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Vacancies for engineering staff for the new Coastal and Ocean Basin in the framework of the Gen4Wave project at Greenbridge Science Park, Oostende, Belgium, coordinated by Ghent University and University of Leuven
Background
The Flemish Government recently decided to invest in the Gen4Wave project (an investment project on coastal engineering and offshore renewable energy in Flanders, Belgium) by the construction of a new large wave tank for coastal engineering and offshore renewable energy research and applications. This so-called COB (Coastal and Ocean Basin) will be a multi-functional basin of 30 by 30 square meters and will allow to test scale models of coastal and offshore structures, such as breakwaters, wave and tidal energy converters or offshore wind turbines, or vegetation, under the action of waves, tidal currents and wind.
The proposed COB will offer unique features to generate, measure and control the waves, currents and wind, and to test both offshore and coastal structures under their actions which is expected to attract industrial activities in Flanders and a large international interest.
The infrastructure will be embedded in the Ghent University (UGent) Greenbridge Science Park in Ostend, Belgium. At this site, the Maritime Access Division (Department of Mobility and Public Works) will construct research laboratories of 200 by 100 square meters. The project will be connecting to the Port of Ostend as an important player in the field of offshore energy and is in line with the plans of the province of West Flanders in the context of the Factory of the Future Blue Energy.
The operational management of the infrastructure will be carried out under the partnership Ghent University (UGent), University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and Flanders Hydraulics Research, all investing in the project. As such, the relevant Flemish players in the field of scale modeling are joining forces.
 
Vacancies for engineering staff
At this moment, two vacancies are available for the engineering staff to design, construct and operate the COB, as listed hereafter. The formal employment contracts will be coordinated by Ghent University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Coastal Engineering Research Group (UGent – CERG). However, the engineering staff will work for the partnership UGent, KU Leuven and Flanders Hydraulics Research, under the guidance of the Lab Director, who will report to the Board of Directors of the COB. It is expected that more vacancies will become available in the near future.
Working place will be (1) UGent – CERG (Technologiepark 904, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium) as start location, and (2) UGent Greenbridge Science Park in Ostend, as soon as possible after construction of the building (which is expected in 2016).
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the general rules at Ghent University.
 
POSITION 1: Design Engineer
Job description
The design engineer will assist the existing team to design and construct the COB. All aspects related to the design of a wave tank will be included, such as the hydrodynamic characteristics of the current generator, the wave paddle characteristics, the data acquisition and measurement systems, access bridges, workshop organization etc. This position is a full-time position for a fixed duration of 1 year. The start date is expected as soon as possible after the deadline for applications.
 
Profile
·         degree: preferably (civil or mechanical) engineering
·         coastal or/and offshore engineering expertise a plus
·         knowledge of English and Dutch (or willing to learn Dutch in a short period)
·         previous experience with experimental modelling is preferable
·         flexible
·         responsible
·         team worker
 
 
POSITION 2: Senior Wave Tank Engineer
Job description
The senior wave tank engineer will supervise the design team to design and construct the COB, and will operate the COB once constructed. All aspects related to the design of a wave tank will be included, such as the hydrodynamic characteristics of the current generator, the wave paddle characteristics, the data acquisition and measurement systems, access bridges, workshop organization etc. Subsequently, the candidate will set-up and implement the technical test procedures and the quality and safety procedures for using the research facility. We seek an individual with a demonstrated strong expertise in designing and performing experimental model tests for a wide range of applications. The candidate is expected to validate and run the COB at the highest research quality, and will report to the director of the COB. The candidate will support (the promotional activities of) the Gen4Wave project. This position is a full-time position for a fixed duration of 1 year, and may be extended afterwards (based on an internal evaluation) for the operational usage of the COB. The start date is expected as soon as possible after the deadline for applications.
 
Profile
·         degree: PhD (or equivalent experience) in engineering or science in a closely related field
·         knowledge of English and Dutch (or willing to learn Dutch in a short period)
·         previous experience with experimental modelling is required
·         strong motivation for running the wave tank facility at the highest quality
·         problem-solver in a structured way
·         excellent communication skills (orally and written) in English,
·         efficient communication with own research staff and (potential) clients
·         flexible
·         responsible
·         team worker

Informal inquiries about the two positions can be made to Prof. Peter TROCH and/or Prof. Andreas KORTENHAUS , both from the Coastal Engineering Research Group UGent – CERG.
More detailed information on working at UGent is available here. The CERG website is available hereMore information on Gen4Wave is available here.

To apply, please send your full CV with a covering letter indicating for which vacancy you apply, and explaining your interest in this vacancy and highlighting any previous experience of coastal/ocean engineering or designing and/or running experimental tests, to Prof. PeterTroch  BEFORE 15 September 2014.
 
 
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