H2Doc - PhD in Environmental Hydraulics and Hydrology

General information

Programme H2Doc promotes research beyond the state-of-the-art in both fundamental and applied aspects of Hydraulics and Hydrology. It is a joint initiative of two higher education institutions, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and two Portuguese R&D institutions, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) and CEHIDRO, Centre for Hydro-Systems Studies of IST.

H2Doc is structured in two tracks: IST-EPFL and IST-LNEC. As promoting institutions, IST and CEHIDRO play a pivoting role: all students are supervised by one IST researcher and one researcher of EPFL or LNEC, depending on the chosen track. The workprogram of PhD dissertations in the IST-EPFL track comprehends work in Portugal and Switzerland. The total duration of the period outside Portugal cannot be longer than two (2) years while the workprogram in the IST-LNEC track does not important include work periods outside Portugal. Dual PhD degrees will be granted in the IST-EPFL track; IST diplomas will be granted in IST-LNEC track. The official language of the PhD programme is English due to its international character. The students of both tracks need to complete certain ECTS demands by following related courses at their respective institutes. More information about the two tracks  (curriculum, mobility, language) is available on the Programme Structure section of the prorgramme's website.

IST-LNEC track, 4th edition: call open from the 25th July to the 15th October 2016. Proposed themes:

  • Numerical and Physical Modelling of Wave Propagation over Vegetation.
  • Change in Hydrological Extremes.
  • Beach morphodynamics modelling for the improvement of coastal protection solutions.
  • Modelling a wastewater treatment plant into a water, energy and nutrients factory.
  • Sediment removal efficiency of settling basins.
  • Performance of shoreline evolution strategies.

Please download here the form with the list of themes, select one theme and submitt the form online.

Objective:

The main objective of this PhD programme addresses this responsibility: to promote research beyond the state-of-the-art in both fundamental and applied aspects of Hydraulics and Hydrology. In particular, the following key themes are envisaged:

  • surface hydrology,
  • pressure flows,
  • hydraulics structures and renewable energy,
  • river hydraulics and morphodynamics,
  • maritime/coastal hydraulics and morphodynamics and
  • ecohydraulics.

Goals

The fabric of present-day societies is interwoven with a complex system of water management: human communities rely on a fairly sophisticated use of water that includes food production, industrial manufacturing, transportation and energy production.
Human communities are also exposed to water-related hazards (river floods, landslides triggered by intense precipitation, sea storms) and, in the course of their industrial development, have created new hazards and increased their own exposure (dam safety issues, building in floodplains and seashores, pollution).
Hydraulics and Hydrology are the key disciplines that allow for tackling the technological issues associated to the need for efficient usage of water and protection against related hazards. They contextualize the fundamental sciences of fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics and atmospheric physics for the purpose of achieving water-related technological advancements with positive impacts on human communities.
Improving knowledge in Hydraulics and Hydrology is thus imperative in modern societies and a responsability of R&D institutions.
The present PhD programme is implemented by a highly connected international network of academics and practitioners benefiting from public funding. Such network is composed by a Portuguese higher education institution, IST/UTL, two Portuguese R&D units – the Portuguese state laboratory LNEC and CEHIDRO – and a non-Portuguese university, EPFL. It is a natural follow-up of decades of fruitful collaboration between CEHIDRO and LNEC and CEHIDRO and EPFL.
Those institutions have based their relation on a complex structure of complementarities and mutual enhancement, expressed in the type of laboratory facilities, instrumentation and research traditions. To maximize synergies and the benefits of complementarity, students of EPFL’s track will carry out research on all key themes, except on maritime/coastal hydraulics. Those of LNEC’s track will address maritime/coastal hydraulics and, in a smaller extent, pressure flows, hydraulics structures, renewable energy, river hydraulics and morphodynamics.
Dual PhD degrees will be granted in the IST-EPFL track; IST diplomas will be granted in IST-LNEC track.

Contact Person: António Heleno Cardoso (Programme Director-both tracks) (antonio.cardoso@ist.utl.pt)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0588 - Scientific modelling

Venue

Application

Open from
25 Jul 2016 to 15 Oct 2016

Prerequisites:

The call for both tracks is open to citizens of all countries. Eligible applicants should hold a MSc degree, or recognized equivalent. In exceptional cases, the Selection Committee may accept candidates holding a Bachelor degree or equivalent, provided their academic curriculum vitae are exceptional.Preference will be given to holders of a MSc degree, or recognized equivalent, in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Territorial Planning and Urbanism, Oceanography, or related areas, and have a special interest in Hydrology and Hydraulics.


Application Procedure:

Call IST-LNEC track

6 PhD scholarships are available in the fourth edition.
Each PhD scholarship is granted for periods of 1 year, renewable up to 4 years, and can not be granted for periods smaller than 6 consecutive months.
The workprogram of PhD dissertations in the IST-LNEC track does not include important work periods outside Portugal.
The call is open to citizens of all countries. Eligible applicants should hold a MSc degree, or recognized equivalent. In exceptional cases, the Selection Committee may accept candidates holding a Bachelor degree or equivalent, provided their academic curriculum vitae are exceptional.
Preference will be given to holders of a MSc degree, or recognized equivalent, in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Territorial Planning and Urbanism, Oceanography, or related areas, and have a special interest in Hydrology and Hydraulics.
Scholarships attributed through this call are funded by the Portuguese State Budget corresponding to the Ministry of Education and Science and, when applicable, by funds of the European Social Fund through operational Program Human Potential of QREN Portugal 2007-2013, in accordance with the Regulamento Específico da Tipologia de Intervenção 4.1. 
Applications open from the 25th of July 2016 to the 15th of October, 2016, 17:00 GMT. 

Download here the call notice in English and here in Portuguese.
Applications here 
The fourth edition will not start before January 2017. 


Grant Opportunities:

Call IST-EPFL track: 4 PhD scholarships available in the first edition. 

Call IST-LNEC track: 2 PhD scholarships available in the first edition. 

Each PhD scholarship is granted for periods of 1 year, renewable up to 4 years, and can not be granted for periods smaller than 6 consecutive months.

Qualification

Academic level: PhD
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