In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, hydrological, hydraulic, ecological and morphodynamic research is ongoing in the Hydraulics Section of the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science, and in the Geography and Tourism Division of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences.
The Hydraulics Division focuses on coastal and estuarine hydraulics, sediment mechanics and urban and river hydrology and hydraulics. This division conducts fundamental and applied research on the interaction between waves, currents and particle transport.
Research in the Geography and Tourism Division focuses on the study of human-environment interactions and the way in which these shape the physical environment. Particularly relevant is this divisions’ expertise in geomorphic processes (soil erosion, sediment transport and deposition, fluvial morphodynamics) at various spatial and temporal scales, complemented with competences within other research divisions of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in biogeochemical cycles, plant-soil interactions, ecology and remote sensing of vegetation, water and soil systems.
Both divisions make extensive use of data from field or laboratory measurements and remote sensing. They also use (open-source) numerical models, for which they develop new process models.
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, jointly between the Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Civil Engineering, and the Faculty of Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, there is a full-time academic position to perform research on the interactions between hydrodynamics, sediment transport and biota.
Rivers, estuaries and coastal environments are faced with many challenges following natural environmental change and human disturbances, yet are very complex systems characterised by an interplay between geomorphological, ecological and hydraulic processes that is so far poorly understood. While engineers seek for sustainable solutions to protect the earth against threats by natural disasters or human disturbances, more and more we try to learn from nature which seems to be able to engineer itself. In view of climate change, nature-based solutions are a promising way to go, but there is still is big gap of knowledge and understanding about how nature functions, how living materials interact with water and sediments to create or sustain their ideal habitat or how they adapt to changing conditions.
We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field(s) of (eco-)hydraulics and/or (eco-)morphodynamics. It is aimed for that you conduct fundamental and applied research on the interactions between hydrodynamics, sediment transport and biota in fluvial, estuarine and/or coastal environments, with a focus on the mutual feedbacks between these three players. You will use current state of the art and develop new methods to understand the role of biological processes in morphodynamics, and look for applications of sustainable, nature-based solutions for environmental problems (e.g. in the view of climate change). You will support the design and set-up a new state-of-art laboratory where the interactions between water, sediments and (living) biota can be studied, which aims at becoming a unique facility of international reputation.
More info on the job description and how to apply can be found here: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55653106