Wageningen UniversityPhD candidate coastal sediment tracing using luminescence dating


DEADLINE: 15 March 2020
CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year + 3 years (pending upon 1styear evaluation)
WORKPLACE: Wageningen University


1. Introduction

Do you want to explore how novel luminescence (dating) methods can be used to unravel how sediments move in a coastal system? And would you like to work as a PhD candidate in a multidisciplinary team?

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate in the field of advanced methods for investigating earth surface dynamics. Specifically, you will develop a novel approach to trace transport paths of sand-sized sediments. Based on luminescence dating methods, you will develop a dedicated approach that identifies whether a sand grain is sourced from an artificial coastal nourishment. Then you will apply this method to investigate how nourished sediment disperses through a coastal system.

You will be employed at the Soil Geography and Landscape group of Wageningen University, and be associated with the Netherlands Centre for Luminescence dating. The project is part of a larger research project TRAILS, which investigates sediment dispersal from a large sand nourishment in the Ameland Inlet (northern Netherlands), including ecological interactions and stakeholder perceptions. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of PhD candidates, a post-doc and principal investigators, who are based at four academic institutes, a university of applied sciences, Deltares, and Rijkswaterstaat. The project is funded through the NWO programme ‘Living Labs in the Dutch Delta’.

2. Your qualifications

  • An enthusiastic, creative and proactive candidate who would like to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • MSc degree in Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Physics, or another relevant field.
  • Background in earth surface dynamics, and affinity with coastal systems and quantitative approaches.
  • Experience with or motivation to perform fieldwork, laboratory work, and statistical analyses of complex datasets.
  • You are curiosity driven and passionate about fundamental research in the context of nature-based coastal management.
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English (both oral and written). This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (similar to CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.
  • Willingness to supervise MSc and BSc thesis projects related to your research project, and to contribute to SGL teaching activities (10-15% of your employment).

3.What the position offers you

A full-time position (38 hours), a flexible working time and a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus, among other benefits. 

4.Your application

Please use the apply button on this page and upload the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages A4) providing information on:
    • your motivation to apply for this specific position;
    • how your research and education skills will contribute to the TRAILS project;
  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • Names and contact details for 3 references;
  • A summary of your MSc thesis  (max. 1 page A4).


4. Contact for further information
Professor Jakob Wallinga, (jakob.wallinga@wur.nl); +31 (0)3170 484040.