Postdoc Flood Damage Data and Impact Modelling

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022

Recent floods in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium showed the catastrophic nature that these extreme events can have on our built environment and infrastructure. These events caused loss of life and huge damage. The event is also a unique opportunity to improve the flood impact models. Therefore data has to be collected and analyzed. The present Interreg project within the EMR (Euregio Meuse-Rhine) aims to improve these models, but this can only be done if data of sufficient quality is collected. This project is expected to:

  • gathering accessible data on flood damage during the July 2021 flood in the EMR region, as well as corresponding data on flood conditions and vulnerability.
  • processing accessible data and conduct statistical analysis to generate new knowledge (e.g., empirical relationships, validation of models) on relationships between damage levels to flood conditions (depth, velocity, duration …), based on experience of the partners.
  • assessing the developed methods and elaborate recommendations for flood loss estimation by operational organizations.
  • Sharing the research outcomes through a workshop (or webinar) targeting water managers, local, regional and national authorities, as well as other relevant organizations.

To address this challenge, the Hydraulic Engineering department of TU Delft is looking for a motivated PostDoc for a period of 18 months. Selected candidate will analyse the current state-of-the-art of damage models and improve the models with the available data, taking the quality of the data into account . Candidate will also co-supervise MSc students and will work with leading academic and industrial partners, both in the Netherlands and abroad. As part of the Interreg EMR project, collaborations with RWTH Aachen and University of Liège will be encouraged. Start as soon as possible, project duration Juli 2022-December 2023.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with the following qualifications:

  • PhD in Civil Engineering, Risk Analysis or equivalent;
  • Proven background in one or more of the following fields: Hydraulic Engineering, Econometrics, Flood damage modeling, Flood risk.
  • Research experience in collecting flood damage data is a plus
  • Availability to start in September

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

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

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

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Matthijs Kok: mathhijs.kok@tudelft.nl .

For more information about the procedure please contact recruitment-citg@tudelft.nl .

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15 August 2022 via the application button and upload:

  • A cover letter (1 page) describing your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae, including your publications and contact information of three references;
  • 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.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Recent floods in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium showed the catastrophic nature that these extreme events can have on our built environment and infrastructure. These events caused loss of life and huge damage. The event is also a unique opportunity to improve the flood impact models. Therefore data has to be collected and analyzed. The present Interreg project within the EMR (Euregio Meuse-Rhine) aims to improve these models, but this can only be done if data of sufficient quality is collected. This project is expected to:

  • gathering accessible data on flood damage during the July 2021 flood in the EMR region, as well as corresponding data on flood conditions and vulnerability.
  • processing accessible data and conduct statistical analysis to generate new knowledge (e.g., empirical relationships, validation of models) on relationships between damage levels to flood conditions (depth, velocity, duration …), based on experience of the partners.
  • assessing the developed methods and elaborate recommendations for flood loss estimation by operational organizations.
  • Sharing the research outcomes through a workshop (or webinar) targeting water managers, local, regional and national authorities, as well as other relevant organizations.

To address this challenge, the Hydraulic Engineering department of TU Delft is looking for a motivated PostDoc for a period of 18 months. Selected candidate will analyse the current state-of-the-art of damage models and improve the models with the available data, taking the quality of the data into account . Candidate will also co-supervise MSc students and will work with leading academic and industrial partners, both in the Netherlands and abroad. As part of the Interreg EMR project, collaborations with RWTH Aachen and University of Liège will be encouraged. Start as soon as possible, project duration Juli 2022-December 2023.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with the following qualifications:

  • PhD in Civil Engineering, Risk Analysis or equivalent;
  • Proven background in one or more of the following fields: Hydraulic Engineering, Econometrics, Flood damage modeling, Flood risk.
  • Research experience in collecting flood damage data is a plus
  • Availability to start in September

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

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

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

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Matthijs Kok: mathhijs.kok@tudelft.nl .

For more information about the procedure please contact recruitment-citg@tudelft.nl .

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15 August 2022 via the application button and upload:

  • A cover letter (1 page) describing your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae, including your publications and contact information of three references;
  • 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.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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