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Job advertisement PhD Position in Hydrometeorology (Precipitation and Evaporation Measurement)

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PhD Position in Hydrometeorology (Precipitation and Evaporation Measurement)

PhD Position in Hydrometeorology (Precipitation and Evaporation Measurement)


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.

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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.


Delft, Netherlands


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

33000 - 42000 € / Year, approximately (including annual holiday payment of 8% and end of year bonus payment of 8,3%)

Required education

Application deadline
31 May 2021

3 May 2021

Job description

Precipitation and evaporation over land are the two fluxes coupling the terrestrial and the atmospheric parts of the hydrologic cycle. Closely related to the dynamics of floods and droughts, estimating their spatial and temporal variability is crucial for hydrologic science and water management. Nevertheless, accurate and robust monitoring of areal precipitation and evaporation fluxes in different hydro-climatological settings remains a challenge. This PhD research project aims to shed new light on this important issue by:

- investigating the potential of microwave links, combined with ancillary data (such as from distributed temperature sensing), for monitoring evaporation in addition to precipitation;
- investigating the potential of microwave links for retrieving information concerning the microstructure of rainfall, beyond the path-average rainfall rate.

The retrieval algorithms to be developed will be tested in contrasting geographical (rural, urban) and hydro-climatological (temperate, humid, semi-arid) settings around the world (Europe, Africa, Asia).

The successful applicant will join the vibrant Water Management department at TU Delft. The Water Resources section within this department focuses on drought, precipitation, floods and how water behaves in the atmosphere and beneath or on the Earth’s surface.


A completed MSc in hydrology, atmospheric sciences, (environmental) physics, (civil) engineering or related field and affinity with experimental (field) research in sometimes challenging environments as well as with the application of remote sensing in the field of hydrology and water management. Strong quantitative (programming), experimental (design) and communication skills (written and oral) are a prerequisite, as well as affinity with teaching and working with (BSc and MSc) students. If your mother language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, you must submit proof of English proficiency from either TOEFL (minimum total score of 100) or IELTS (minimum total score of 7.0). Proof of English language proficiency certificates older than two years are not accepted.

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.

How to apply

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 31 May 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV at:

- 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.
- Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Remko Uijlenhoet:

For information about the application procedure, please contact Riëlle van Leeuwen: