IHE Delft Institute for Water Education offers graduate education in Delft, The Netherlands, and carries out research and capacity building projects all over the world. The mission of IHE Delft is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition. IHE Delft has a permanent staff of 180, of which 90 are scientific staff, while about 250 guest-lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programme. Each year 750 participants (incl. about 200 new MSc students per year) from all over the world attend the various regular and short courses at IHE Delft. The institute has an international staff & student community with English as working language. The Integrated Water Systems & Governance (IWSG) Department covers a broad range of disciplinary knowledge – sociology, law, economics, public administration, political science, information technology, mathematics, hydrological and hydraulic modelling sciences, engineering, knowledge management and innovation studies. With our research we seek to contribute to a better understanding of what makes such systems sustainable, resource efficient, resilient and how they contribute to social and environmental justice, in particular in, but not limited to, the Global South.
ResponsibilitiesThe candidate will work closely with Dr. Janez Sušnik (IHE Delft project leader) in developing system dynamics models for the 12 case studies involved in the SIM4NEXUS project. The case studies cover a range of scales from regional (e.g. south-west England) to national (e.g. The Netherlands), European and Global. This positions requires the candidate to engage in intense collaboration with the 12 project case study leaders, with project thematic model experts, and with Serious Game developers in order to:
- i) Initially qualitatively conceptualise case study systems according to local stakeholder requirements and interests using causal reasoning and causal diagrams;
- ii) Together with case study and thematic model leads, use the output from (i) to define the thematic model input data requirements and model structure, and;
- iii) Use (i) and (ii) to build quantitative system dynamics models for each of the 12 case studies for baseline conditions and for a suite of future scenarios based on the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), along with locally-specific requirements based on stakeholder interactions and policy analysis.
- IHE Delft is searching for an early- to mid-career academic researcher with a doctoral degree (PhD) in a water-related subject with a strong quantitative component in water/food/energy resources analysis and/or systems modelling in a related subject.
- He/she should have proven excellent analytical and communication skills with a solid track record commensurate with the career level being sought.
- The candidate must have an academic interest in global water, food and energy systems analysis.
- The candidate must have proven experience with System Dynamics Modelling, have familiarity with systems thinking concepts, and be competent with the R programming language.
- The candidate should be able to communicate and work with partners from a diverse range of European countries, from both academia and the private sector.