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PhD Candidate Earth observation of the response of estuaries to extreme events

The Department of Water Resources (WRS) of the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente is looking for a PhD …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The Department of Water Resources (WRS) of the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente is looking for a PhD student with expertise in coastal and estuarine systems and remote sensing.

The WRS Department works in the domains of Water and the Environment, focusing on water, food, energy and ecosystems security and sustainability. The department uses earth observation and in-situ ground truthing in combination with hydrologic and earth systems modelling and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for the assessment and monitoring of the water, energy and biogeochemical cycles to support planning and management of water resources and freshwater and coastal ecosystems under global change.

The aim of this PhD project is to study the response of estuarine ecosystems to extreme events. Estuarine systems are inherently dynamic, shaped both by water from the river and the sea. You will develop remote sensing techniques for estimating the impact of extreme events (e.g., high waves during storms, floods, droughts) on estuarine systems, using time-series of satellite images. You will investigate how estuarine systems respond, depending on the nature, and intensity of the extreme events, and how, how fast and under what conditions systems can recover and adapt to these impacts (for example via bio-morphological interactions). You will focus on the effects of extreme events on sediment dynamics and water quality in estuarine systems. The research will result in a PhD thesis.

Functie-eisen

  • You have a MSc degree in civil engineering, earth sciences, or physical geography
  • You have affinity with coastal and estuarine systems
  • You have ample experience with geo-informatics and earth observation (remote sensing), including big data handling
  • You have programming skills, and preferably affinity with modelling
  • You have an excellent command of English (above IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).


INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

For more information, you can contact Prof. Dr. Daphne van der Wal (e-mail: d.vanderwal@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our department’s homepage.

Please submit your application before 26 September 2019 (choose “apply now” below). Your application must include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position;
  • a full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained;
  • a short description (maximum 1 page A4) of your MSc research.

Conditions

We offer you an inspiring multidisciplinary and challenging international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

You will be fulltime employed for four years. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch Universities.

  • A starting salary of € 2,325.00 in the first year and a salary of € 2,972.00 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.

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