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PhD position Hydraulic Structures

In a world affected by climate change and sea level rise, the increasing frequency of water-related natural disasters represents a serious threat to coastal …

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
€ 2434 - € 3111 per maand


In a world affected by climate change and sea level rise, the increasing frequency of water-related natural disasters represents a serious threat to coastal and riverine communities. In the Netherlands, severe floods and the potential failure of hydraulic structures would lead to catastrophic consequences on people’s safety, on the economy and on the built environment. Therefore, to improve human safety, mitigate damages and reduce reconstruction costs, the development and assessment of resilient infrastructure is of primordial importance.

In this context, your Ph.D. will address the impact of water-related natural disasters on critical infrastructure and related systems, including behaviours and failure modes under extreme hydraulic conditions. Specific attention will be given to the unsteady nature of these processes, focusing on the interplay between air and water and its implication in hydraulic, structural and geotechnical aspects. Results from this Ph.D. project are expected to be most helpful in the development of design guidelines, disaster prevention strategies and evacuation plans.

The project will be experimental and you will be working in the Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory of TU Delft. As a PhD candidate you will be part of the Hydraulic Structures and Flood Risk section in the Hydraulic Engineering department, supervised by Dr. Davide Wüthrich and Prof. Dr. Bas Jonkman. Throughout the project, you will be given the opportunity to work with leading academic and industrial partners, both in the Netherlands and abroad.


We are looking for an excellent candidate with the following qualifications, knowledge and skills:

  • A M.Sc. degree in the areas of Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or other related areas.
  • Knowledge in hydraulic engineering, hydraulic structures, fluid mechanics or fluid-structure interaction
  • Research experience in experimental or field work is a plus
  • Independent, self-motivated, curiosity-driven and open to communicate and collaborate with peers.
  • Excellent knowledge of English, both verbally and in writing.

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.


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 € 2.434 per month in the first year to € 3.111 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.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr D. (Davide) Wüthrich, Assistant Professor, email: d.wuthrich@tudelft.nl.