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[Met-jobs] Fully funded 4 yr PhD (or 3 yr PostDoc) at IMAU, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

From Willem Jan van de Berg <>
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Date Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:43:46 +0200

Dear all,

I would like to put your attention on the following vacancy at IMAU, Utrecht University, The Netherlands:

PhD student / Post Doctoral researcher in Climate Physics (1.0 FTE)

Job description
The IMAU is looking for a motivated and qualified PhD student (m/f) or postdoctoral researcher to investigate the effect of cloud-albedo interactions on the fate of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS). Enhanced ablation of the GrIS is expected to be responsible for about eleven cm global sea level rise by 2100, however, the exact contribution depends, among other factors like future mitigation measures, on the response of the snow albedo to climate change. In this project, this cloud-albedo effect will be explicitly modeled, leading to improved GrIS mass estimate for given climate scenarios.

In this project the successful candidate will implement an interactive routine for narrowband snow and ice albedo and subsurface heating in the polar version of the regional atmospheric climate model RACMO2. This new routine is closely coupled with the atmospheric radiation routine, hence resolving explicitly all radiative feedbacks between atmosphere and the snow/ice surface. The updated model will be evaluated against dedicated in situ year-round spectral albedo observations on the GrIS and narrowband albedo images from the MODIS, Landsat and WorldView satellites. With the improved model, projections of future mass loss of the GrIS will be made.

The successful candidate will thus work on an interesting mix of numerical models and observations, both in situ and from satellites. All this will lead to improved deglacation estimates of the GrIS for the coming century.

Applicants have an MSc in meteorology, oceanography, geophysics or physics (or a PhD in case of a postdoctoral researcher) and a verifiable interest in climate science. Programming skills (in Fortran, C or similar) and experience with (complex) numerical models are required. Applicants must be able to work independently and reflect on their own activities. Finally, good English oral and writing skills are essential.

The candidate is offered a full-time position for four years (PhD, three years in case of a PostDoc). 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.
PhD: the gross salary starts at € 2,174 and increases to € 2,779 per month in the fourth year of the appointment.
Postdoc: the gross salary is in the range between € 3,044 and maximum € 3,997 per month.

More information and application 
More information and the online application form can be found at
The deadline for application is October 15th.

Best regards,

Willem Jan van de Berg
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht
Utrecht University

PO Box 80000, NL-3508 TA Utrecht, the Netherlands
Tel. +31 (0)30 2533273 Fax +31 (0)30 2543163

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