2 PhD positions to do research on “Future Floodplains”

​​Dear colleagues,


We are pleased to invite applications for 2 fully funded PhD scholarship in the Division of Geography and Tourism, Department Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven, Belgium. Both PhD scholarships fit within a
larger national funded FWO-SBO research project “Future Floodplains, ecosystem services of floodplains under socio-ecological change” carried out by scientific partners of KU Leuven, the Institute for Research on Nature and Forest (INBO), the study center
for Nuclear Energy (SCK-CEN) and Natuurpunt. The purpose of SBO (Strategic basic research) projects is to carry out fundamental research with societal applications in the medium term. Here, we intend to gain fundamental insights into the dynamics of rivers
and river floodplains in Flanders, Belgium and to develop model approaches that will allow local stakeholders to simulate/anticipate how floodplains of the future will look like.


For PhD position 1, we are looking for a highly qualified and motivated candidate with interest in and knowledge of the functioning of river systems and with experience with numerical modelling techniques to work on the
reconstruction and numerical modelling of river channel and floodplain dynamics under socio-ecological change.


For PhD position 2, we are looking for a highly qualified and motivated candidate with interest in and knowledge of the functioning of floodplain systems and/or in the ecology of wetland environments, and if possible
with experience with palaeoecological techniques to work on the reconstruction of the geoecohydrology of floodplains in various environments that have witnessed  different socio-ecological trajectories over the past few centuries to millennia.


More information on both PhD positions and how to apply can be found in the attached documents and through the following links:

PhD 1:

PhD 2:


Note that the application deadline is 26 June 2017.


Please feel free to distribute this announcement to your students, graduates, colleagues, etc.


Kind regards


Gert Verstraeten

Project coordinator “Future Floodplains” project



Professor Gert Verstraeten

Division of Geography

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven

Celestijnenlaan 200 E, box 2409

Phone: + 32 16 326411 or + 32 16 327800 

Fax: +3216322980




Editor of Catena, an interdisciplinary journal of soil science – hydrology – geomorphology focusing on geoecology and landscape evolution:


President of BELQUA, the Belgian National Scientific Committee for Quaternary Research


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