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PhD position on COS isotope modelling at IMAU (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty Science is looking for a PhD position on COS isotope modelling at IMAU. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

bijna 4 jaar geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2266 - € 2897 per maand


COS-OCS is an ERC Advanced project that will integrate measurements and modeling of atmospheric Carbonyl Sulfide (COS). COS is the most abundant sulfur compound in our atmosphere. COS is produced in tropical oceans and taken up by vegetation, but large uncertainties remain. COS-OCS addresses these uncertainties. The project involves collaboration between several PhD students and scientists at three universities in the Netherlands.

Within COS-OCS, we are looking for an outstanding candidate for COS modelling. The work will start by adding known sources and sinks of COS to the existing TM5 model. For the first time, we will also model the COS isotopic composition. Model results will be compared to new measurements that will be performed within the COS-OCS project, and existing measurements, including satellite observations. Using mathematical techniques, modelling and measurements will be combined in a collaborative effort to better constrain the uncertain COS budget.


The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of numerical modelling, good mathematical and logical thinking and relevant knowledge about atmospheric physics and chemistry. Personal qualities like an open mind, curiosity, creative thinking, ability to cooperate and motivation are important for this position.

The position is meant for a PhD candidate, but exceptional candidates at Postdoc level are also considered.

Starting date

As soon as possible, latest on 9 August 2018.


The candidate is offered a full-time position for four years, with an evaluation after one year. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,266 and €2,897 (P-scale of 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. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Prof. dr. Maarten Krol (M.C.Krol@uu.nl). For more information about the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht, please visit the IMAU website.