Postdoc in Quantitative Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning of Urban Water Systems

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The Urban Water Engineering section at the Department of Environmental Engineering offers a 3 year position in quantitative modelling of urban water for strategic planning under deep uncertainty. The position is a key element in the Water Smart Cities project funded by Innovation Fund Denmark with participation of leading Danish industries and utilities within urban water management.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc will develop modelling tools that support strategic planning of urban storm- and wastewater management. This includes a quantification of how different management strategies satisfy different stakeholder needs, as well as an assessment of the robustness of strategies to different urban developments and climates.   
The aim is to develop a setup which links detailed urban development models, hydrological and hydrodynamic models, as well as data-driven methods to assess the performance of different water management strategies. Socio-economic evaluation of different strategies will be performed in collaboration with a PhD student and the acceptance of modelling methods should be validated with relevant stakeholders from industry, utilities and municipalities.

The position involves teaching obligations up to 20% of the allocated work time, as well as administrative tasks in the Water Smart Cities project.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Preference will be given to candidates that have competences in
  • urban drainage or hydrology,
  • programming in GIS (GDAL) and the implementation of cost-benefit assessments based on spatially distributed data
  • hydrodynamic modelling of urban water systems to assess flood risk and CSO
  • the application of statistics for analysing large datasets.

The working language at DTU is English. As the position requires communication with practitioners to a significant extent, applicants should be willing to acquire Danish language skills.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position will be placed at DTU Lyngby Campus. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, email:, +45 4525 1450.

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Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 24 September 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The department of Environmental Engineering is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe.

The department conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, and environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction. The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers.
The department has a staff of 180 including 25 faculty, 30 post-docs, 70 PhD and 100 MSc students from more than 30 countries.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.