PostDoc position ’Airflow patterns over urbanized beaches’ (2 years, 0.8 fte)


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Scientific fields
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Postdoc positions
Natural Sciences, Engineering
32.0 hours per week
€ 3111 - € 4084
University of Twente (UT)

Job description

An element that has been overlooked so far in current ’building-with-nature’ approaches to protect urbanized coastlines, is the interaction of sediment flows with the built environment at the land-sea interface, creating new conditions for both sediment dynamics and urban settlement. On sandy shores, these sediment dynamics mostly relate to wind-driven morphodynamics.

The main task for the postdoc is to characterize and understand airflow patterns induced by various lay-outs of built environment in front of and/or on top of coastal dunes, especially in the region where the airflow affects the sediment transport. The results, which you are expected to publish in high standard scientific journals, will be used in the linked PhD project at the University of Twente on modelling coastal landscape evolution at the land-sea interface including the built environment. Hence you are expected to collaborate with the PhD candidate to integrate the insights on airflow patterns over built environment into the landscape evolution model.

The envisioned approach includes a combination of CFD modelling, for which you can collaborate with one of the project partners, and field studies. For the field studies you are expected to develop a stereo video imaging application to map air flow patterns around real-world beach hut arrays in front of the dunes in a field-scale PIV approach. You will be responsible for designing and organizing these field experiments.


The advertised position is part of a collaborative research project, ShoreScape, that aims to develop knowledge, tools and design principles to support a sustainable co-evolution of the natural and built environment along sandy shores. In this project, the Water Engineering and Management group of the University of Twente (leading the project), collaborates with the Urbanism group of the Technical University of Delft as well as project partners from industry and coastal authorities. The postdoc research will be executed at the University of Twente. Next to the postdoctoral position, the project includes two PhD positions, one at University of Twente and one in Delft.


We seek a talented, enthusiastic and inventive researcher with broad interests covering fieldwork, video imaging and CFD modelling. Candidates should have a background in or affinity with coastal aeolian morphodynamics and/or urban aerodynamics. We consider it important that the candidate is able to put his/her research in a broader perspective, both in relation to other scientific disciplines and in relation to every day practice of coastal management.

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in the field of Aerodynamics, Fluid dynamics, Aeolian morphodynamics, or a related field. In particular we are looking for candidates who combine experience in CFD modelling with experience in experimental work or video imaging. He or she should have an excellent command of the English language and strong communication skills. The foreseen field experiments during certain periods in the project require personal flexibility in terms of being able to go into the field for 2-3 days whenever the wind conditions are right. To facilitate field experiment logistics, having a driving license is a plus.

Application and more information

To apply for this position use the link below and include your cover letter, resume, list of publications, and contact information of two references that may be consulted, no later than Friday September 8, 2017. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews on the 3rd or 5th of October 2017. For foreign candidates we foresee interviews over Skype.
For more information about this vacancy you can contact dr. Kathelijne Wijnberg, (k.m.wijnberg& (replace & by @), telephone: +31 (0)53 - 489 4701). More information about the Water Engineering and Management Department is available at The project will start a.s.a.p. after a suitable candidate has been selected.

Conditions of employment

We offer a 2 year 0.8 fte postdoc position in a stimulating scientific environment, where you will join an enthusiastic research team. Under specific circumstances, a shorter period (19 months) full-time position will be negotiable.

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities the gross monthly salary for this position will range from € 3111,- to € 4084- (based on a fulltime employment), depending on your experience and qualifications. The University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance, an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.

Bewerbungsschluss: 08.09.2017