PhD positions NWA-ORC-program Living on Soft Soils: Subsidence & Society (1.0 FTE) at Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research and Delft University of Technology

Positie: 
Onderwijs en onderzoek
Uren per week: 
36 tot 40
Faculteit of dienst: 
Faculteit Geowetenschappen
Afdeling: 
GEO / Dept FG
Uiterlijk reageren op: 
10 april 2020

Functie

Within the framework of the joint NWA-ORC-programme Living on Soft Soils: Subsidence & Society project of Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research, Deltares Research Institute, TNO, Wageningen Environmental Research and Utrecht University we are seeking motivated PhD candidates to work on this collaborative research programme.

Project description

The threat of land subsidence, the knowledge hiatus on process-interplays causing it, and lacking mid- to long-term coping strategies, ask for an integrated research programme that addresses the issue of land subsidence in a holistic way, whereby insights about physical-chemical-biological system functioning, development, evaluation and implementation of measures as well as an assessment of their governance and legal implications co-evolve. The overall aim of this programme is to develop an integrative approach to achieve feasible, legitimate and sustainable solutions for managing the negative societal effects of land subsidence, connecting fundamental research on subsidence processes to socio-economic impact of subsidence and to governance and legal framework design.

The programme consists of 4 scientific work packages:

WP1: Measuring and monitoring of land subsidence

WP2: Land subsidence mechanisms and associated greenhouse gas emissions

WP3: Impact analysis of land subsidence

WP4: Measures and governance approaches to cope with land subsidence

This project is funded by and contributes to the Dutch Research Agenda – Research along routes by consortia (NWA-ORC) aiming to stimulate research and innovation focused on the NWA routes, designed and implemented by interdisciplinary consortia spanning the entire knowledge chain, in which relevant social partners (Deltares Research Institute, TNO, NAM, Tauw BV, Sweco, Municipality of Gouda, Platform of Soft Soil Municipalities, Province of Utrecht, WDOD, HDSR, STOWA, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom relations, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and Wageningen Environmental research) are also represented.

Work package 1 focusses on making remote sensing data on total subsidence useful for human-induced soft-soil shallow subsidence analysis and forecasting, by optimizing its processing and by filtering for subsidence due to other factors: background natural ones (tectonic and hydroglacio-isostatic) and human-induced processed in the deeper substrate (drinking water from aquifers at intermediate depth; salt mining and gas field exploitation at kilometers depth). 

  • Delft University of Technology is seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on Geodesy and Remote Sensing (1.0 FTE)
  • Utrecht University is seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on Subsidence & Society: Relative sea-level rise related subsidence (1.0 FTE) (position Work Package 1.3).

Work package 2 (WP2) focusses on the mechanisms of land subsidence, as occurring under human land management, as a consequence of drainage (polder water management) and loading (made ground overburden, constructions), and includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emission due to oxidation of organics by topsoil aeration. Subsidence in soft clayey soils and peat soils is considered the result of shrinkage, primary consolidation, viscous behaviour (creep), the loss of fibre strength, and organic matter oxidation. WP2 wants to resolve the interactive effects and relative contribution of these processes in total subsidence and GHG emissions. WP2 aims to study and quantify the process contributions and interactions for the full range of soft soils existing in the Netherlands. 

For this work package

  • Utrecht University is seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on Coupling microbial oxidation pathways to subsidence vulnerability in peat soils (1.0 FTE) (position Work Package 2.1).
  • Utrecht University and Deltares Research Institute are seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on understanding long term viscous and short term elastic soft soil deformation leading to land subsidence (1.0 FTE) (position Work Package 2.2).
  • Wageningen University & Research is seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on measuring and modelling the effects of soil management on peat subsidence and emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide (position Work Package 2.3).
  • Utrecht University is seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on Physical and chemical subsurface processes in Holocene sediment leading to land subsidence 91.0 FTE) (position Work Package 2.4).

Work package 3 focusses on impact analysis through making data-rich spatial forecasts, starting from the actual situation (WP1 handled datasets) and process understanding (WP2 handled insights), adding modules for categorised damage prediction (WP3), and repeated for alternative scenarios (climate variability, economic scenarios, with and without WP4 adaptive and mitigative measure designs).

For this work package

  • Delft University if Technology and Delateres Research Institute are seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on Damage on Assessment of Buildings and Infrastructures (1.0 FTE) (position Work Package 3.2).

Work package 4 focuses on the identification of technical and economic measures to mitigate and adapt to subsidence as well as governance and legal strategies that facilitate their implementation. The objectives of WP4 are to: i) identify suitable mitigation, adaptation and compensation measures, ii) develop economic and financial tools aiming at supporting parties to carry the costs of damage and/or implementation of measures, iii) provide recommendations for strengthening governance capacities for dealing with existing and new challenges (e.g. drought, salinization due to sea-level rise) in water management and spatial planning, iv) develop equitable and legitimate legal frameworks to effectively implement new strategies of dealing with subsidence.

For this work package

  • Utrecht University is seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on Subsidence & Society: enhancing governance capacities for dealing with land subsidence (1.0 FTE) (position Work Package 4.2).

Profiel

The specific qualifications per position can be found via the link mentioned at the bottom of this advertisement.

Aanbod

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for one year with extension to four years in total upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross salary ranges between €2,325 and €2,972 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. 

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Over de organisatie

More information about all institutes can be obtained from the links mentioned at the bottom of this advertisement.

Aanvullende informatie

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

All institutions are committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce, and we strongly encourage women to apply.

We are looking forward to receiving your application and meeting you!

Solliciteren

To apply you can click on the link mentioned at the PhD position you would like to apply on. If you are interested in more than one of these positions you will need to apply for each position individually.

Position Work package 1.1 PhD position at TU Delft on Geodesy and Remote Sensing (1.0 FTE)

Position Work package 1.3 PhD Position on Relative sea-level rise related subsidence (1.0 FTE) at Utrecht University

Position Work package 2.1 PhD Position on Coupling microbial oxidation pathways to subsidence vulnerability in peat soils (1.0 FTE) at Utrecht University

Position Work package 2.2 PhD Position on understanding long term viscous and short term elastic soft soil deformation leading to land subsidence (1.0 FTE) at Utrecht University and Deltares Research Institute

Position Workpackage 2.3 PhD Position on measuring and modelling the effects of soil management on peat subsidence and emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide at Wageningen University and Research

Position Workpackage 2.4 PhD position NWA-ORC programme Living on Soft Soils at Utrecht University on Physical and chemical subsurface processes in Holocene sediment leading to land subsidence  

Position Workpackage 3.2 PhD position NWA-ORC programme Living on Soft Soils: Damage on Assessment of Buildings and Infrastructures (1.0 FTE) at Technical University Delft 

Position Workpackage 4.2 PhD position NWA-ORC-programme Living on Soft Soils: Subsidence & Society: enhancing governance capacities for dealing with land subsidence (1.0 FTE) at Utrecht University 

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