PhD in Impacts of Climate Change in wave resources

PhD in Impacts of Climate Change in wave resources

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Challenge: Mitigate the impacts of Climate Change
Change: Methodological frameworks that examine offshore energies benefits beyond power generation
Impact: Identify mitigation potential

Job description

The Energy Transition is a high priority for many countries globally and Renewable Energies are a key pillar and contributor to mitigate Climate Change effects maintaining global temperatures below 2 Celcius, and address the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. However, Climate Change may affect available offshore energies resources.

This PhD will focus on long-term impacts on wave resources at varied depths, looking into numerical modelling. The candidate will investigate how to reduce uncertainties and improve spectral numerical wave models, done via statistical or machine learning approaches.

The work will consider past and future Climate Change wave scenarios, followed by investigation fluid structure interaction for offshore energy farms that may be quantified as mitigation methods. These will provide the basis for assessing untapped “hidden” mitigation potential that can emerge by the rapid development of offshore energies.

As a PhD candidate you will be part of our Offshore Engineering group in the Hydraulic Engineering department. You will be supervised by Dr. George Lavidas and Prof. Dr. Andrei Metrikine. As part of this project, you will be given the opportunity to work with leading academic and industrial partners.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


To be a good candidate for this PhD postion, you have:

  • A master's degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering.
  • Acquired programming skills (Fortran/Python/Matlab, etc)
  • Knowledge of statistics and interest in machine learning approaches.
  • An interest and knowledge in wave modelling is highly beneficial.
  • Self-motivated, curiosity-driven, open to communicate and cooperate with others.

During the PhD trajectory English is very important. So if your mother language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, you must submit proof of English proficiency from either TOEFL (minimum total score of 100) or IELTS (minimum total score of 7.0). Proof of English language proficiency certificates older than two years are not accepted. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 jaar.

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 


Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

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  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • €2434—€3111 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD01417


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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