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[Met-jobs] Vacancy at IMAU, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

From "Berg, W.J. van de" <>
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Date Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:57:42 +0000

Dear all,

IMAU (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) is looking for a motivated and experienced Post Doctoral researcher or highly qualified PhD student (m/f).

Please read the description below or visit our institute website ( 

Willem Jan van de Berg and Michiel van den Broeke
IMAU, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Project description
The candidate will contribute to research leading to high-end future mass balance estimates of the Antarctic ice sheet (AIS). Potential AIS mass loss is due to enhanced ice discharge as the result of a complex interplay between the ice sheet, the ocean and the atmosphere. We aim to estimate the maximum enhanced discharge using existing state-of-the-art atmospheric, oceanographic and ice dynamical models. 

In this project, we will first estimate the future wind field and climate around Antarctica in high detail using the regional climate model RACMO2. Next, the finite element ocean-sea-ice model FESOM will be forced using mixed GCM and RACMO2 boundaries. Because FESOM is developed and maintained by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI, Bremerhaven, Germany), this part of the project will be carried out in close cooperation with Dr. R. Timmermann and Dr. H. Hellmer at AWI. FESOM quantifies the ocean currents around Antarctica and below the ice shelves, and the resulting basal melt fluxes of the larger ice shelves. These data will subsequently be fed into the adaptive mesh ice-sheet model BICICLES of our partner at University of Bristol (Prof. Tony Payne).

The successful candidate will run and evaluate RACMO2 and FESOM and will create the coupling between these two models. He also will be involved in organization and interpretation of the BICICLES simulations using FESOM data. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will work for a considerable part of the project at AWI in Bremerhaven, Germany. The partitioning of the time spent at UU/Utrecht and AWI/Bremerhaven is negotiable.
Applicants preferably have a strong background in meteorology, oceanography or geophysics at the PhD level (at the MSc level in case of  a PhD student), and have experience with numerical models, ideally FESOM or RACMO2, and FORTRAN90 programming on UNIX-based computer systems. Good English oral and writing skills are essential.

The candidate is offered a full-time position for 3 years (4 years in case of PhD student).
- PhD: The gross salary starts at € 2,062 and increases to € 2,638 per month in the fourth year of the appointment.
- Postdoc: The gross salary is in the range between € 2,403 and maximum € 4,418 per month.
The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. More information look at our terms of employment.

About the organisation
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.

The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) is an interfaculty research institute that focuses on the fundamental aspects of the climate system. Research is organized in five main themes: ice and climate, ocean circulation and climate, atmospheric physics and chemistry, atmospheric dynamics and boundary layer meteorology and Coastal and shelf sea dynamics. The IMAU includes some 15 faculty members, 15 postdocs and 30 PhD students. The graduate programme is organized in the Buys Ballot research school.

Additional information
Dr W.J.van de Berg (+31 30 2533273, email: or Prof. dr. M.R. van den Broeke (+31 30 2533169, email:

Application is online through:
or visit the IMAU website (
To apply, please attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and (email) addresses of two referees.
As part of the selection procedure, it is expected to give an outline of your PhD/master research in a written report and an oral presentation.

The application deadline is

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