Do you have an interest in the future of water network management and operation? We have a PhD position in the AquaConnect program, where collaboration is an import part of the job.
AquaConnect is a NWO-funded research program with 13 PhD’s and 4 Post Docs supported by about 40 stakeholders that aims to develop innovative solutions for making water supply resilient against future droughts. AquaConnect offers you the opportunity to do your PhD in digital smart water-grid, to work with others and to add value to the program.
Within the ‘digital smart water-grid’ work package at Delft University of Technology and under the daily supervision of Assistant Proffessor Edo Abraham, you are expected to
- Develop spatio-temporal demand patterns using data and model-based approaches for matching water demand and supply in future
- Explore decentralized decision-making models in take up of alternative water sources and technologies to meet supply under different integration of sustainable technologies, and demographic, socio-economic, climate change scenarios.
- Communicate the practical implications of this research to specific stakeholders and the general public;
- Publish the research results in high quality international journals and conferences.
As a PhD-candidate in AquaConnect, you will be expected to closely cooperate with other (PhD) researchers and end-users from various companies to translate your scientific results into tangible pilot-application and demonstration in these Dutch demonstration areas.
The Dutch delta faces enormous challenges in fresh water provision for industry, agriculture, nature and drinking water during increasingly frequent severe droughts due to climate change.
This requires a major overhaul towards a water system that stores precipitation surplus instead of discharging it to the sea and towards use of alternative water sources, such as waste water treatment plant effluents, rain water collected from residential areas and brackish water.
AquaConnect is instrumental in this transition by developing: i) chemical technologies enabling use of domestic/industrial effluents and brackish (ground)water, ii) digital technologies to design smart grid infrastructures to connect supply, demand, and nature based storage, iii) tools to manage related societal changes, and iv) demonstrations in four utilisation cases and international twinning.
AquaConnect scientific research will be performed in the following workpackages:
- Digital technologies to identify new groundwater resources and determine the impact of its extraction.
- Risk-assessment of cyclic water systems that include nature-based treatment and storage
- Chemical and physical technologies for fit-for-purpose water, brine and sludge supply
- Freshwater provision governance
- The digital smart water-grid
More details about the programme can be found on: https://www.wur.nl/en/newsarticle/Wageningen-research-on-reuse-of-wastewater-awarded-six-million-euros.htm or check out this video.
The candidate we are looking for has demonstrated competences in one or more of these categories: statistical learning, applied mathematics, operations research, data-driven decision making under uncertainty or another relevant field.
Furthermore you have a proven record and interest in further developing your modelling, programming, analytical and scientific writing skills
Since project will start this year we expect you to have a successfully completed MSc degree.
Have excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level) both written and verbally, preferably with proven test-results available.
Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.
Challenge. Change. Impact!
Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences
The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.
Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.
The Water Management Department consists of two research groups. The Water Resources group focuses on drought, precipitation, floods and how water behaves in the atmosphere and beneath or on the Earth’s surface.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Edo Abraham, email@example.com.
We aim to start with AquaConnect by September 1st, 2021.
Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 24 May 2021 via the application button and upload your:
- letter of motivation
- detailed CV
- list of grades/transcripts
- contact information of 2 references
- abstract of your master thesis
Make sure to include in your motivation/documentation examples where you successfully demonstrate your mathematical modelling and technical and analytical skills.
- You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
- A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.