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Post Doc in 'Water quality and sound'

The Department of Ocean System Research (OCS) is looking for a highly motivated post doc with a background in marine inorganic carbon chemistry and acoustic properties of seawater (Principal investigators Prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart and Dr. Lennart de Nooijer).

7 maanden geleden


Den Burg, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur


This project is part of the NWO TTW grant recently awarded to a consortium led by Prof. Dr. D. Lohse (University of Twente), “Aqua – Water quality in maritime hydrodynamics”. This program aims to develop the knowledge and technology to significantly improve predictions of the effect of water quality on (a) ship resistance and (b) underwater radiated noise of cavitating ship propellers and pile driving for offshore wind turbines.

This program furthermore aims at achieving a breakthrough on the following three long-standing problems in the Maritime Industry:

  1. A lacking understanding of the efficacy of transitional air layers and air bubble injection on friction drag reduction and lacking procedures for reliable model tests or computational simulations;
  2. a lacking understanding of the effect of water quality on propeller cavitation inception;
  3. An incomplete understanding of the effect of water quality on the radiated underwater noise by a cavitating propeller and by pile driving for wind turbines.

For each of these three issues, “Water quality” refers to the dissolved and free gas content (bubbles), the chemical, and the particulate content of water. The economical and societal impact is that air-lubrication promises net power reductions of up to 15% of the current standard. Another impact of the proposed research is that hull vibration levels can be predicted with higher accuracy, resulting in optimization of propeller efficiency, recently shown to reduce power requirements by 10-15%.

Within this larger program, the project titled “The effect of water quality on the acoustic footprint of ships” will aim at a better understanding of the effect of water quality on ship noise. Such an understanding would significantly improve spatial and temporal predictions of ship noise behavior on a global scale. The first objective of this project is to obtain a high-quality dataset in which all relevant parameters affecting ship noise propagation are measured at sea (Figure 15).

Second, the effect of individual and/or combined environmental parameter(s) on the occurrence and characteristics of micro-bubbles and cavitation will be investigated. Finally, this dataset will be used to direct future research in the laboratory and for the development of process-based models on cavitation and noise propagation.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in acoustics or a related area with proven ability to publish research in international peer reviewed journals. You have experience in marine acoustic measurements and analysis, and experience with maritime technical research. Performing field-based measurements is an essential part of the project and due to the international character of the research team, it is crucial you are proficient in spoken and written English.

Your position will be hosted by the Department of Ocean Systems (OCS) at the Royal NIOZ on the isle of Texel.


Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for 3 (fulltime) years with an excellent salary, a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements. You may expect attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.

Additional information

For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Lennart de Nooijer (Principal investigator) or Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Reichart (department head).

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Alexandra Noppeney (senior HR advisor).

Learn more about the Department of Ocean Systems here.