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Postdoctoral researcher on high-impact climate extremes

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General information

KNMI is a research, monitoring and forecasting organization for meteorology and seismology. KNMI provides weather alerts, produces climate information, and gives advice and information on meteorology, climate and seismology to stakeholders and the general public.

The Department of Research & Development Weather and Climate Models is a recently formed research unit consisting of experts on weather, climate and atmospheric composition modelling. It supports the operational weather forecasting and alert function of KNMI, and contributes to the international network of scientific research in these areas. Expertise areas concentrate on modelling (extreme) meteorological events, physical, chemical and dynamical processes in the atmosphere, sea level rise, as well as global and regional climate changes. The research unit consists of approximately 50 staff members and is involved in many national and international research projects.

Job information

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to simulate and analyse high-impact climate extremes using the state-of-the-art global climate model EC-Earth. The candidate will interact with impact modellers and provide the post-processed meteorological input needed for crop yield calculations in China, India and Europe. Topics of research are the relations between extremes in crop yields and meteorological conditions, inter-regional linkages, the effects of climate change on the simulated extremes and the predictability of the most extreme cases. The candidate is expected to present his/her work at project meetings and at international conferences, and to publish the results in peer-reviewed journals.

The work will be carried out as part of the HIWAVES3 project. HIWAVES3 (High Impact WeAther eVents in Eurasia Selected, Simulated and Storified) is a three-year project funded under a joint JPI-Belmont call, starting September 1, 2016. HIWAVES3 involves partners from India, China, Norway, UK and the Netherlands.

Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in atmospheric science or a related field. Applicants should be knowledgeable in climate science and have adequate programming and analysis skills. Experience with coding in Fortran or a similar programming language, Unix/Linux environments, and analysis tools like cdo, Python, R, or similar software packages is required. The successful applicant should have good verbal and written communication skills.

Details

The position in De Bilt, Netherlands, is temporary for a period of three years, starting September 1, 2016.

Considering the current composition of the research unit, women are explicitly invited to apply for this position.

Salary

Between € 3.107,58 and € 4.415,77 gross per month

Interested applicants are kindly asked to send an application letter and a curriculum vitae, with reference to vacancy number KNMI 2016/18, by email to HRM@knmi.nl. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2016.