Postdoc position in numerical modelling of coastal particulate transport

The Hydraulics Division of the KU Leuven Department of Civil Engineering offers a 2 year postdoc position (2017-2018) in the framework of the EU JPI Oceans Microplastics project WEATHER-MIC ( The task consists of the set-up of a 3-dimensional numerical model to simulate the transport, fate and dispersion of microplastic particles released from water treatment plant overflows in the Oslo Fjord and the Himmerfjärden Bay (Stockholm).

During this period, the postdoc will also contribute to the BELSPO STEREOIII project Proba4Coast (comparison of simulated SPM data with remote sensing images for the Belgian coastal area), the BELSPO project INID67 (numerical simulation of SPM in the Belgian coastal area) and the VLAIO funded SBO project CREST (Climate resilient Coast – (numerical simulation of beach erosion for the Belgian coast).

In all these case the same TELEMAC modelling system will be used. Different new process modules (especially for flocculation and biofilm formation) will have to be developed, implemented and tested.

The research is a continuation of ongoing work, i.e. much preparatory work (including the set-up of the hydrodynamic models) is mostly done. The selected postdoc will collaborate with other researchers within the KU Leuven Sediment Mechanics research group, as well as with TELEMAC users and developers in Belgium, France and the UK.


The candidate holds a PhD degree in civil, hydraulic or coastal engineering, oceanography or mechanical engineering (specialized in CFD). The master degree does not need to be in the same discipline. The ideal candidate has:

  • theoretical knowledge of the physics of fluid flow, turbulence, waves and particulate (or sediment) transport
  • experience in numerical modelling of fluid flow (computational fluid dynamics, preferably applied to 2D and 3D hydraulics and morphodynamics)
  • experience in the use of the TELEMAC system (TELEMAC, TOMAWAC and SISYPHE) and knowledge of its code and numerical techniques
  • experience in CFD code development and theoretical knowledge of numerical modelling
  • experience in coding in FORTRAN.

Candidatures (including motivation letter, CV, diploma transcripts and relevant publications) and requests for further information can be sent to: Prof. Erik TOORMAN Hydraulics Division, Department of Civil Engineering, KU Leuven Kasteelpark Arenberg 40 (box 2448), B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. +32 16 32 16 59, Fax +32 16 32 19 89

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