Within the CoastScan project you will develop, implement and validate methodology to extract and parameterize changes from 24/7 Permanent Laser Scanning (PLS) topographic beach data. The overall goal of the CoastScan project is to obtain better understanding on  how a sandy beach changes in between storm periods. During those periods, changes are relatively small and were, until now, difficult to measure. PLS involves a terrestrial laser scanner that is mounted on a fixed position like a beach hotel  and scanning the beach at regular (hourly) intervals. This setup results in an unprecedented 3D space-time cube of topographic beach data, consisting easily of thousands of consecutive point clouds of beach topography. Until now, little experience exists on how to efficiently  extract valid geometric information from such data set.

As a new staff member you will focus on methods to quantify flood risk and resilience and to incorporate resilience in designs for flood risk reduction in cities and urban regions, including both grey and green (nature-based) interventions. This will require knowledge from risk & reliability, hydraulic infrastructure and physical aspects such as hydraulics and / or geotechnics. Approaches will be developed to assess the contribution of interventions to resilience and risk reduction and to design and optimize strategies to reduce risks and improve resilience. Past cases including hurricanes (e.g. Houston after Harvey, New Orleans after Katrina), winter storm surge (e.g. France after Xynthia, the Netherlands), and monsoon flooding and tsunamis in Asia will be analyzed to identify critical factors for lack of resilience. New approaches to incorporate resilience will be applied in a “research by design” approach to program case studies, including Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Houston after hurricane Harvey.

PhD: projects in general

As opposed to the situation in many other countries, Dutch universities do not have cursory PhD-programmes with a certain number of positions per year.

Our system is based upon proposals and grants, and it involves lengthy application procedures (duration at least one year, with a rather low score chance). In practice, this means that we apply for a position first, and start looking for a candidate once it has been granted.

All current positions and PhD opportunities are published on the Delft University of Technology website on the following webpages.