Post-doc position in paleoclimate modelling

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Closing date: 15 September 2018

The Department of Earth Sciences invites applications for a Postdoctoral researcher in Paleoclimate modelling for a joint project with the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VUA. This project is focused at understanding the impact of rapid warming on global ice sheet melt and the consequence for sea level rise. A coupled earth system model including a dynamic ice sheet module will be applied to quantify the effect of different deglaciation scenarios. We seek a candidate with a marked interest in past climates, in particular in understanding the mechanism behind deglaciations. The department is looking for candidates with a proven expertise in climate modelling ; Fortran coding skills will be strongly valued. The appointed researcher is expected to actively collaborate with a postdoctoral researcher at IVM and further imbed its activities into the breadth of topics already active in the model user’s community.

The candidate will be expected to

  • set up, run and analyze climate model simulations focusing on glacial terminations;
  • publish the results of these simulations in international leading journals and present them at international meetings;
  • interact with and complement existing research activities in- and outside the department;
  • contribute to the general educational programs of the department, at both the undergraduate and graduate level; this includes the supervision of bachelor and master theses, and internships;
  • show academic leadership nationally and internationally;
  • participate in everyday departmental activities and tasks, including writing grant proposals.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in paleoclimate modelling, or a PhD in a related area. The candidate should

  • have a proven track record of original research contributions in paleoclimate modelling;
  • have an international network of collaborators;
  • have good communication skills;
  • be fluent in English.

Further particulars
The appointment will be for a total of 3 years. The starting date is as soon as possible. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2018

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