Postdoctoral researcher in environmental fluid mechanics

Postdoctoral researcher in environmental fluid mechanics

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17 May 6 Jun Wageningen

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Are you passionate for environmental fluid mechanics in deltas? Are you an openminded academic who likes to collaborate with other researchers in fieldwork, laboratory experiments and/or modelling? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group (HWM) seeks a talented scientist for lecturing courses in environmental fluid mechanics and Postdoctoral research in the Vici project “Deltas out of Shape: regime changes of sediment dynamics in tide-influenced deltas”, funded by the Dutch Research Council NWO.

The lecturing part of the three-year position is concentrated in the first six months, to replace two HWM staff members who are on leave. You will be a lecturer in courses including Environmental Hydraulics and Geophysical Fluid Mechanics. HWM leads the Kraijenhoff van de Leur Laboratory for Water and Sediment Dynamics. The successful candidate will be involved in supervision of PhD and contract research focused on field and laboratory experiments, as well as numerical modelling.

The Deltas out of Shape project aims to understand the physical mechanisms leading to regime changes of sediment dynamics in deltas triggered by the combined effects of land reclamation, channel deepening, sea level rise, and altered discharge regimes. The successful candidate will focus on the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna Delta to reveal the causes of tidal channel morphodynamics in terms of multiscale bedforms, bank development and channel bed profile change. Laboratory experiments are scheduled to unravel the mechanisms underlying regime changes in bedforms composed of mixed sediments, using a new sediment recirculation flume.


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As the successful candidate you:
  • hold a PhD in the field of environmental fluid mechanics
  • are an enthusiastic, dedicated and engaged academic who is well capable to work in a project team;
  • like to explore fundamental questions in environmental fluid mechanics
  • preferably have experience both in numerical modelling and in conducting laboratory or field research
  • excellent communication skills.

For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognized Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.

Our postdoc researchers are encouraged to supervise MSc thesis students when such opportunities arise.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • study leave and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary and a three-year contract. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €2,960 and €4,670 for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (scale 10).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

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The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

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We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Postdoc
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1230559-1


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