Research / Academic
  • develop a detailed, high resolution database of critical infrastructure assets, using OpenStreetMap data, satellite data and other (open) data sources;  explore how this database can be integrated with open access data engines such as the Google Earth Engine
  • further develop the Global Tide and Surge Model, together with experts from Deltares, and simulate different coastal flood event for Europe, for different sea-level rise scenarios (including extreme sea-level rise of +3m)
  • combine the infrastructure database and the coastal flood simulations, and assess what European infrastructure is at risk
  • determine how failure of coastal infrastructure due to flooding can cause wider economic impacts to the European economy
  • publish results in international journals and finalize the work in a PhD thesis
  • contribute to teaching
  • present progress at project meetings and international conferences


  • a Master’s degree in Hydrology, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Earth Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Climate Science, Computational Science, Physics, or a related field
  • the preferred candidate will have knowledge of simulation models, programming (Python/Matlab), spatial data processing, and a broader interest in societal and economic risk related to physical hydrodynamic processes
  • strong collaboration and communication skills to work in a larger team of researchers from other disciplines involved in international research projects 

Salary Benefits:

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 3 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP), contribution to commuting allowance based on public transport
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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