Scientific Researcher

Ghent University


July 6, 2022


→ Apply before 06/07/2022 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels Time) → Faculty of Engineering and Architecture → Department: EA15 - Civiele Techniek → Occupancy rate:100% → Number of positions: 1 → Type of employment: Contract of limited duration → Term of assignment: 2 jaar → Wage scale: WM1 to WM4 (master degree) → Required diploma: Master


The Maritime Technology Division or MTD (www. is a research group within the Department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University. The focus point of research is the hydrodynamics of ships and other floating structures in general, and more particularly on the behaviour of ships in shallow or confined navigation areas. Additionally, the division is involved in research on hydrodynamics of aquaculture installation and other floating devices.

The behaviour of ships in restricted water (access channels, canals, locks, harbour docks) is the major research topic of the division. This research, covering the hydrodynamics and aerodynamics of seagoing and inland vessels in navigation areas with restrictions in both depth and horizontal extent, is performed in close co-operation with Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR, Flemish Government, Antwerp) within the Knowledge Centre Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water (www. ). This research can be considered as a niche within the field of ship hydrodynamics, as ships are mostly designed for open, deep sea and as a result, most ship hydrodynamics research worldwide is focused mainly on deep water conditions. Thanks to a rigorous scientific approach and decades of experience, the Knowledge Centre has gained international recognition as one of the leading research groups in ship behaviour in confined water.


We are looking for a researcher to work on a granted project in the field of wind induced forces on ships in a harbour environment.

The Maritime Technology Division is involved in a wide range of projects which tackle wind effects on ships from different perspectives. In recent years, MTD performed the following wind-related projects for external clients: development of an improved representation of environment data (including wind) in the ship manoeuvring simulators of FHR; study of wind conditions in a port area ; dozens of dynamic mooring analyses where wind acts as one of the main forcing terms; external scientific support to the Joint Industry Project Windlass. From the academic point of view, MTD recently published a journal paper describing the shortcomings of present approximate methods to calculate wind forces on ships and supervised several master theses focusing on wind itself and on the effects of wind on ships.

Right now, a new project has been granted to MTD, dealing with the effects of current and wind on a ship, which are presently modelled in a very simplified way in ship manoeuvring simulators. The new project involves theoretical and practical research to improve the present modelling techniques and possibly develop new ones. MTD is looking for a new colleague to work on this stimulating project. The research tasks will include literature review, numerical simulations, model tests and the development of new tools. The results of the research will be applied on the advanced ship manoeuvring simulators of FHR, for which a considerable improvement on the modelling of environmental data was recently implemented by MTD (https: // www.

On top of the wind and current project which is already granted, more wind related projects are to be expected in the near future.

The candidates needs to take the lead on his/her assigned projects. The overall project is managed by prof. Evert Lataire, assisted by ir. Luca Donatini. The candidate can expect to perform a literature review at the start of the project, execute numerical simulations, assist in the development and performance of experimental tests and develop prototype code to explore new approaches to the topic.

The candidate will also be involved in the development of the mathematical model of FHR's full mission bridge simulators

Candidates should be holding an MSc degree in Engineering (or equivalent). Experience in aerodynamics and/or ship hydrodynamics has to be demonstrated. Experience in the use of numerical software packages is required. Experience and passion for code writing is considered a strong asset.

More information can be provided by prof. dr. ir. Evert Lataire ( or ir. Luca Donatini ( )


We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic candidate, holding a degree in Master of Science in Engineering with aerodynamics or maritime specialisation (Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering or equivalent), with the following skills and competences:

  • Project management skills and problem solver attitude.
  • Mathematical modelling and practical engineering skills.
  • Knowledge of CFD and other numerical tools is advantageous.
  • Excellent proficiency in English.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Candidates must be flexible, responsible and team workers.
  • Willing to travel and represent the research group at the client.
  • Knowledge of Dutch is a strong asset, but not a requirement.

  • We offer you a contract of definite duration for the period of 2 years.
  • Candidate can start autumn 2022.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1 to WM4 (if you hold a Master's degree) or salary scale PD1 to PD4 (if you hold a doctorate). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • A young dynamic and enthusiastic team

  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff 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 submitted through the online system.

    Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV' : your CV and an overview of your study results (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 “other documents” : a reference letter, an overview of your study results, …
  • 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.


    More information can be provided by prof. dr. ir. Evert Lataire (



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