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PhD Research Position in Coastal Processes and Morphology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Reference:                        PhD-HYST 0813
Organization:                   Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium ( www.vub.ac.be )
Starting date:                   November 2015
Research description:
The Department of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) invites applications for a PhD position to work on coastal processes and morphology starting in November 2015. The successful candidate will participate in a fundamental strategic research project, ‘‘CREST - Climate resilient coast. Wave action in a changing climate: effects on the dynamics of the coast and implications for future safety strategies’’, funded by the IWT (Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology) and work in a multidisciplinary team-working environment.
The main objective of the CREST project is to gain a better understanding of nearshore and onshore physical processes and flood risks and to determine the resilience of the natural coastal system in relation to storms and wind in order to define improved climate change scenarios for the Belgian coast. The PhD research will focus on how wind and wave impacts on morphodynamics and natural coastal protection. The main research work will include (1) analyzing seasonal to long-term coastal morphology using a broad range of remote sensing data (e.g. field topographic, LiDAR, Argus video monitoring) at several study sites with different environmental characteristics; (2) investigating meteo-marine forcing regimes and trigger events such as storms; and (3) sensitivity analysis of resilience capacity to sedimentological, morphological and meteo-marine parameters.
Required qualifications:
The candidate holds a master degree in Physical Geography, Oceanography, Earth System Science, Engineering, or related fields. Additional background in coastal geomorphology and hydrodynamic studies as well as remote sensing processing will be an asset. Experience of appropriate data analysis and modeling software (e.g. MATLAB) is essential to the position. The candidate shall be able to carry out research investigation independently, and willing to work in a multidisciplinary team. He/she should be proficient in English, have excellent scientific writing, planning and communication skills, and be an enthusiastic team player.
To apply:
Interested individuals should send your application before Sept.30, 2015.
Applications must include:
(1) motivation letter;
(2) curriculum vitae;
(3) study transcript of your latest degree;
(4) names and contact information for three referees.
Direct application and enquiries should be sent via email to Prof. Dr. Margaret Chen  (Margaret.Chen@vub.ac.be) with subject heading “PhD-HYST 0813”.

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