Postdoc position in Paleoclimate Modelling

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Vacaturenummer 18250

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

Research at the Faculty of Science focuses on the areas of Life & Health, Networked World, Fundamentals of Science, and Energy & Sustainability. The faculty's teaching activities are directly linked to this excellent research. Cooperation with other faculties on the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam campus generates attractive, high-quality bachelor and master programs. At international level, the faculty cooperates closely with leading scientific institutes and other partners.

The Department of Earth Sciences strives after excellence in research. The department consists of two research clusters: "Earth and Climate" and "Geology and Geochemistry". The Department can thus study all aspects of System Earth with an integrated dynamical approach. Within the cluster "Earth and Climate", one of the main research themes is focused on the evolution and variability of the Earth's Climate in terms of forcing, processes, controlling factors and feedbacks in oceanic, terrestrial and atmospheric transport of heat, water and sediments. Different approaches are applied: proxies are used to understand past climates, field experiments to understand today's climate and advanced and intermediate complexity models to explore key sensitivities of the Earth's climate. Within the paleoclimate modelling group, there is a vacancy for a 3-years postdoc.

Job description

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.

Women are especially encouraged to apply. The diversity policy of the university can be found at


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 like:

  • remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • commuting allowance;
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum € 2,588.00 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 4,084.00 gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time employment.


For additional information please contact (preferably by email):

Dr. D.M. Roche, head of climate research group in the cluster Earth & Climate
phone: +31 20 598 3077


Applicants should send a cover letter with their motivation, CV and list of publications (preferably as one PDF file) before September 15th, 2018 to:

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header and at the top of your letter and on the envelope.

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posted: 05 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.