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[Met-jobs] PhD position at University Twente, Netherlands

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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.



Meteo-hydrological hazards could change in probability and intensity due to global climate change, but also due to local land use changes. The mutual feedback mechanisms between land use changes and atmospheric changes are of major interest for flood hazard assessment as they enhance or decrease the hazard risk. Of particular interest is how changes in land surface processes, e.g. due to urbanization, impacts the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events triggering flooding. The candidate will contribute to research leading to impact assessment of spatial planning and global climate change on the local climatology, and its impact on flood hazard risk of cities. The focus will be mainly on cities located in lesser developed countries.

You will work on the complex relationship between changes in spatial planning and the local climatology, focusing on the impact on flood hazard risk. State-of-the-art atmospheric and hydrological models will be utilized to assess the contribution of land use and land cover changes on the local atmospheric conditions and related water balance. To analyze the impact of changes, historical meteorological and hydrological data information will be evaluated where such data is well available, complemented with satellite image datasets.



We are searching for an enthusiastic, creative and perseverant candidate that has/is:

An MSc in Meteorology, Hydrology, Physical Geography or related subject

Prior exposure to or knowledge in atmospheric and/or hydrological modelling. Hydro-meteorological remote sensing would be beneficial as well

Familiar with computer programming

Excellent written and spoken English language skills

Good communication skills

Information and application

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

For general information about the department you can contact the Chairman (Prof. Victor Jetten, e-mail:

Please submit your application through the webform before 1 January 2016 (!/vacature/563593)


We offer you an inspiring and challenging international and academic environment. 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.



The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.


The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.

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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