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[Met-jobs] 3 PhD positions in Atmospheric Science at TU Delft, the Netherlands

From Louise Nuijens <>
Date Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:16:42 +0100

3 PhD positions in Atmospheric Science at TU Delft, the Netherlands


Do even the smallest clouds simply drift with the wind? This question is at the heart of the recently funded ERC Starting Grant project CloudBrake, which strives to understand the impact of momentum transport by cumulus convection on large-scale patterns of winds. CloudBrake's goal is to expose relationships between clouds and winds to estimate the amount of cumulus friction in different boundary layer flows, which is important for numerical weather prediction, climate modeling, and wind energy design. The research carried out by the PhD team will combine high-resolution modeling with the analysis of existing and new measurements made from ground, aircraft and from space. The focus is on understanding small-scale processes, which are then used to conceptualize important mechanisms that matter for large-scale circulations, which will be tested in large-scale models.


The 3 PhD candidates that we seek will join the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing conducts a research programme in the disciplines of geodesy and remote sensing, natural geophysics, and climate and atmospheric sciences. It emphasises the interrelation between new observational techniques and applications in engineering and geosciences, including the development of ground-based, airborne, space-borne measurements, and models.


We offer each PhD candidate a four-year appointment, with a start date between Feb - June 2017 (or as soon as possible). During this appointment you will:

·       perform individual research as part of a team with a broader goal;

·       interact with researchers at climate modeling institutes, the weather service and wind energy companies;

·       give presentations at international conferences and write publications;

·       contribute to the planning and execution of a flight campaign;

·       and enroll in the faculty's Graduate School to develop your personal soft skills.


For more information on salary and the conditions of employment at TU Delft please visit the job listing at:


What we require from you:

·       a Master's degree in physics, mathematics, meteorology, Earth system science, or related fields.

·       excellent communicative skills demonstrated through a written article or thesis, a public presentation or personal blog

·       proficiency in written and spoken English

·       experience with data analysis, programming and/or numerical modeling.


Are you about to graduate or recently graduated, do you have a keen interest in understanding small-scale physical processes within the Earth system, and can you communicate your progress and collaborate within a young team?


Then please submit your application by January 31, 2017 to Please refer to vacancy number CITG16-46 in your application. Your application should include (a) your CV, (b) your letter of motivation, including your possible start date and the names and contact information of at least two referees (max. 2 pages) and (c) copies of your degrees and your transcripts (courses and grades). Applications will be reviewed throughout January and early February, and interviews will be held through Jan-Feb. For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Louise Nuijens, phone: +31 (0)15 2785956, email:


Louise Nuijens 
Department of Geosciences & Remote Sensing
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Room: 2.22  Phone: +31 15 27 85956

Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences 
(Bldg 23) Stevinweg 1 / PO-box 5048
2628 CN Delft / 2600 GA Delft

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