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Postdoctoral Position in High Resolution Polar Climate Modelling – Utrecht University, Netherlands, Apr 2022

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Utrecht University invites applications for a Postdoctoral position within the EU-funded PolarRES project at the Department of Physics, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU), the Netherlands – April 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2.5 to 3 years
Salary: 2,846 to 4,490 EURO/Month

Department of Physics, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU)

Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a driven, positive and collaborative colleague who is able to work independently as well as within a wider research team. In addition we would like you to have:

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

The climate of the polar regions is changing and will continue to change in the future. These changes directly affect the local communities, but indirectly the rest of the world as well by changing weather patterns, enhancing global warming and/or rising sea levels. Within the EU-funded PolarRES project, we try to improve our understanding of the polar climate and to reduce the uncertainties in climate projections, both by using high-resolution models.

In this project you will study various aspects of the complex polar atmosphere-ocean-ice system from an atmospheric perspective and derive and analyse projections of the future climate of both polar regions. Two state-of-the-art regional climate models will be used, HCLIM and RACMO. HCLIM, run at 2 km resolution, will be used to study the impact of rough topography and sea ice on the climate of Antarctica. RACMO will be used for future climate projections of the Arctic and Antarctic, with a possible focus on the changing cloud climatology and the impact on the hydrological cycle in the Arctic and the surface mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. It is foreseen that the outcomes of these analyses can be used to publish several papers.

As this position is part of PolarRES, an EU funded H2020 project, international collaboration with the PolarRES partners for model support, model analysis and dissemination is an integral part of the job.

We aim to start the job as soon as mutually possible.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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 the 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 else who may be interested, please forward the link to them.

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About the Institute

The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU)  external linkoffers 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.

The Ice and Climate group at IMAU is an inspiring, high-quality and versatile research group focusing on ice sheets, sea level, and climate. The group is world-leading in modelling of the ice sheet surface including firn, and maintains a dedicated network of automatic weather stations. Currently, our research group has 6 staff members, 11 Postdocs and 8 PhD candidates. For this project, we encourage and provide financial support for visits to conferences, workshops and summer schools, and we promote national and international exchange visits.

At the Faculty of Science  external linkthere are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes which work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

About the Employer:


  • a full-time position for 2.5 to 3 years;
  • an inspiring, open-minded and open research group;
  • a job with national and international collaboration;
  • a full-time gross salary ranging from €2,846 to €4,490 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  external linkbased on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao).

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Contact details

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact:Willem Jan van de Berg ([email protected]  external link).Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to [email protected]  

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