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[Met-jobs] Vacancy Scientific Programmer, Utrecht University

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Date Tue, 8 Oct 2013 07:07:44 +0000

Scientific programmer Model Building (1.0 fte)

You will assist the scientific personnel in building, adapting and running scientific model code on high-performance parallel computing systems. In addition, you will be responsible for the development and maintenance of a website, a publicly available platform where internal and external clients can download model data and interact with the project leaders on their questions and results. Through this website, and by use of social media, you enhance visibility of this project to a broad range of stakeholders, including policy-makers and general public.

You have excellent knowledge of FORTRAN and C, MPI computing, Unix environments, and web design (HTML, Java, PHP, etc.). You have good communication and writing skills.

We offer a full-time position to a maximum of 2.5 years. Salary ranges between € 3.259,- and € 4.462,- gross per month on a fulltime basis depending on experience and qualifications (scale 11). You will be offered an initial contract for 1 year, which, upon positive evaluation, will be extended. 

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. More information: terms of employment.

About the university
Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles, which are centred around four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Youth & Identity, and Institutions. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.

Utrecht University holds 8 positions to investigate ‘The future global water cycle’. Within the research theme Sustainability and under the program on Water, Climate and Ecosystems Utrecht University initiated a program to answer the following key question: 

How will changes in the global water cycle govern future conditions on planet Earth? 

This question relates to understanding and projecting how human activities and climate change will influence water scarcity and abundance and indirectly impact food security, flood risk, human health, socio-economic development and biodiversity.

Utrecht University, through its conglomerate of leading groups on geophysical, biological and governance research, is in the unique position to address the full breadth of this research question and explore mechanisms of biological adaptation and to address governance-related issues. The program will mobilize and integrate Utrecht University’s collective expertise by developing a common model infrastructure to explicitly simulate past, present and future feedbacks in the water, carbon and nutrient cycles. This proposed model infrastructure will lead to intensification of interactions between scientists of Utrecht University and those of internationally renowned institutes, largely located in the Utrecht area: Deltares (water resources), TNO (air and water quality), KNMI (climate modelling), SRON (remote sensing), KWR (water quality and health) and PBL (integrated assessment and global change).

This highly ambitious but high-reward research program will be headed by accomplished scientists at Utrecht University associated with KNMI and PBL. Model building will supported by a scientific programmer and 7 postdocs covering a range of pressing issues involving the global water cycle and its interaction with the earth system.

Additional information
Additional information can be obtained from dr. Jan T. M. Lenaerts (; +31 30 2533271); Prof. Michiel R. van den Broeke (; +31 30 2533169) 

Applications in English, including a cover letter, a detailed Curriculum Vitae should be submitted via

Application deadline

Jan Lenaerts 
PostDoctoral Researcher
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (IMAU)
Adress: Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC Utrecht 
PO box 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht 
The Netherlands 
Phone: +31 30 2533271
Web: IMAU website 

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