Postdoc, climate dynamics/modeling - Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of climate dynamics and earth system modelling.


This position is for 36-40 hours per week. It is a full-time position for two years, with an evaluation after one year. The research group will provide the candidate with the necessary support on all aspects of the project.

The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,709 and €4,978 (scale 10/11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).

The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded H2020 project 'Tipping Points of the Earth System' (TiPES), funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820970, and will work on Earth System Modelling of the palaeoclimate.


Several subsystems of the earth may respond abruptly at critical future levels of anthropogenic forcing, which have been associated with tipping points (TPs). It is paramount to identify safe operating spaces in terms of these critical forcing levels, in order to prevent harmful transitions to alternative, undesirable states of the earth and its subsystems.

The mechanisms leading to abrupt climate transitions are only partly understood, and reliable warning signals for forthcoming transitions are urgently needed. TiPES addresses these questions in a joint effort of 18 European institutions, combining paleoclimatology, time series analysis, earth system modelling of past and future climates, applied mathematics and dynamical systems theory, as well as decision theory.

The successful candidate will be part of work package WP2 of the TiPES project, which focuses on stability in past warm climates. Specifically, the candidate will be expected to study the interaction of changes in forcing conditions (e.g. CO2, continental geometry) and feedbacks in the climate system responsible for climate conditions and transitions during the Cenozoic period using time-slice modelling with an earth system model (CESM). The candidate is expected to participate in coordinated model intercomparison projects such as DeepMIP. The aim is to characterise the ability of several IPCC type models to simulate the background climate and the variability and stability of these past warm climates. Profiel


- A PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Meteorology, Geosciences or a related field;
- Experience in climate modeling (required);
- A basic knowledge of (geophysical) fluid dynamics (advantage);
- Excellent skills in programming and numerical/statistical analysis of simulated and observed data.


Apply by 28 February 2020 here:

Further information

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Anna von der Heydt (Assistant Professor): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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