering river in an area hosting peat bogs and a lakes region. The main objective of the PhD study is to identify the key environmental factors and hydrodynamic processes controlling downstream changes in meander behaviour in the Kapuas River.
 
We are looking for a PhD candidate with a keen interest both in geomorphology and in computational fluid mechanics. The approach consists of a systematic geographic analysis, hydrographic field surveys of selected meander bends, hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modeling, and a synthesis with findings from three associated research projects. In the first 18 months, field data will be collected in the Kapuas region. Subsequently, complex flow patterns, turbulence structures and morphodynamic developments observed in selected meander bends will be simulated using a state-of-the-art model. The last year is dedicated to analysis and writing of the thesis.
 
The PhD candidate will work in a team consisting of 3 PhD researchers and a Postdoc, all part of the overarching project ‘Hydrology-geomorphology links in the Kapuas River System’.

Requirements

We ask a candidate with an MSc degree in earth sciences, civil engineering, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate has a strong background in data processing and numerical methods, likes to analyze complex systems, enjoys working in a team, can be pragmatic during fieldwork, is a strong conceptual thinker and is fluent in spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time position (38 hours), initially for 18 months after which a go/no go decision will be taken on extension with another 30 months. Gross salary per month € 2042,= in the first year rising to € 2612,= per month in the fourth year, for a fulltime appointment. Hay-profile: ‘Promovendus’. The PhD will be offered a course program, which can be tailored to the needs of the candidate and the research team.

Additional information
For more information on the research contact: Dr. A.J.F. (Ton) Hoitink (ton.hoitink@wur.nl).

Application
Are you interested? Please apply online (including your detailed Curriculum Vitae) before 9 December 2012.

Contract type: Temporary, 48 maanden

Organisation

Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

Wageningen University & Research centre.
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and 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, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.
Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs.htm.


Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

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Specifications - (explanation)

Function typesPhD positions
Scientific fieldsNatural Sciences
Hours 38.0 hours per week
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number ESG CWK-0240
Translations
About employer Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)
Short link www.academictransfer.com/16227

Job description

The geomorphology of tropical rivers has received insufficient attention when compared to related scientific disciplines. Scientists focussing on tropical water management and on global concerns of biodiversity and carbon cycling generally cope with an incomplete understanding of the physical hydrosystem, and the associated geomorphology. The Kapuas River represents a large meandering river in an area hosting peat bogs and a lakes region. The main objective of the PhD study is to identify the key environmental factors and hydrodynamic processes controlling downstream changes in meander behaviour in the Kapuas River.
 
We are looking for a PhD candidate with a keen interest both in geomorphology and in computational fluid mechanics. The approach consists of a systematic geographic analysis, hydrographic field surveys of selected meander bends, hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modeling, and a synthesis with findings from three associated research projects. In the first 18 months, field data will be collected in the Kapuas region. Subsequently, complex flow patterns, turbulence structures and morphodynamic developments observed in selected meander bends will be simulated using a state-of-the-art model. The last year is dedicated to analysis and writing of the thesis.
 
The PhD candidate will work in a team consisting of 3 PhD researchers and a Postdoc, all part of the overarching project ‘Hydrology-geomorphology links in the Kapuas River System’.

Requirements

We ask a candidate with an MSc degree in earth sciences, civil engineering, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate has a strong background in data processing and numerical methods, likes to analyze complex systems, enjoys working in a team, can be pragmatic during fieldwork, is a strong conceptual thinker and is fluent in spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time position (38 hours), initially for 18 months after which a go/no go decision will be taken on extension with another 30 months. Gross salary per month € 2042,= in the first year rising to € 2612,= per month in the fourth year, for a fulltime appointment. Hay-profile: ‘Promovendus’. The PhD will be offered a course program, which can be tailored to the needs of the candidate and the research team.

Additional information
For more information on the research contact: Dr. A.J.F. (Ton) Hoitink (ton.hoitink@wur.nl).

Application
Are you interested? Please apply online (including your detailed Curriculum Vitae) before 9 December 2012.

Contract type: Temporary, 48 maanden

Organisation

Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

Wageningen University & Research centre.
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and 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, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.
Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs.htm.


Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.