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Postdoc position in high-performance software development for numerical simulations of plastic litter in the ocean (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Science is looking for a Postdoc  in high-performance software development for numerical simulations of plastic litter in the ocean. Interested? Read more and apply here.

7 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2552 - € 4691 per maand


Plastic in the ocean is a major problem, but our understanding of the distribution, pathways and fate of the plastic litter is very limited. The project ‘Tracking Of Plastics In Our Seas’ (topios.org), funded by the European Research Council, will create a novel comprehensive modelling framework that simulates plastic movement through the ocean, and uses that framework to significantly improve the understanding of the plastic pollution in our oceans.

We are seeking a postdoc to join the TOPIOS team as a software developer. The postdoc will accelerate development of a novel, highly efficient open-source code to track billions of individual virtual pieces of plastic through high-resolution ocean data. Building on the OceanParcels framework, the postdoc will develop, code, test and analyse what is aimed to become the world’s most sophisticated Lagrangian ocean modelling code. Development will focus on parallelization of the code and further improvements to the efficiency and scalability of the code.

Working within a team, the postdoc will use this code on High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities to investigate how ocean currents move plastic around the ocean, by tracking billions of individual particles in high-resolution numerical models. The postdoc will support PhD, MSc and BSc students with the running of the OceanParcels code.



  • PhD (desirable) or MSc in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or similar field;
  • Very strong programming skills (preferably python and C);
  • Proven experience with the development of complex scientific models;
  • Proven experience with software development practices such as version control and unit-testing;
  • Ability to work as an independent researcher within a wider research team;
  • Ability to perform and publish high quality research, demonstrated for instance by a strong publication record in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English.

  • Proven affinity with physical oceanography.
  • Proven experience with High Performance Computing techniques and facilities


The candidate is offered a full-time position for 1 year with a possibility for a 1.5 years extension. The gross salary, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and work experience, is in the range between €2,552 and maximum €4,691 (scale 10/11 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full time employment.

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. For further information: working at Utrecht University.

Additional information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr Erik van Sebille.