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Netherlands 2 PhD Vacancies – Atmospheric Science, Computational Science, Renewable Energy Forecasts

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

The Netherlands

TU Delft invites applications for 2 PhD positions to work in NWO-funded Renewable Energy Forecasts from Observations and high-Resolution Modeling (REFORM) project at Atmospheric Physics, Dept of Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Netherlands – Oct 2021  (2 PhD Vacancies – Opportunities for master degree holders in Physics, Atmospheric Science (Meteorology or Climate Physics), Computational Science and Applied Mathematics)

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General Info

Position: PhD Positions
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: , , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: € 2434/Month

Atmospheric Physics
Dept of Geosciences and Remote Sensing
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Qualification Details

We are looking for an enthusiastic, curiosity-driven candidate who enjoys modeling as well as data analysis of observations. You must hold a scientific degree (Master's or equivalent). As a suitable candidate, you may come from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, Physics, Atmospheric Science (Meteorology or Climate Physics), Computational Science and Applied Mathematics. You have prior knowledge (or experience) in modelling and programming, including data analysis and visualization (e.g. in Python), and proficiency in a Linux environment is an advantage. You should communicate fluently in English (oral and written).

As part of your duties you will actively participate in teaching activities. You will work at the university, but in close cooperation with staff members from the project partners Whiffle and Greenchoice.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Renewable energy from resources like the wind and sun comprise a gradually increasing share of the energy mix. Since these resources are fluctuating, forecasts for renewable energy sources are crucial.

Job description

The NWO-funded Renewable Energy Forecasts from Observations and high-Resolution Modeling (REFORM) project aims to improve weather forecasts of solar radiation and wind up to 6 hours ahead by introducing a novel, hybrid approach which makes use of the turbulence resolving GRASP model as well as observations to obtain the best possible estimate of the initial atmospheric state in terms of wind, temperature, humidity and clouds. GRASP is an ultrafast atmospheric large-eddy model that has been developed by the company Whiffle and runs on GPUs. The observations will in part be taken from the national measurement program 'Ruisdael' as well as from new experimental field campaigns in the vicinity of wind farms.

We are looking for 2 PhD students with a strong background in atmospheric physics and an interest in either wind or solar radiation. You will assess the current skill of the GRASP forecasts that use ECWMF weather forecast results as input for its initialization. You will participate and analyze the measurements from the field campaigns. You will use the observations to improve the assessment of the initial atmospheric state conditions and as a means to validate the forecasts as obtained with GRASP. The results will be presented at international conferences and published in outstanding scientific journals.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: TUD01505
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Documents Required

Your application should include

  • (a) your CV,
  • (b) your letter of motivation, including your possible start date and the names and contact information of at least two references (max. 2 pages),
  • (c) copies of your degree and your transcripts (courses and grades), and, if already available, a link to your MSc research thesis.

Applications will be reviewed in October 2021. The appointment will have a start date as soon as possible.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

About Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

About the Employer: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

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Contact details

For more questions about this position, please contact Dr. Stephan de Roode, Atmospheric Physics, Dept of Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft. phone: +31 (0)15-2784720, e-mail:

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