Compared to rivers without tidal forcing, the top view of tidal channels is
relatively stable on a time scale of decades. This relates to the presence of
intertidal areas, which are now recognized as a nature-based measure of bank
protection, and to the interplay of river discharge and the tidal motion.
Towards the design of stable channels with natural embankment, this PhD
project seeks to better understand the prerequisites for tidal river stability
by studying the spatiotemporal variation in tidal channel migration across the
Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta. Idealized models for river channel migration
will be extended to include the effect of tides, and used to interpret remote
sensing images and data from the field.
The PhD position is part of the NWO-VICI project "Deltas out of shape: regime
changes of sediment dynamics in tide-influenced deltas". Together with partner
institutions including the Institute of Water Modelling in Dhaka and Deltares,
tools will be developed to quantify the role of intertidal areas in creating
channel stability and resilience against extreme events.
Master degree or an equivalent degree in Earth Sciences, Civil
Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics;
strong interest and preferably experience in morphodynamic model
strong interest and preferably experience in remote sensing and field data
good organizational, writing and presentation skills and you can work both
independently and in a team;
commitments to finalize a PhD, combined with a training and supervision
ability to participate in courses within the master's programme Earth and
Environment, and to supervise MSc-thesis students within the project;
excellent command of the English language, both orally and in writing.
Conditions of employment
WUR offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective
Labour Agreement include:
study leave, and paid parental leave;
working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for
the best possible work-life balance;
the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40
hours per week;
there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports
facilities available on campus for a small fee;
a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully
funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your
needs and the research team. The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,-
per month rising to € 3.061,- in the fourth year in according to the
Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P).
This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary
contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project
if you perform well.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland,
and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the
Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.
Coming from abroad
WUR is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we
deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore,
has a large international community and a lot to offer to international
employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a
special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch
immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for
yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen
University & Research's International Community page contains practical
information about what we can do to support international employees and
students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any
additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job,
housing, schooling, and other issues.
WUR employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and
qualities, who encourage and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel
at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We
therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented
at WUR. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the
page working at WUR with a functional impairment.
Wageningen University & Research
Our mission is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of
life". Under the banner WUR, Wageningen University and the specialised
research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces
in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of
healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen
University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. A
coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various subject
areas are at the heart of Wageningen's outstanding approach. WUR has been
named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch
this video to get an idea of our green campus!
The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group is part of the
Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University. The
department's fundamental research and education concern our living
environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate
change, water management, and various competing claims on space. Wageningen
University is part of WUR.
For more information about this position, please contact Prof.dr.ir. A.J.F.
For questions about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate
Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our
website which will allow us to process your personal information with your
approval. This vacancy will be listed up to and including June 24, 2021.
We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the week of July 5, 2021. The
starting date for this position is September 1, 2021, or soon after that date