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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position at KNMI (The Netherlands)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:16:54 +0000

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POSTDOC vacancy (Temporary position)
Date 11 october 2013
Number KNMI 2013/10

At the Global Climate Division of the KNMI in De Bilt, the Netherlands,
there is a temporary position for:


General information
Climate research at KNMI is aimed at observing, understanding and
predicting changes in the climate system. Within the Global Climate
division, large-scale climate variability is studied, including the
effects of climate change. The research activities in the group focus on
quantifying decadal to centennial climate variability, studying
feedbacks in the earth system, development of global climate
scenarios and development of monthly, seasonal and decadal predictions.
The group is internationally recognized in the fields of climate
extremes, regional sea level changes, atmospheric dynamics and land

Job information
As part of the Netherlands Polar Programme, the Netherlands Organisation
for Scientific Research (NWO) finance the research project “Validating
recently- developed twenty-first century regional sea level projections
using satellite observations”. A recently developed unique series of
patterns for twenty-first century regional sea level change display
several characteristic common features. However, significant
uncertainties in the patterns’ amplitude remain, mainly due to
uncertainties in the ice sheet contributions. Here we aim to assess the
quality and merits of these regional projections by a detailed analysis
of satellite observations, arguing that that twenty-year record must
have captured ~10-30% of the projected twenty-first century rise.
Notably, the observed regional trends in sea level do not resemble the
projections, as trends induced by global warming are masked by natural
climate. Within this project, the long-term regional sea level change
will be extracted from the altimetry record by filtering out the
dominant modes of natural variability using observations and model
reanalyses. The resulting filtered signal, which expectedly contains the
sought-after forced regional trends, is then compared to the developed
sea level projections. Moreover, taking advantage of our detailed
knowledge of the sea level patterns associated with the individual
(ocean expansion, glacier melt, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet mass
losses, and groundwater extraction) we analyze which scenario is most
likely to be ongoing. The outcomes will benefit policy makers involved
in coastal management worldwide.

The postdoctoral researcher will work at the Global Climate Division,
under supervision of dr. C.A. Katsman.

For this position, a PhD degree in physical oceanography, remote sensing
or related subject is required. Experience with numerical modeling
and/or handling of large data sets is preferred. The candidate is fluent
in written and spoken English, and capable of presenting the results of
the project at international conferences and in peer-reviewed
international journals. Preferably, she/he already has published several
scientific papers.

Working place: De Bilt
Salary: Max € 4.380,72 gross per month (schaal 11)

The appointment is temporary for a period of three years. More
information can be obtained from Caroline Katsman, telephone number +31
30 2206715, e-mail: <>. Applications should be sent before
2 November 2013 by e-mail with reference to vacancy number KNMI 2013/10
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