Two Postdoc Positions Modelling and Observation of Water-soil-plant-atmosphere Interactions Using Vegetation-integrated Sensors

Delft University of Technology has an opening postdoctoral researcher position in wireless communication. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and 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. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these 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.

We are looking for two enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers for the Departments of Water Management and Geosciences&Remote Sensing. The main tasks of the candidates will be (1) to establish an instrumented field site with a network of smart, low-cost, low-power environmental and plant-integrated sensors and (2) to analyse temperature and moisture profiles at the plant scale and in a crop field so as to gain a better understanding of land-atmosphere interactions in vegetated areas around the world. The candidate in the Water Management Department will focus on plant-water-atmosphere relations so as to improve our fundamental knowledge on the hydrological cycle, including the biosphere. The candidate in Geosciences&Remote Sensing will focus on micro-meteorological processes, aiming to improve the future generation of weather and climate models.

The two postdoctoral positions are part of the 4TU-Plantenna research program, an exciting, strongly multi-disciplinary program that involves 10 research groups at the Netherlands' four universities of technology: Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University, University of Twente and TU Eindhoven. The programme focuses on the research and development of novel autonomous technology that utilizes sensors for collecting information from plants about the condition of the crop, and the environment. Energy harvesting technology will enable autonomous operation. By developing wireless communication ICs and dedicated antennas, plants equipped with this technology will be linked in networks - an 'internet of cyber plants' - to deal with the intertwined challenges of climate change, pollution and food shortages (

- Collaborate in a 4TU wide network of researchers within the Plantenna program.

- Within this programme, contribute to sensor solutions for the intertwined problems of climate change, pollution and food shortages.

- Work on scientific and engineering challenges in close contact with both academic and industrial partners.

- Closely collaborate with and be an inspiring member of the research team.

The succesfull candidates are in possession of a doctoral degree in Environmental or Earth Sciences with affinity for sensor technology and proven experience in field experimentation. He or she should have a good understanding of (and be fascinated by) Environmental Physics and enjoy to find out ‘how things work’. The candidate is expected to publish her/his research in scientific journals and conferences. The candidate should be capable of performing independent research and working in a team on research projects. The researcher should have an open personality and good communication skills to closely cooperate with colleagues, students, local stakeholders and international project partners.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For more information about this position, you can contact Marie-claire ten Veldhuis, Associate professor, e-mail:, tel: +31 152784734 or Bas van de Wiel, full professor, e-mail:

Please e-mail all your application information, including your CV, a list of publications, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three referencesalong with a letter of motivation, in one single PDF entitled Lastname_ CITG18-42.pdf by31 October 2018 to


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