15 Phd candidates: Investigating subsurface processes in the Netherlands Delft University of Technology, Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences / Geoscience and Remote Sensing Netherlands

15 Phd candidates: Investigating subsurface processes in the Netherlands


Department/faculty: Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences / Geoscience and Remote Sensing


Level: University Graduate


Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly


Contract: 48 months


Salary: 2325 - 2972 euros monthly (full-time basis)


Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences / Geoscience and Remote Sensing

 

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and 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. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these 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.


The Geoscience Departments at The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) received funding from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for five projects for innovative research into the effect of human interventions in the deep subsurface. The research programme seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of dynamics resulting from human interventions such as gas production and geological storage of CO2.

 

Job description
Five projects will start at TU Delft to investigate deep subsurface processes.


Project 1: Science4Steer: a scientific basis for production and reinjection strategies to minimize induced seismicity in Dutch gas fields. With laboratory experiments and computer models we help the society make better decisions by providing understanding how we can steer subsurface activities safely. The project will be carried out in close cooperation with Utrecht University. Read more: www.tudelft.nl/ceg/Science4Steer


Project 2: Subsidence: Monitoring and Modeling the Groningen Subsurface based on integrated Geodesy and Geophysics: improving the space-time dimension. Subsidence: nuisance, tell-tale, or resource? Using satellite data and advanced subsurface models, we will investigate how to optimally integrate improved observational and modelling methods to understand what lies beneath. Read more: www.tudelft.nl/ceg/Subsidence.


Project 3: SOFTTOP: Investigating heterogeneous soft top soils for wave propagation, cyclic degradation and liquefaction potential. The design of a new dynamic testing facility, combined with laboratory testing, field tests and the development of material models will provide industry guidance and prototype analysis tools. Read more: www.tudelft.nl/ceg/SOFTTOP.


Project 4: InFocus: An Integrated Approach to Estimating Fault Slip Occurrence. Using data-assimilation methods, the aim is to provide probabilistic estimates of fault slip occurrence. The computational framework is a first step towards a decision-making tool that through considering different gas-production scenarios will help to minimize the effects of earthquakes for society. The research will be carried out in close cooperation with Utrecht University. Read more: www.tudelft.nl/ceg/InFocus.


Project 5: DeepImage: Multi-scale geophysical imaging, monitoring and forecasting of induced seismicity. Forecasting the ground motion in Groningen. In this project we develop a new forecasting methodology, which combines laboratory experiments with seismic modelling and monitoring techniques. This research will contribute to a better understanding of the relation between human intervention in the subsurface and its effects at the earth's surface. Read more: www.tudelft.nl/ceg/DeepImage.

Requirements
Given the variety of projects, we seek candidates with a variety of backgrounds within quantitative (geo-)science and engineering, such as mathematics, soil mechanics, geodesy, petroleum engineering, hydrology, mechanical engineering or (geo-)physics. Do you have an MSc degree in one of these subjects and with proven excellence in physical and mathematical thinking, then one of these projects can offer the environment for you to develop your research career. You are able to work independently but also within the projectteam, develop new initiatives and have the ambition to develop a research career. Of course you possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English and you are a fast learner with a broad interest. Specific requirements for the positions are provided at each of the project websites https://www.tudelft.nl/en/ceg/about-faculty/departments/geoscience-engineering/vacancies/deepnl/tu-delft-vacancies-deepnl.

 

Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, 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 childcare 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.


The minimum salary is your salary in your first year. The salary mentioned as the maximum will be your salary in your fourth year.


As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.graduateschool.tudelft.nl for more information.

 

Information and application
For more information about these positions, please contact the projectleader.To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, proof of English language proficiency, abstract of your MSc thesis (1 page), 2 pages about your ideas of an approach and methodology for facing the societal challenges mentioned in the projectdescriptions, along with a letter of application in a single PDF file with specific vacancynumber of the project by 31 January 2019 to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl. Please make sure to include in your document examples of projects in which you successfully demonstrate your knowledge and technical and analytical skills.


Please find below the contactdetails per project and the vacancynumber you need to refer to in your pdf application document:


Project 1: Science4Steer; Prof Jan Dirk Jansen, J.D.Jansen@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.61_Lastname.pdf


Project 2; Subsidence; Prof Ramon Hanssen, R.F.Hanssen@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.62_Lastname.pdf


Project 3; SOFTTOP; Prof Michael Hicks, M.A.Hicks@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.63_Lastname.pdf


Project 4; InFocus; Dr. Femke Vossepoel, F.C.Vossepoel@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.64_Lastname.pdf


Project 5; DeepImage; Prof Kees Wapenaar, C.P.A.Wapenaar@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.65_Lastname.pdf.


For more information about these positions, please contact the projectleader.To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, proof of English language proficiency, abstract of your MSc thesis (1 page), 2 pages about your ideas of an approach and methodology for facing the societal challenges mentioned in the projectdescriptions, along with a letter of application in a single PDF file with specific vacancynumber of the project by 15 February 2019 to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl. Please make sure to include in your document examples of projects in which you successfully demonstrate your knowledge and technical and analytical skills.


Please find below the contactdetails per project and the vacancynumber you need to refer to in your pdf application document:


Project 1: Science4Steer; Prof Jan Dirk Jansen,J.D.Jansen@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.61_Lastname.pdf


Project 2; Subsidence; Prof Ramon Hanssen, R.F.Hanssen@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.62_Lastname.pdf


Project 3; SOFTTOP; Prof Michael Hicks, M.A.Hicks@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.63_Lastname.pdf


Project 4; InFocus; Dr. Femke Vossepoel, F.C.Vossepoel@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.64_Lastname.pdf


Project 5; DeepImage; Prof Kees Wapenaar, C.P.A.Wapenaar@tudelft.nl; CiTG18.65_Lastname.pdf.


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