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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Modelling of river response following catastrophic sediment release

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Modelling of river response following catastrophic sediment release


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Geosciences Rennes

Rennes, France


Relevant divisions
Geomorphology (GM)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Natural Hazards (NH)



31404 - 44748 € / Year, Gross Salary

Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

18 November 2019

Job description

The Geosciences Rennes department (CNRS/University of Rennes) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow to work on improving the prediction of sediment dispersion and river morphodynamics following co-seismic landsliding or tailing dam failure. We are looking for a talented scientist with previous experience in developing or using numerical models of fluvial sediment transport, 2D/3D high resolution hydraulics or landscape evolution. The applicant should be proficient in at least one coding language (python, C++, matlab, …), and willing to spend a few weeks per year in New-Zealand.

The successful applicant will be based in Rennes (France), and work closely with PI’s Dimitri Lague, Philippe Davy and Jamie Howarth (Victoria Univ, NZ), and will contribute to other exciting projects currently in the team such as the ERC Feasible (Philippe Steer) and research projects using the topo-bathymetric Lidar platform.

The research will focus on:
1) advancing the EROS 2D morphodynamics model (Davy et al., 2017; Croissant et al., 2017..) to include a multi-grain size component.
2) applying the model to evaluate the influence of the grain size distribution on the magnitude and duration of fluvial morphodynamics response to post earthquake increases in sediment supply.
3) applying the model to predict the downstream dispersion and resident time of fine material in rivers and floodplains following catastrophic sediment release by landslides or dam.

The position is funded through the NZ GNS led project “Kaikoura earthquake-induced landscape dynamics” and the Brittany regional council.

The candidate should possess a PhD in Geosciences, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Physics, Hydrology, Physical Geography, or a related discipline by the date of their appointment and have research experience in fluvial geomorphology. Speaking French is not mandatory.

Preference will be given to applicants with significant experience in modeling, coding, communication and writing skills.

How to apply

All informations and details on the application can be found on the dedicated CNRS jobs website