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[Met-jobs] PhD position KNMI

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Date Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:34:57 +0000

Dear Madam/Sir,

Could you please advertise the following vacancy announcement on the Met-jobs site?

Best Regards,

Rein Haarsma

PhD position on atmospheric modeling of hydrological extremes


The candidate will analyze the simulations of a new generation high-resolution (~25 km) global climate models that will produce more robust and trustworthy projections for the next decades. The analysis will concentrate on atmospheric dynamics and ocean-atmosphere interactions in current and future climate. The focus will be on the North Atlantic and Europe. It will include the analysis of ocean mixing, air-sea interaction, mid-latitude jets, blocking and their combined effect on the moisture and heat transport towards Europe, including the occurrence of extreme events such as droughts, heat waves and flooding. In the final phase of the PhD the candidate will translate these results to risk assessments for end-users of climate information. This will contain a physical description of the hazards and their drivers, the potential future changes of the events and statistics of the events.

Required qualifications and skills

We are looking for a candidate with a finished master degree in meteorology, physics or applied mathematics, or equivalent study. The candidate should have experience with coding in Fortran, C or an equivalent language. Experience with analysis tools like, R, IDL, ncl, Matlab, Python is required, and experience with Unix/Linux environment is desirable. The candidate should have a good understanding of physical processes, preferably in a scientific area related to weather and/or climate. In addition good communication skills are required and an open attitude to translate scientific results to end-users.

This work will be done as part of the European project PRIMAVERA (PRocess-based climate sIMulation: AdVances in high-resolution modeling and European climate Risk Assessment). The candidate is expected to publish his/her results in peer reviewed journals, which will form the basis of a PhD thesis to be defended at Wageningen University (promotor Prof. W. Hazeleger, co promotor Dr. R. Haarsma).


The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is a research, monitoring and forecasting organization on meteorological and seismic events. It provides weather alerts, produces climate information, and gives advice and information to stakeholders and the general public.

Other conditions of employement

In addition to the salary and holiday pay an end-of-year payment can be expected, the so-called 13th month. The national government strongly adheres to personal growth and carreer development and offers several possibilities to facilitate this. The terms of employment include amongst others a maximum 55% paid parental leave (conditions apply), facilities to study, additional arrangements for leave for elderly and a refund for commuter traffic. The national government offers possibilities for a number of individual choices in shaping the total package of terms of employement.

Considering the current team composition, female applicants are explicitly invited to apply for this position.

The position is temporary for a period of four years. Starting date is November 1, 2015.

For further information and the application form: and go to “Direct solliciteren”

For more information about the postion you can also phone R. Haarsma: +31 30 2206768

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