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[Met-jobs] PhD position KNMI and University of Twente, Netherlands

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The department Earth System Analysis of the University Twente and KNMI have a vacancy for a joint PhD position. The department of Earth Systems Analysis (ESA) combines earth science knowledge with spatial modelling and advanced remote sensing to understand earth processes in space and time. Our education and research contribute to a sustainable use of energy and earth resources, and help reduce disaster risk and the impact of natural hazards on society. We have a strong track record in research and capacity development projects all over the world, with emphasis on East Africa, South East Asia and the Central America/Caribbean.

The research group Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk management is part of the department ESA. Our research focuses primarily on natural and man-made hazards and on disaster risk management, using relevant geo-information.

KNMI is the national institute for weather, climate, and seismology in the Netherlands.



Climatic extremes are a major trigger for many natural hazards and disasters, such as flooding, drought, and land slides that cause loss of life or property damage. Understanding of climate change is crucial for proper future hazard risk assessment. It is a challenge to incorporate non-stationary behavior of climate change in disaster risk assessment, where other actors, such as change in population growth, land-use, spatial planning, play an important role too. Exploring new ways to translate climate data into information for disaster risk reduction is a creative challenge where multiple fields meet.

The research will focus on optimizing use of climate data for hydro-meteorological hazard assessment. You will work on the development of a statistical toolbox, where non-stationary relationships between climatic extremes, climate change, and hydro-meteorological hazards will be combined. Advancing knowledge on the atmospheric conditions linking to hazardous conditions is a primarily goal of this research, using multiple data sources: e.g. in situ meteorological observations, atmospheric remote sensing data, local and regional hazard inventories and climate model data. One example is establishing the link between dominant atmospheric circulation patterns and reoccurrence of floods or landslides. The methods developed will be tested for data rich areas (such as the Netherlands) and applied to data sparse regions (typically countries in transition). The research will be highly multi-disciplinary. You will work on a 50/50 basis at both institutes, to optimize utilization of available data and knowledge at University of Twente and KNMI.



We are searching for an enthusiastic, creative and perseverant candidate with the following qualifications:

An MSc in physics, mathematics, atmospheric sciences, physical geography or a related discipline

Experience with statistical analyses techniques is desirable

Familiar with big data analysis and computer programming

Excellent written and spoken English language

Good communication skills

Knowledge on atmospheric processes, statistical analysis of extreme values and/or hazard processes is highly preferable.

Information and application

For more information you can contact dr. ir. J. Ettema (e-mail: or dr. ir. P. Siegmund (e-mail:

Please submit your application through the webform before 1 January 2016 (!/vacature/563675)



We offer you 2 inspiring, multidisciplinary and challenging international environments. You will employed for a period of 4 years. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities. Gross monthly salary ranges from € 2,125.- in the first year to € 2,717.- in the last year, exclusive of allowances, in accordance with the job profile Promovendus, under the University System for Job Classification (UJC). Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.

Dr. Ir. Janneke Ettema
Department of Earth System Analysis
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente
PO Box 6
7500 AA Enschede
Phone: +31 (0)53-4874318
Out of office on Mondays

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