PhD: Development of an Inversion Scheme to Close the Water Cycle Balance at the Watershed Level 

University of Twente

Twente, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Within the recently funded NWO Vidi grant “Unravelling watershed fluxes to detect emerging changes of the water balance” we are looking for 2 PhD Candidates (see also the other vacancy

This is position 2.

You will develop an inversion scheme to estimate watershed-wide mass fluxes, and (relative) sea level based upon weighted least squares. It will ingest data from the satellite gravity mission GRACE and its follow-on, river discharge estimates, regional sea level estimates and observed vertical land motion. The inversion scheme will have global coverage, but it will be refined in the two focus regions (North Sea and the Greater Horn of Africa) in terms of atmospheric moisture flux and river discharge across the watershed boundaries. You will work closely together with the other PhD position as the inversion scheme will be fed with datasets they produce.

YOUR PROFILE

  • You have an MSc degree in geodesy/geomatics, civil engineering, earth sciences or a related field
  • You have an interdisciplinary mindset and affinity with topics such as the large scale water cycle, sea level, inverse problems and (geodetic) earth observation techniques
  • You have programming skills (python is an advantage), and are interested in geo-informatics, earth observation, cloud computing and working with spatial databases
  • You value applying open science principles in your research
  • You are a team worker
  • You have an excellent command of English (above IELTS 7.5 or equivalent), and enjoy communicating your research to a broader audience

OUR OFFER

We offer you an inspiring multidisciplinary and challenging international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalisation is an important part of the strategic agenda. You will be employed on a fulltime basis for 4 years, with a qualifier in the first year. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch Universities.

  • A starting salary of € 2,541.- in the first year and a salary of € 3,247.- in the fourth year gross per month;
  • Tailor-made educational/development programme of at least 6 months (30EC), including visits to conferences;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programmes;
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

For more information you can contact Dr-Ing Roelof Rietbroek (e-mail: [email protected]). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 30 September 2022 (choose “apply now” below). Your application should include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest to this position, your qualifications and motivation to apply for this position.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended with associated grades and 2 references.
  • An executive summary (maximum 1 page A4) highlighting one of your (MSc) research projects

Job interviews will tentatively be held in the second half of October 2022

The University of Twente wants to be an organisation that optimally deploys diversity, talents and capabilities in the labour market for now and the future. In the framework of our diversity and inclusiveness policy, we strongly stimulate people with a (work) disability to apply for this position.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Water Resources Department of the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente, works in the domains of Water and the Environment, focusing on water, food, energy and ecosystems security and sustainability. The department uses satellite based earth observation and in-situ ground truthing in combination with hydrologic and earth systems modelling and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for the assessment and monitoring of the water, energy and biogeochemical cycles to support planning and management of water resources and freshwater and coastal ecosystems under global change.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED