Jobs - Researcher CFD Hydraulic Structures, Flanders Hydraulics Research, België
 Division:  Flanders Hydraulics Research   Department:   Mobility and Public Works Rank:   A121 Degree:  Engineer   Location:  Antwerp  
CONTEXT The Department of Mobility and Public Works makes Flanders move: along the road, over the water and through the air.
The Department of Mobility and Public Works (DMOW) embodies a sustainable development of mobility in Flanders. A lot of projects are realized and policy support is provided in mobility, traffic safety, investments, management and operation of transport and port infrastructure.
The function of Researcher CFD hydraulic structures is situated within Flanders Hydraulics Research. This division is a research laboratory specialized in both numerical and experimental studies in hydrology,  hydraulics and ship manoeuvering.  The research is conducted to support the design of ports, shipping lanes, coastal infrastructure, hydraulic engineering works, water management, etc.
Our major client is the government, but we also assist third parties, both private and governmental, in Belgium and abroad. The laboratory has specific research infrastructure such as physical models, wave tanks, a towing tank, ship manoeuvering simulators and numerical models.
You will join the team that studies the hydraulic behavior of hydraulic structures and their interaction with the environment. Within this team the hydraulic design is carried out of filling and emptying systems of locks and the influence of flow, ship waves, wind waves or water pressure on structures is investigated. In addition, the team conducts the hydraulic design of fish passages and for water-carrying structures, e.g. weirs and inlet and outlet structures, the movement of the water to, through or out of the structure is investigated and optimized. For water-retaining structures such as sea and river dykes, the influence of hydraulic loads on the stability of the dike is examined and the consequences of possible dike failure is determined.
These studies are carried out using literature research, physical model tests, numerical modeling and field measurements. In recent years CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) modelling has been used in a number of projects, mainly using outsourcing. Within these projects, both 2D and 3D simulations have been performed with OpenFOAM using rigid lid and free surface assumptions. The nautical research group of Flanders Hydraulics Research conducts for several years studies using CFD (FINETM/Marine and OpenFOAM) and provides also support for CFD-related research questions on hydraulic structures.
By means of this vacancy, Flanders Hyrdaulics Research wants to improve the sustainability of CFD as a research tool within the design of all kinds of hydraulic structures. Besides executing CFD simulations, you are also closely involved in the deployment and use of other research tools within the team.

Here is room for talent, quality and variety. If you are interested in fascinating work and variation, the Mobility and Public Works Department offers you unique projects,  allowing you to leave your mark on the policy.
Additional information about the tasks of the Department of Mobility and Public Works and the department where the position is vacant can be found on
TASKS • Execution of CFD simulations of flow in and around hydraulic structures such as filling and emptying systems of locks, culverts, inlet and outlet structures, weirs and fish passes. •  Interpretation of results of physical model tests and numerical model simulations and reporting of executed simulations. •  Performing validation of CFD models  using physical model test results. •  Disseminate the activities of Flanders Hydraulics Research, by publishing articles and attending conferences related to the work discipline.
DESIRED PROFILE At the deadline you meet the following conditions:
Degrees Diploma1
Master of science in (bio-)engineering.2
Work experience:
A minimum of 3 years relevant work experience regarding to the use of CFD. Experience with CFD modeling of flow around hydraulic structures and/or experience with the use of OpenFOAM is a benefit.

Skills and additional expectations Technical skills •  Knowledge of fluid dynamics. •  Knowledge of physical model research and hydraulic design of hydraulic structures is a benefit. •  A strong affinity with programming, scripting is a benefit •  Ability to propose technically and financially acceptable solutions. •  Knowledge of English is necessary. A working knowledge of Dutch and/or French is a benefit.
Personal skills • Taking responsibility Act in accordance with the interests, values and norms of the organization. Takes responsibility for his work (level 1). • Convincing Get approval for an opinion, vision or approach. Convinced by content and approach (level 2) • Networking Develop and consolidate professional relationships and networks and use them to obtain information, support and cooperation. Makes active use of existing contacts for his tasks (level 1) • Analysing Identifying a problem in his relationships and looking for additional relevant information in an efficient manner. Explains links and identifies causes (level 2) •  Innovation Innovates to create products, services, processes and structures that meet future challenges. Actively contributes to the renewal of the operation of the entity (level 2) •  Progress report Monitors the progress in time and the quality of your own processes or those of colleagues. Monitors the progress of his work (level 1) •  Customer orientation To explain in a substantiated manner timely and unequivocal about the chosen action or position. Takes decisions in situations where the risk can be clearly estimated (level 2). •  Collaboration Contributing to a joint result in a team or project, even if that is not immediately of personal interest. Stimulates collaboration within its entity, working groups or project groups. (level 2)
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How to apply
Applying is possible until 2 December 2018 by sending your CV and motivational letter to ikwilwerkenbijhetwl@mow.
Selection procedure 3 •  Screening based on formal selection criteria •  Phase 1: Screening based on CV  and motivational letter (relevancy of work experience, motivation, technical skills) – eliminating (timing: 7 December 2018 – subject to change). •  Phase 2 : A selection interview, consisting of a job-oriented, substantive and competence based part, with representative(s) of the recruiting entity and a selection expert and a technical case - eliminating (timing 14 December 2018 - subject to change).
The Flemish government wants to reflect the society for which it is committed as well as possible. Candidates are therefore selected on the basis of their qualities and skills, regardless of gender, age, origin or disability.
We provide reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities during the selection procedure. Do you need certain adjustments to be able to participate in the selection? Please contact the contact person at the bottom of the vacancy as soon as possible in the procedure. We ensure that you can participate in the selection in the best possible circumstances.

Our offer
• A dynamic organization with an eye for innovation and permanent improvement of the service. •  Ample opportunities for training and support. Your first 3 months are a training period with an indivual training program. •  The workload can be high, but care is taken to provide an ideal work-life balance: *  We offer 35 days off per year (freely to be taken in consultation with the team) *  You are off between Christmas and New Year (to compensate for official holidays during weekends) • You will be recruited to degree of engineer (rank A1) with the corresponding salary scale A121. The minimum starting salary is 3738.11 Euro (Gross monthly salary, adjusted to the current  index), excluding allowances. • Relevant professional experience in the private sector or as self-employed person can be honoured under certain conditions. • You receive: * Holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus. *  Luncheon vouchers of 7 euro per day worked (The employer pays 5.91 Euro, 1.09 Euro is contributed by yourself via a monthly deduction on the net salary). • The website let you calculate your salary, vacation allowance and end-of-year bonus according to your individual situation. •  Commuting by public transport and hospitalization insurance are reimbursed by the employer. • You can register for a free flu vaccination every year. •  You can claim a number of additional benefits via the Social Services, such as a discount for amusement parks, cultural events, … • There are restaurants in the main offices of the Flemish Government, where staff members can eat at a democratic price. • During the school holidays there is a professional day-care for children between 3 and 14 years in the main offices (Brussels, Antwerp, Hasselt, Ghent and Bruges). • One year contract with possibility of prolongation.
More information about these financial and social benefits can be found on the website .

7. More information
More information about the content of the vacancy can be received from:
Kristof Verelst Researcher Tel: 0032 3 224 63 70 E-mail:
For more information about the participation conditions and the selection procedure you can contact:
Lieve Van de Water Coordinator internal operation and coordination FHR Tel. : 0032 3 224 61 66 E-mail: