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PhD position: Modelling hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics in estuarine delta systems, with application to the Yangtze estuary (1,0 fte)

This position is part of a joint research project, which involves two PhD’s (at Utrecht University and at East China Normal University, Shanghai) and one postdoc (University of Liverpool). The specific objectives of the ...

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

This position is part of a joint research project, which involves two PhD’s (at Utrecht University and at East China Normal University, Shanghai) and one postdoc (University of Liverpool). The specific objectives of the project are to:

  1. determine tidal amplification, spatial distribution of flow and suspended sediment in the Yangtze estuary, both under natural processes and in response to human interventions;
  2. quantify turbulent mixing and sediment fluxes and to establish the thresholds for a potential regime shift of the delta system towards hyperturbidity;
  3. understand the physical mechanisms that determine both the natural behaviour and the response of hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics in the estuarine channels to different types of human activities;
  4. propose methods to reduce deposition of sediment in navigation channels and to manage the flood defence and fresh water supply of the Yangtze estuary.

You'll find a full description of the project here.

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The task of the PhD at Utrecht University concerns objective 3. For this, both analytical models (which in part need to be developed) and a numerical model will be used. Results will be compared with field data that are available or will be collected as part of the joint project.

Functie-eisen

You have:

  • a MSc degree in physics, applied mathematics or coastal engineering;
  • particular interest and strong background in analytical and numerical modelling of coastal processes.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

The candidate is offered a full-time position for four years, with an evaluation after one year. The gross monthly salary with a full-time appointment will amount to € 2,222 at the first year to € 2,840 in the fourth (P-scale of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. You'll find more information about working at Utrecht University here.

Additionele informatie

Do you want additional information about this position? Then contact Prof H.E. de Swart via h.e.deswart@uu.nl.

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