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PhD Position Process-Based Fluvial Models at (Sub)Reservoir Scale

Challenge: Predicting subsurface properties and their heterogeneityChange: Simulating the processes that built the rock recordImpact: Better managing resources from the subsurface

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
€ 2434 - € 3111 per maand


From freshwater to energy and raw materials, our entire society is built on resources from the subsurface whose distribution depends on how fluids circulate underground. To better manage those resources, we need to better predict fluid flow in the subsurface, and to better predict fluid flow, we need to better predict the physical properties of the rocks and sediments that steer it. Unfortunately, the sparsity and poor quality of subsurface data means that we only have a rough overview of what lies below the ground, while subsurface properties can change drastically even over short distances.

In this project you will aim at developing an approach that captures the wide range of processes that shape fluvial deposits to simulate 3D models of sediment proportions at decameter resolution and over geological timescales. A large part of your work will consist in implementing models of fluvial processes and exploring the impact of those processes and their interaction on the distribution of sediments in the subsurface.

You will be part of the Applied Geology section in the department of Geoscience & Engineering. Dr. Guillaume Rongier will be your direct mentor, and you will work in collaboration with other members of the section and with CSIRO. You will steer the development of the project depending on your own interests and you will interact with the experts from the different faculties at TU Delft to foster applications of the approach, which can involve a large variety of fields going from geology, reservoir engineering, or geophysics to high-performance computing, geostatistics, or deep learning.


To be considered for the position you will have:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, i.e., Geoscience, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science.
  • Demonstrated interest for interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative research across multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a high-level programming language (preferably Python or Julia).
  • Demonstrated ability in written and spoken English.

It would be a strong plus for you to have:

  • A background in computational geoscience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a low-level programming language (e.g., C, C++, Fortran).
  • Experience in software development.


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.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Guillaume Rongier (g.rongier@tudelft.nl).


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