Postdoctoral assistant

Ghent University


October 14, 2021


→ Apply until 28/09/2021 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels time) → Faculty of Engineering and Architecture → Department EA15 - Civil engineering → AAP temporary appointment - 60% → Number of openings: 1.00 → Reference number: 202109/EA15/DA/023


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of- the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.


  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in the field of ‘numerical modelling of water wave propagation in the coastal zone and of the interaction with coastal structures', with focus on:

  • acquisition and execution of contracts for research and services in the field of coastal and offshore engineering;

  • wave-structure interaction (including the case of shallow foreshores) and study of wave propagation;
  • modelling of the wave-induced response of those structures in numerical wave flumes and wave basins, using numerical time domain models (with focus on development and application of SWASH and MILDwave);
  • and assistance in carrying out field measurements along the Belgian coastal zone (focus on Raversijde).

  • You will assist in teaching activities at the Master's level.

  • You will counsel Master's students in their exercises, work placement and Master's dissertation.
  • You will counsel doctoral students and fellow researchers in the framework of running research projects.

  • You hold a doctoral degree (Doctor of Civil Engineering or an equivalent degree).
  • For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted.

    The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.

  • You have already conducted research (with proven experience) within the fields of
  • theoretical (mathematical) developments and practical applications of time domain propagation models (particularly with SWASH and MILDwave with contributions to the source code), and also experience with models based on the Boussinesq and mild slope equations;
  • wave-structure interaction (including the case of shallow foreshores;
  • physical model experiments for wave loading and overtopping of coastal structures;
  • field measurements.
  • You have proved experience with programming languages (Fortran, C++), used for contributing to the further development of the source code of numerical models.
  • You have further expanded your experience through, for example, Master after Master studies in the field of hydraulics, coastal engineering or a similar relevant domain.
  • You have proven experience in supporting teaching activities of university students and mentoring of Master Thesis students.
  • You have proven experience in supporting international course activities.
  • You have certified knowledge of the English language.
  • You have distinguished yourself as a promising researcher in your doctorate.
  • You are profoundly interested in coaching students in the Master's and/or Advanced Master's programmes.
  • You may present relevant scientific publications in (inter)national peer-reviewed academic journals that are widely disseminated. Contributions at and experience with the organization of scientific conferences would be an advantage.

  • We offer you a temporary part-time (60%) appointment as a postdoctoral assistant () of 3 years. A second appointment of up to 3 years can follow, subject to a favourable evaluation of the first term.
  • Even if you have already been appointed earlier (whether or not at another university and whether or not in the same field of discipline) in a first term of up to three years, you can apply.

    () This part-time (60%) appointment as an postdoctoral assistant will be complemented to an full-time position by an appointment as a part-time (40%) postdoctoral researcher. In other words, you are applying for a full-time position.

  • The second appointment does not have to be immediately connected to a first term.
  • Your appointment will start on 1 November 2021 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP5. More information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits (in Dutch).

    Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not sent through the online system.

    Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘Cv' : your cv and an overview of your relevant scientific publications (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter' : your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma' : a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field ‘Certificate of equivalence' : only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. (This can be requested via www. For diplomas awarded in the UK before January 31st of 2020, a certificate of equivalence is not required.
  • Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

    As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


    For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Peter Troch (, +32 9 264 54 89).

    Do you have a question regarding the online application process? Please read our FAQ.

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