Postdoc Numerical Modelling of Air-bubble Curtain Generation

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Postdoc Numerical Modelling of Air-bubble Curtain Generation

The aim for the post-doc position is to develop a numerical model to predict the generation of bubble curtains for the required distribution and size of bubbles such that they can be used for effective noise mitigation during piling.  Existing numerical models will be used to predict the generation of the bubble curtain and results will be compared with those of laboratory test or full scale measurements. In addition it is desirable to quantify the power consumption of the compressors and analyse the air flow rates and pressure drops along the length hoses

This post-doc position is part of the Joint Industry Project ‘Bubbles’ within the GROW joint research programme on offshore wind energy. Bubbles JIP will contribute to more efficient and effective designs of bubble curtains to reduce noise during offshore installation. This project researches the current practice of bubble curtain generation, sound propagation of piling noise through water and soil and the physical mechanism of noise attenuation by air bubbles. The project also includes the development of technology to measure the bubble size distribution and concentration over the water depth, also in relation to waves and current.

The tentative starting date is October 1, 2020 and the duration of the project is 1 year.

The Department of Hydraulic Engineering is mainly concerned with major surface waters such as rivers, estuaries and seas. The focus is on understanding, designing and implementing human interventions in the natural environment for the discharge of water, for protection against water, for transport over water and for buiding in water.

Within the department, the Offshore Engineering group conducts applied and fundamental research of value to the offshore engineering community. Alongside the research activities, the group is strongly involved in education within the Offshore and Dredging Engineering interfaculty curriculum. Both the research and education are carried out in close cooperation with the energy-oriented companies focused on the offshore developments. The research mission of the group is to provide mechanics-based tools and solutions to offshore engineering challenges. The focus of the research is placed on the integral modelling and design of offshore structures under various loads such as wind, waves, currents and ice. Currently on the frontline are the research projects associated with the deep water challenges, developments in the Arctic and expansion of the offshore wind sector.

The candidate should:
hold a Ph.D. degree in fluid mechanics or related field;
  • have some background knowledge in the field of offshore engineering;
  • have experience with advanced numerical modelling and programming;
  • have strong analytical skills;
  • be eager to work at the intersection of several research domains.
  • have an excellent knowledge of the English language.

Conditions of employment
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: €  3.389- €  3.773). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount 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. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers both in business and in a social context. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programmes to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

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Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences
The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of 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. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

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Additional information
For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Antonio Jarquin-Laguna, Assistant professor, email:, tel: +31(0)152783297. (Cc in all email communication Dr. Apostolos Tsouvalas, email:

For information about the selection procedure, please contact HR Advisor Marloes Heemskerk, email:

Application procedure
To apply, please submit a detailed curriculum vitae with a full publication list, a letter of motivation, a research statement and contact details of 2-3 references.  

All your application information should be combined in a single PDF entitled:

Please note that applications will only be processed if all documents required are compiled into a single pdf document.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

Job Info
Delft, Zuid-Holland, NL

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