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PhD Position in Hydrometeorology (Opportunistic Rainfall Monitoring)

Position
PhD Position in Hydrometeorology (Opportunistic Rainfall Monitoring)

Employer

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.

Homepage: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/


Location
Delft, Netherlands

Sector
Academic

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

Type
Full time

Level
Student / Graduate / Internship

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

Required education
Master

Application deadline
31 May 2021

Posted
3 May 2021

Job description

Microwave backhaul links from cellular communication networks provide a valuable “opportunistic” source of high-resolution space–time rainfall information, complementing traditional in situ measurement devices (rain gauges, disdrometers) and remote sensors (weather radars, satellites). A growing community of researchers has, in close collaboration with mobile network operators, developed retrieval algorithms to convert the raw microwave link signals to hydro-meteorologically useful rainfall estimates. The greatest potential of these opportunistic environmental sensors lies in those geographical areas where the densities of traditional rainfall measurement devices are low: mountainous and to a lesser extent urban areas, but most importantly low- and middle-income countries

This PhD research project aims to contribute to solving a number of outstanding challenges concerning the use of commercial microwave links (CMLs) for high-resolution space-time rainfall monitoring and short-term forecasting (nowcasting). This will be investigated in contrasting settings, geographically (rural, urban), hydro-climatologically (temperate, humid, semi-arid) and in terms of CML network characteristics (link lengths, frequencies, antenna types, network topologies) around the world (Europe, Africa, Asia). CMLs will be considered both in a stand-alone fashion and combined with rainfall data from other opportunistic and dedicated sensors.

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.

Requirements

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:

https://www.tudelft.nl/over-tu-delft/werken-bij-tu-delft/vacatures/details/?nPostingId=1342&nPostingTargetId=2851&id=QEZFK026203F3VBQBLO6G68W9&LG=NL&mask=external

- 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: R.Uijlenhoet@tudelft.nl.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Riëlle van Leeuwen: R.vanLeeuwen-3@tudelft.nl.