PhD Global Flood Hydrology

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 03 Apr 2024

10 Feb 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

3 Apr 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
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

It is projected that climate change will amplify flooding on a global scale, yet underlying causes that drive flood change remain in many cases unresolved. Understanding the factors driving flood trends and variability is crucial, given that floods result in billion-dollar damages annually, and these costs are steadily rising. Despite groundwater contributing significantly to river flow, its impact on flooding remains poorly quantified. This Ph.D. project seeks to elucidate the role of groundwater in global flooding through the use of global datasets, innovative data analysis, and model experiments. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with international scientific partners, enriching your Ph.D. experience.

Your duties

  • present your research at scientific conferences and publish your results in scientific literature,
  • contributing to teaching and supervising bachelor and master students

Specific Requirements
  • degree in MSc, specializing in hydrology, landscape or physical geography, earth science, environmental science, or equivalent
  • affinity and preferably experience in hydrological modeling and/or data analyses
  • experience with programming languages such as Python, R, or Matlab
  • interested in doing cutting-edge scientific research
  • excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Additional Information

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:

  • a salary of € 2.770,00 (PhD) and maximum € 3.539,00 (PhD) gross per month in the fourth year, for a full-time employment
  • an employment contract of initially 1 year. If there is sufficient perspective, this will be extended to a total of 4 years. Your dissertation at the end of the fourth year forms the end of your employment contract.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and arrangements. Some examples:

  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position and do you believe that your experience will contribute to the further development of our university? In that case, we encourage you to submit your application.

Submitting a diploma and a reference check are part of the application process.

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 01/04/2024. The job interviews are planned for the second half of April.

Submitting a diploma and a reference check is part of the application process.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Wouter Berghuijs
E-mail: [email protected]

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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
De Boelelaan 1085

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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