Two Postdoc Positions In High Resolution Polar Climate Modelling (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University


July 1, 2021


Two postdoc positions in high resolution polar climate modelling (1.0 FTE)

Job description

The climate of the polar regions is changing and will continue to change more in the future. These changes directly affect local communities, but indirectly also the rest of the world by changed weather patterns, enhanced global warming, and/or rising sea levels. Despite our growing understanding of the Earth's climate and increasing computer calculation power, projections are surrounded by uncertainties. We don't know how fast and to which extent humankind can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is also unknown, for example, if the general circulation patterns in the Northern Hemisphere will change in a warmer climate with reduced sea ice; or if the Antarctic sea ice will decline in the future as all GCMs predict virtually, unlike what we have witnessed in the past four decades in which the Antarctic sea ice underwent no structural change.


Our ideal candidate is driven, positive, and collaborative and has:

  • a PhD in regional climate modelling or earth-system modelling with a focus on polar atmospheric processes;
  • strong programming skills (Fortran, Python or similar);
  • thorough experience in running regional or global climate models;
  • affinity with numerical model development;
  • good reporting and presentation skills;
  • excellent level of written and spoken English;
  • the ability to work both independently and within a wider research team;
  • the ability to critically assess your own results.
  • Offer

  • a full-time position for 2.5 to 3 years;
  • an inspiring and open-minded research group;
  • a job with national and international collaboration;
  • a full-time gross salary ranging from €2,790 to €4,402 in scale 10;
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao).
  • In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

    About the organization

    The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) offers a unique research and teaching environment, in which the fundamentals of the climate system are studied. Research is organized in five themes: Atmospheric Dynamics, Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Coastal and Shelf Sea Dynamics, Ice and Climate, and Oceans and Climate. In 2017, IMAU research quality and impact were qualified as 'world leading' by an international visitation committee. Currently, IMAU employs 15 faculty members and 10 support staff, and about 20 Postdocs and 30 PhD candidates.

    Additional information

    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Willem Jan van de Berg (

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • a link to your PhD thesis if your publications do not sufficiently reflect your research work.
  • If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward the link to them. Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

    The application deadline is 01/07/2021

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