PhD Position on Hydrological Modelling of Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 22 Mar 2024

15 Feb 2024
Job Information

Utrecht University
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

22 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

Utrecht University is looking for a PhD candidate for a project on hydrological modelling of groundwater and surface water interactions.

Your job
To make the Dutch water systems climate robust and able to deal with future droughts and floods, significant changes in the water system are required. These changes have to be made both in the physical water system and in the water governance system. In this PhD position you will look at what changes in the physical water system are beneficial to achieve this goal. You will specifically contribute by improving our understanding of the groundwater-surface water interactions. These interactions are vital when it comes to potential solutions for additional water storage and potential impacts of future hydrological extremes. You will use a regional hydrological model to simulate the impact of changes in the water management and use, land use and the potential impact of climate change on the freshwater availability for agriculture, nature and drinking water. The ultimate goal is to optimise the entire water system and land use taking their different water needs into account for a transition towards a climate robust water system.

As part of the NWO-KIC WaterScape project you will work in a larger team with PhD candidates who are based at different universities within the Netherlands. You will also interact with stakeholders and our other partners that will use your results for their future policy making, with the goal to create a more climate robust water system in the Netherlands.

Specific Requirements

We look forward to your application if you have multiple of the following qualifications:

  • a MSc in earth sciences, hydrology, civil engineering, environmental science or a related field;
  • affinity with numerical modelling, preferably hydrological modelling or groundwater modelling;
  • prior experience with handling large scale (hydrological) datasets and enthusiastic about working with large datasets and models;
  • interested in interdisciplinary scientific challenges and interactions;
  • good teamwork skills;
  • excellent English oral and writing skills;
  • knowledge of Dutch or a willingness to learn Dutch.

Additional Information

We offer:

  • a position for one year, with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period;
  • a working week of 36 hours and a gross monthly salary between €2,770 and €3,539 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale P under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development , leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities , as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University .

Selection process

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply now’ button.

The first round of interviews will be held on 2 April 2024. The interviews will be held online via MS Teams. The preferred starting date is before 1 August 2024.

If you have an international (not-Dutch) Master's diploma you will be requested to send your Bachelor's and Master's diplomas and gradelists.

Additional comments

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Niko Wanders (associate professor) at [email protected] or Dr Perry de Louw (groundwater expert) at [email protected] .

Candidates for this vacancy will be recruited by Utrecht University.

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Work Location(s)
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Universiteit Utrecht
Postal Code
Princetonlaan 8a

Where to apply



Domplein 29
Postal Code

3512 JE


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