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PhD position in coastal morphodynamics at the Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory
We are inviting applications for a PhD position to work on integrating longshore processes in cross-shore equilibrium-based beach change models. The goals of the project are to extend an existing empirical beach change model and to evaluate the uncertainties inherent in this approach. The project includes evaluating existing longshore models, coupling them with an existing cross-shore only model, and testing the modified model with data from at least two study sites in France to validate the approach and evaluate the uncertainties in making beach morphological change predictions. The PhD student will work in the Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory in Chatou, France and also in close collaboration with researchers in the LGO laboratory of UBO in Plouzané, France. The student will additionally have the opportunity to participate in a collaboration with researchers in Japan (PARI, Kyoto University, Toyohashi University of Technology), including several research visits to Japan financed by a PHC Sakura project.
 
Laboratory : Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory (LHSV), Chatou, France
Thesis co-advisors : Marissa Yates (LHSV, Cerema, Chatou) and Nicolas Le Dantec (Cerema, LGO/UBO, Plouzané)
Thesis director : Nicole Goutal (LHSV, Chatou)
 
Starting date : by October 1, 2018
Contract length : 3 years
 
Required qualifications:
- Degree in Physical geography, oceanography, environmental engineering, or related fields
- Additional background in coastal geomorphology or hydrodynamics will be an asset
- Strong mathematical background, experience or interest in data analysis and modeling (e.g. Matlab, Fortran, Python)
- Good communication skills
 
To apply:
The application must be completed by April 25th on the iXARM website. To be eligible for the funding, the candidate must be from European Community countries or Switzerland and have a Masters degree (or equivalent) or an Engineering degree (and not have started to work yet). Funding for this thesis will be based on acceptance of the canidate's file by the DGA (50%) and an additional application to the doctoral school (50%).
 
If interested, please contact the two scientific co-advisors, Marissa Yates (marissa.yates-michelin@cerema.fr) and Nicolas Le Dantec (nicolas.le-dantec@cerema.fr), including your curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation as soon as possible.
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