The Delft University of Technology offers a PhD Scholarship in Engineering for the academic session 2021-2022. This PhD Scholarship in Engineering is a part of the more extensive Dutch Polar Climate and Cryosphere Consortium’ project, funded by the NWO Netherlands Polar Programme.
|Scholarship Sponsor||Delft University of Technology|
|Scholarships level||PhD Position|
|Award Amount||€ 2.395,00 – € 3.061,00|
|Fellowship Period||Four years|
|Opening date||February 28, 2021|
|Closing date||April 04, 2021|
Ice loss of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets is one of the primary sources of current sea-level rise, and their contribution is expected to increase in the coming decades. Estimates of their total mass loss based on different satellite observations show a good agreement, but when considering regional changes, significant differences are noticed. This is partly due to the other way of measuring the ice sheets.
The GRACE/GRACE-FO gravimetry satellites measure mass changes directly but have a low spatial resolution and are sensitive to mass redistribution outside the ice sheets, among others in the solid earth (glacial isostatic adjustment – GIA). Altimeter satellites – for example, CryoSat-2 and ICESat-2 – provide a much higher spatial resolution but measure elevation changes, which then need to be converted to mass changes, which comes with its uncertainties.
In this project, you will combine the complementary strengths of gravimetry and altimetry, exploiting their differences in spectral and process characteristics in a statistical framework informed by a-prior information from, e.g., surface mass balance models, ice flow velocity models, and GIA models. Your work’s ultimate goal is to provide regional estimates of mass changes of the ice sheet together with a robust uncertainty assessment; separate the contribution of ice dynamics and surface processes such as snowfall and melt, and identify temporal variations in these processes through a state-space approach.
Your results will provide essential input for estimates of relative sea-level change and for validation of ice sheet model development efforts within the consortium.
We aim to start the project in early 2021. During the project, you will be supervised by a TU Delft experts team and interact with project partners at Utrecht University, the Netherlands Royal Meteorological Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Besides an exciting research project and a friendly and stimulating work environment, we can offer you generous funds for scientific travel.
The deadline for applications is April 04, 2021
- MSc in Geodesy, Aerospace Engineering, Remotes Sensing, Statistics or related fields
- A solid background in (Bayesian) statistics
- Strong programming skills and experience in the development of data processing algorithms
- Fair reporting and presentation skills
- Excellent level of written and spoken English (for non-native English speakers: TOEFL-score > 100 or IELTS > 7)
- Ability to work independently and to critically assess own results
- Affinity with ice sheet processes.
- Experience with satellite altimetry and/or GRACE gravimetry.
- Experience in handling large data sets and parallel computing, high-performance computing or cloud computing.
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 follow 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.
TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
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Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in 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.
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For additional information on the position and the application process, please contact dr. Ir. Bert Wouters email: [email protected]
Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before April 4 via the application button and upload your:
- Letter of motivation
- Detailed CV
- List of grades/transcripts
- Contact information of 2 references
- Abstract of your master thesis
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.