Post-doc: Modelling Density Turbidity Currents Using Delft3D

Faculty/department: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: PhD degree
Maximum employment: 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
Duration of contract: 2 years
Salary scale: 3238 to 4084 per month gross

Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of the departments of Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Watermanagement.

The Department of Geoscience and Engineering is part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and encompasses five sections: Applied Geology, Applied Petrophysics and Geophysics, Geo-Engineering, Resource Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. Within the Department there is considerable scope and encouragement for interdisciplinary research.

The increasingly intensive use of the Earth's subsurface calls for detailed understanding of its geometric and physical properties. The Applied Geology section develops knowledge to quantify subsurface sedimentological and structural heterogeneities and their impact on mechanical and flow behaviour. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, we combine analysis of outcropping analogs (recent and fossil) with characterisation and numerical modelling tools.

Job description

This post-doc project is sponsored by Statoil and aims to explore the limits of the existing open source numerical model Delft3D for 3D applications in deep water settings involving sediment gravity flows, to include investigation of different types of gravity flows. It will extend the model application domain to 3D (Phase A), verify the erosion and deposition patterns based on experimental data and field data (Phase B), and will look into the requirements for future code adjustment (major code adjustment is not part of this project) that would allow for more complex high-density and cohesive flows (Phase C). This project is in close collaboration with experts from Deltares and Statoil.


We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a PhD degree and a strong affinity for numerical modelling (basic programming and analytical skills). He/she needs to be an expert in understanding the physical processes related to density currents, rheology, and sediment transport, and have strong understanding of sedimentary geology. Versatility and ability to work in a team are a necessity.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers an attractive, customisable compensation and benefits package, including a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers day care, before- and after-school care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. J. Storms. phone: +31 (0)15-2784810, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, summary of academic record or research experience, abstract of your PhD thesis (1 page), list of any publications, grades list, proof of English language proficiency and contact details of two references, along with a letter of application in a single PDF file entitled CiTG17.44_Lastname.pdf by 15 February 2018 to

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