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PhD position in hydraulics at TU Wien, Austria
Applications are invited for a four-year PhD position at the Research Center of Hydraulic Engineering (kw.tuwien.ac.at), Faculty of Civil Engineering, TU Wien (Austria Vienna). The PhD research will be supervised by Prof. Koen Blanckaert. The minimum gross salary is 1746.60 Euro (14x / year) for a 25h/week employment. The position is available from April 1, 2018 on.

Beside PhD research, the successful candidate will also contribute to teaching activities, notably related to the courses “hydraulics” (Technische Hydraulik), and “hydraulic engineering and hydraulic structures” (Konstruktiver Wasserbau). More information on these courses is available on: https://tiss.tuwien.ac.at/curriculum/public/curriculum.xhtml?dswid=3126&dsrid=893&key=37472. The successful candidate also has the possibility to contribute to applied hydraulic engineering projects.

The PhD research will be in a field related to hydraulics, hydraulic engineering, environmental fluid mechanics, sediment transport, morphodynamics, or ecohydraulics. The research methodology will essentially be based on laboratory experiments, possibly completed with field experiments and numerical modelling. Potential topics include: Stratified inflows of open-channels into large water bodies; hydro-sedimentological processes in meandering rivers; sediment transport in three-dimensional flows; air-entrainment in high-speed flows; interactions between flow, sediment transport and biota; improved design of hydraulic structures; design of new river restoration techniques; use of jets and screens of air or water to influence patterns of flow, sediment transport and morphology. Candidates are encouraged to propose a research topic.

The candidate will hold a Master Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent. The ability to contribute to the teaching and project supervision in hydraulic structures and German proficiency are important requirements. A strong background in fluid mechanics and experience in experimental research are desirable.
For further information, please contact Prof. Koen Blanckaert by email at koen.blanckaert@tuwien.ac.at. Complete applications will include a motivation letter, a CV, a full transcript of Bachelor and Master studies, a one-page research proposal, and two letters of reference. Applications should be submitted through: https://tiss.tuwien.ac.at/mbl/blatt_struktur/anzeigen/10294#p74.6
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