Postdoc position in Climate Dynamics and Earth System Modelling

The Department of Physics, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU), Utrecht University invites applications for the Postdoc position in climate dynamics and earth system modelling.

The aim of this project is to quantify the physical links between specific tipping elements and assess the likelihood of initiating tipping cascades within this century. Our team will identify positive feedbacks between tipping elements that could lower critical atmospheric CO2-levels, and quantify the expected climate response in the presence of cascading tipping behavior.


The tasks as project coordinator include:

  • For this Postdoc position candidate will work on quantifying physical links between different tipping elements.
  • They will make use of existing climate model simulations within CMIP5/6 and palaeo-climate simulations to investigate connections between e.g. the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, El Niño-Southern Oscillation, polar ice sheets, sea ice and tropical rainforests.
  • Moreover, they will set up dedicated simulations within the CESM climate model framework.
  • Within the team, they will work closely together with a PhD student to apply the physical links between tipping elements to more conceptual model studies of specific coupled tipping elements.

Start Date: February 1, 2022. 

Duration: A full-time employment for 3 years.


  • a full-time gross salary, depending on previous qualifications and work experience, that ranges between €2.846,- and €4.490,- per month;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions.

Job Requirements

The University is looking for a Postdoc in climate dynamics and earth system modelling is looking who is ambitious and driven candidate who has a strong eagerness to learn. Also, have the ability to work independently as well as as part of a team. The candidate must also  have:

  • a PhD in physics, applied mathematics, meteorology, geosciences or a related field;
  • experience in climate modeling (required), preferably with the CESM modeling framework;
  • excellent skills in scientific programming and numerical / statistical analysis of simulated and observed data;
  • basic knowledge of (geophysical) fluid dynamics (considered an advantage).

Application Process

Utrecht University welcomes employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Interested applicants are to enclose:

  • Letter of motivation;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • a copy of their PhD certificate, or a letter from their university stating when their defence will take place.
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Application Deadline: January 18, 2022.

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