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[Met-jobs] PhD position available at Deltares!

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Date Tue, 3 Dec 2019 15:13:40 +0000


Early Stage Researcher (ESR)

Are you interested in projects concerning climate change and in the possible impacts for society? Do you have a natural curiosity to ask the right questions in order to achieve the best results for your customers through good cooperation with organizations and colleagues? Our Unit Inland Water Systems is looking for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a period of 4 years.

As an Early Stage Researcher you will coordinate and perform research tasks in a new European Horizon2020 research project RECEIPT. The project makes an inventory of the vulnerability of a range of European socio-economic sectors to climate change variability in areas outside Europe. In a globalized world, many physical and socio-economic events lead to interaction between the climate features worldwide and European wellbeing.

What can you expect as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a period of 4 years?

The project will develop a number of storylines connecting the European sectors to climatic hotspots elsewhere on the planet. It also performs simulations of the effects of climate-related shocks and trends via these storyline pathways, both for present-day and a range of future climate conditions.

As a Phd candidate, you will be engaged in Workpackage 2 of the project; creating the quantitative storylines and their climate variants. You will assist in the search for relevant hotspot areas where climate variability has a potential impact on European socio-economic activities. You will make analyses of present-day climate characteristics in these hotspot areas, with a focus on disruptive (extreme) events and/or strong trends. Subsequently you will develop methodologies to capture these characteristics in quantitative models, allowing a link with European impacts. In a final processing step, these characteristics will be perturbed in order to be representative for a number of future climate scenarios, according to a reproducible protocol. All analysis steps will be motivated and documented meeting scientific standards of reproducibility, scientific rigor and societal relevance.

What does Deltares expect from you as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a period of 4 years?

This expertise is relatively new within our organization. Therefore, it is important that you are capable of working as an independent professional within your field of expertise. You must have strong communication skills and stand your ground within multi-disciplinary meetings. To make your work a success, it is important that you take initiative and that you give substance to your duties by set up key performance indicators.

  • You have a master’s degree in climate, hydrology, meteorology or another environmental discipline, with interest in data processing and/or modelling techniques;
  • You have work experience or a targeted education in the field of climate information processing for stakeholder-oriented projects;
  • The work will be carried out in a multi-disciplinary team, both within the RECEIPT project and within Deltares, and you are expected to be service-oriented and open-minded to the adjacent fields of interest;
  • The ambition to obtain a scientific PhD degree, and commitment to fulfill the corresponding tasks is required;
  • You are fluent in English (reading, writing and speaking);
  • You are able and willing to travel to foreign countries and like to work occasionally at the KNMI office (NL)and Reading University (UK).

Working at Deltares

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Worldwide we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. To achieve our goals, we develop our own expertise, innovative software and services. We have special facilities on our campus in Delft, like the Delta Flume and our iD-lab (Interactive data research laboratory) and the Geochemical and Microbiological laboratory in Utrecht.

Deltares supports governments, industries, water boards, and municipalities in their ambitions to reduce water and energy consumption and to develop and implement sustainable energy technologies. Deltares places high demands on the quality of its knowledge and advice. Enabling Delta life is our core business.

We offer an informal, dynamic and challenging working environment. Your personal development and building on your resume is important to us. Therefore we offer excellent training opportunities and future perspective.


Are you interested in this position and do you fit the job qualifications? Apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter. Only applications via our website will be considered.

The PhD will be supervised by promoter Prof. B van den Hurk, and fellow project partners working at both Deltares and KNMI, and the task leader of workpackage 2 (University of Reading, UK). Active engagement in the project activities imply frequent international travel and development of an active researchers network.

For more information you may contact Dr. Bart van den Hurk ( or +31883357612) or Debbie Duimel ( or +31(0)88 335 8438.


Kind regards,




Debbie Duimel
HR Recruitment Officer


+31 (0)6 21705454


+31(0)88 335 8438



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