A post-doctoral research position for the study of impacts of superstorms on coastal defences

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  • Published date: September 7, 2018
    • 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerpen, Belgium

The Coastal Engineering Research Group at the department of Civil Engineering of Ghent University, Belgium, is offering a full-time position for a post-doctoral researcher position. The daily work location is at the Flanders Hydraulics Laboratory in Antwerp, Belgium.

The project focus is on the simulation of the impact of so-called “superstorms” (design storms with a large return period) on the coastal defence systems along the Belgian coastline, in the framework of improving the design of the coastal defence system as part of the Master Plan Coastal Safety, and in the framework of basic research on the failure mechanisms of the applied types of coastal structures. In particular, both physical and numerical modeling activities will be carried out to study the impacts and to evaluate the structural performance of the coastal structures. The expertise from the Coastal Engineering Research Group jointly with the expertise of the post-doc researcher will be used to carry out the design.

The candidate will join the design team at the Flanders Hydraulics Laboratory, the governmental hydraulics laboratory in Antwerp, and carry out a number of tasks related to the project. Tasks includes for example (list is not complete):
• study of hydraulic boundary conditions based on statistical data analysis
• set-up of scale model experiments in the wave flume and wave basin, and analysis of acquired datasets
• interpretation of analysis results towards conclusions on impacts of superstorms on the coastal defence system
• development of evaluation methods of coastal structures
• reporting of achieved results
• participation in international conferences
• participation in project meetings and client meetings

• Candidates should be well‐qualified academically and have an PhD degree in Engineering (related to experimental (and numerical) modelling). The project will require a mix of skills related to design of coastal structures, including experimental modeling, design of coastal structures, communication and reporting. Candidates are expected to proof their previous expertise related to the design of coastal structures.
• Additional experience in numerical modeling of coastal structures is beneficial.
• Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Candidates must be proficient in English;
• Candidates must be flexible, responsible and team workers;
• The following minimum requirements are crucial:
o a minimum of 10 years of work experience (in the field of coastal defences)
o (co-)author of minimum 7 peer-reviewed journal publications (type A1, i.e. in journals included in the ISI Web of Science)
o proven expertise in experimental modelling of coastal structures

Starting date for the position: preferably 1 December 2018. Initial duration of the contract is until 12 March 2019 (end of first year cycle), with expected extensions up to 3 years.

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the general rules at Ghent University.
Working place will be at Flanders Hydraulics Laboratory, Berchemlei 115, 2140 Borgerhout.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Prof. Peter TROCH (Peter.Troch@UGent.be). More detailed information on working at UGent is available on http://www.ugent.be/en/work . The CERG website is available on http://www.ugent.be/ea/civil-engineering/en/research/coastal-bridges-roads/coastal-engineering

To apply, please send your full CV with a cover letter indicating the reference number of the vacancy (PER30/2140), and explaining your interest in this vacancy and highlighting any previous experience of design of coastal structures and experimental/numerical modelling, to: Lien DE BACKER (ldbacker.DeBacker@UGent.be) AND Prof. Peter TROCH (Peter.Troch@UGent.be) BEFORE 30 September 2018.

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