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PhD in Versatile Hydrodynamics Project

The project is organized along three interrelated sub-projects. In subproject P1, we will develop a new technique to transfer heights over large water bodies …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


The project is organized along three interrelated sub-projects. In subproject P1, we will develop a new technique to transfer heights over large water bodies in order to realise a height system that covers the whole model domain and meets the required accuracy. This realisation serves as the unified height datum to which both observed and modelled water levels will refer. In subproject P2, we will develop a model that resolves the fronts, freshwater lenses, and baroclinic effects, that are characteristic features in the Dutch coastal waters, at high resolution. To validate/calibrate this model, we will use salinity/temperature profiles derived from multibeam echosounding data. The position we offer is for subproject P3. In P3, we will develop new and operational techniques to 1)assimilate full water levels (in particular those provided by satellite radaraltimeters), and 2) describe the accuracy of the model forecasts. Together withthe contributions from P1 and P2, this enables us to build a prototype of theseamless forecasting system for total water depths in the Dutch North Sea.Building and validating this prototype is also part of P3. For more informationabout the project as a whole and the three subprojects, we refer to versatile-hydrodynamics.nl/


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

•Ability to cooperate with both scientific and industrial partners;

•Proven programming skills;

•Keen interest in data analytics;

•Good proficiency in spoken and written English.

Specific requirements P3:

•MSc degree in mathematics;

•Knowledge of data assimilation, stochastic processes, probability theory,statistics, and system and control;

•Strong affinity with numerical modelling.


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For more information about position P3, please contact M. Verlaan(M.Verlaan@tudelft.nl).

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, proof of English language proficiency, the abstract of your MSc thesis (one page), two references, your preferred position, and a letter of motivation in a single PDF file by 31 May 2018 to M.Verlaan@tudelft.nl and D.C.Slobbe@tudelft.nl. Please refer to vacancy number EWI2018.31