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PhD position in Polar Climate Variability and Sea Ice Changes

Polar climate is changing faster than other parts of the world owing to local feedbacks and remote influences (poleward moisture transport). This will affect polar climate variability, the Greenland Ice Sheet, and Arctic sea ice melt. As a result, local surface evaporation will i

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3061 - € 3061 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Polar climate is changing faster than other parts of the world owing to local feedbacks and remote influences (poleward moisture transport). This will affect polar climate variability, the Greenland Ice Sheet, and Arctic sea ice melt. As a result, local surface evaporation will increase, providing moisture that may lead to enhanced ice sheet accumulation. Hence, poleward moisture transport processes and variability will not only affect warming rates leading to surface melt, but also to enhanced precipitation, partly through sea ice changes. Within this project we aim to address these complex interactions by combining state-of-the-art climate models simulations of present-day and future climates with dedicated in-house sensitivity simulations with the Earth System Model EC-Earth. In this way we will examine the impacts of changes in both the mean climate and climate variability, and also consider extreme events (and trends therein) that may disproportionally affect ice sheet mass balance, both in the Arctic and in the Antarctic, with the focus on the potentially modulating role of sea ice. For example, strong (future) warming events over West-Antarctica caused by poleward moisture advection and sea ice retreat may trigger ice shelf instability and sea level rise.

This multidisciplinary project is part of a larger National Polar Programme project called "Dutch Polar Climate and Cryosphere Change Consortium" and will as such bring together specialists in climate change, ice sheet mass balance and sea level changes from various Dutch institutes and universities (RUG/ESRIG/OE, KNMI, IMAU/UU, Deltares, TUD, NIOZ). The PhD-candidate will be stationed at the Royal Netherland Meteorological Institute, KNMI (De Bilt), but is expected to work on average 1-2 days per week at RUG/ESRIG (Groningen).

At RUG/ESRIG you will further receive excellent training through innovative research projects, advanced courses and training opportunities, complemented by workshops on generic research, transferable skills and teaching. As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conduct independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the results of the research in a PhD dissertation, to be completed within 4 years. You are expected to contribute 10% of the overall workload to teaching.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for:

- a motivated, practically skillful candidate,
- a candidate with a MSc degree in climate, physics or a related subject and a strong interest in meteorology and climatology,
- a candidate with a background climate modelling and/or analyses,
- a candidate with experience in processing/analyzing large datasets (this will be considered an asset),
- a candidate with strong verbal and written communication skills (in English), as well as the ability to work independently and in a (diverse) team.

Conditions

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,395 in the first year to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the final year (PhD salary scale), based on a full-time position,
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income,
• an 8.3% year-end bonus.

The position is for four years. First you will be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate whether a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School Science and Engineering of the Faculty. The starting date is in Autumn 2020. The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/.

Additional information

Prof. R. (Richard) Bintanja
r.bintanja@rug.nl