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[Met-jobs] PhD position on modeling precipitation extremes in climatic context at KNMI

From "Lenderink, Geert (KNMI)" <geert.lenderink@knmi.nl>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:13:04 +0000

At the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute we have a new PhD position on 
the modeling of precipitation extremes in a climatic context.

Details are at:
https://www.werkenvoornederland.nl/vacatures/detail/phd-position-on-spatial-and-temporal-dependencies-of-precipitation-extremes

to apply: following link "Direct solliciteren" and then "Apply with English 
form" (in yellow bar on top).

Please note that this is a 4-year position, with an evaluation after 1 year.


The candidate will work on the analysis of temporal and spatial dependencies of 
daily and sub-daily precipitation extremes derived from observations and very 
high resolution atmospheric models in the context of a changing climate. These 
extremes are caused by intense thunderstorms in summer, which can only recently 
be represented by weather models. Model results and observations are used to 
understand and underpin past and future changes of these small-scale 
precipitation extremes. These extremes have increased up to now and are 
expected to increase substantially due to climate change, but the changes are 
also very uncertain due to limitations in present-day climate models. Therefore 
we apply in this project a new generation of atmospheric models, at scales 
below 2.5 km, that specifically resolve the shower dynamics that give rise to 
precipitation extremes.  The research will be done in collaboration with a 
number of users concerning urban flood management, road design and water 
management in Dutch waterboards.

We are looking for a candidate with a finished master degree in physics or 
applied mathematics, or equivalent study. The candidate should have experience 
with coding in Fortran, Pascal, C or an equivalent language. Experience with 
analysis tools like, R, IDL, ncl, Matlab, Python is required, and experience 
with Unix/Linux environment and analysis of large data sets is desirable. The 
candidate should have a good understanding of physical processes, preferably in 
a scientific area related to weather and/or climate.
This work will be done in the program “Space2rain”as part of the national 
science foundation NWO program “The new delta”. The candidate is expected to 
publish his/her results in peer reviewed journals, which form the basis of a 
Ph.D. thesis to be defended at the TUD in Delft  (promotor Prof. P. Siebesma, 
co promotor Dr. G. Lenderink).



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