Postdoc Digital Twins for Urban Resilience

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 03 Mar 2024

30 Jan 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

3 Mar 2024 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

ResilientHydroTwin: Participatory Integrated Digital Twin for Adaptive Urban Resilience to Water Extremities is an inter disciplinary collaborative project between Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM).

Relevance of the project: Inefficient flood management leads to property damage, loss of life, and community disruption. It also deteriorates infrastructure, resulting in increased maintenance costs. The use of data-driven, integrated, domain-specific models is crucial for effective flood prediction and response. ResilientHydroTwin project explores the feasibility and effectiveness of utilizing a digital twin for managing water-related disasters, aiming to enhance urban resilience. Central to the project is the development of a city-level digital twin that precisely models system interactions and human behavior. The goal is to establish an integrated digital twin framework that improves understanding of a city's interconnected systems, particularly during flood events. The digital twin will be instrumental in designing both hard and soft adaptation strategies. During extreme weather conditions, the digital twin will gather data, functioning as a living laboratory to assess the effectiveness of these adaptation measures in increasing urban resilience. Additionally, the project examines how digital twins can facilitate collaborative governance in managing water extremes through the identification and implementation of strategies that promote multidisciplinary collaboration and co-creation. This includes facilitating the adoption of digital twin technology for flood risk management, considering the interplay of social, organizational, and governance factors. The project is expected to have significant impacts on urban planning, particularly in enhancing flood resilience and the ability of cities to withstand and recover from extreme weather events.

As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the ResilientHydroTwin project, your primary responsibility will be to develop and refine behavioral and transport models within the digital twin framework, emphasizing complex systems modeling to integrate multiple simulation models including hydrological models (developed by other collaborators). You will be tasked with modelling and evaluating effective soft adaptation measures for flood events, working collaboratively with stakeholders. Utilizing the digital twin and methodologies for resilience assessment, your role will involve conducting comprehensive scenario analyses to assess the potential impacts and effectiveness of these strategies. This position is central to the project and involve project coordination responsibilities.

You are anticipated to enhance project visibility through result publications and participation in international conferences. Additionally, there is potential for involvement in teaching and supervising students should the candidate express interest.

You will be based at the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geociences (CEG) of the TU Delft at the Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design (3MD) and would be associated with the DigiConstruct Lab. The department houses an interdisciplinary group of scientists, engineers and managers with expertise in Digital Twins, complex systems modelling and resilience engineering. While the candidate will be based at CEG, strong and continuous interaction with our partners in TU/e and IITM is expected.

Specific Requirements

We are in search of a highly motivated professional who enjoys working in a multidisciplinary setting with the following qualities:

  • Possession of a PhD in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Urban Planning, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, or a related field with a focus on resilience of socio-technical systems, hydrology, or digital twin technology.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more areas such as complex systems modeling, digital twin development, resilience engineering, knowledge graphs, remote sensing with a strong understanding of integrating diverse data types and simulation models.
  • Expertise in developing simulation models, adept at using one or more software tools for modeling and visualization, including simulation engines, game engines, GIS platforms, and Power BI (are eager to hone these skills further).
  • Proficiency in basic programming with Python or equivalent languages is essential. Prior experience in IoT platforms and sensor-data acquisition is desirable.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team, with excellent communication skills and a commitment to integrating socio-economic and human behavior aspects into technological solutions.
  • Experience in management of research projects is welcome.
  • You should be willing and be able to travel to India at least twice during the duration of the project.
  • Candidates are expected to start in June 2024 (negotiable).

This is a unique opportunity to advance both your academic and practical skills, and we encourage you to apply if you feel you can contribute to this role even if you only meet a selection of these criteria

Additional Information

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 3 March 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • Your motivation letter – Explain why you find this project interesting and include evidences of your skills relevant for this project (maximum 1000 words).
  • Your academic CV
  • One first authored journal publication that can demonstrate your knowledge related to the advertised role.
  • Your PhD Diploma/Transcript or in case the candidates are waiting for their PhD defense, please submit a letter from your supervisor stating the same

Please note:

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Ranjith Soman ([email protected] ) and/or Maria Nogal ([email protected] ).

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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Mekelweg 2
Postal Code

2628 CD


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