You conduct fundamental and applied research on the interactions between hydrodynamics, sediment transport and biota in fluvial, estuarine and/or coastal environments, with a focus on the mutual feedbacks between these three players.
You will use current state of the art and develop new methods to understand the role of biological processes in morphodynamics, and look for applications of sustainable, nature-based solutions for environmental problems (e.g. in the view of climate change).
You will support the design and set-up a new state-of-art laboratory where the interactions between water, sediments and (living) biota can be studied, which aims at becoming a unique facility of international reputation.
You look for opportunities to valorise your research in collaboration with government and/or industry.
You set up national and international collaborations in this field.
You strive for excellence in your research and provide contributions to the continued development and the international character of the research groups and departments.
You publish at the highest scientific level, acquire resources for fundamental and applied research, develop international collaborations and supervise PhDs at an international level.
You ensure high-quality education in the programmes of Civil Engineering, Geography and Water Resources Engineering, with a clear commitment to the excellence of these programmes. You cover courses in the field of hydraulics, sediment transport and morphodynamics, and support students to develop skills in a laboratory and field environment and in numerical modelling. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the university through the supervision of bachelor and master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.
You develop your teachings in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.
As academic staff of KU Leuven, you play an important role in society through your research and teaching, but also through your participation in the public debate, contributions to policy-supporting research projects for governments from the local to the European and international level. Participation in research-for-development projects (collaboration with developing countries) is encouraged.
You take up an active role in councils, educational committees, working groups of the university and in particular, of the division, department and faculty you will belong to.