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Postdoc in Emission of greenhouse gases from Siberian inland waters

Are you interested in emissions of greenhouse gasses from permafrost and climate change? Would you like to solve one of the Earth system’s big unknown feedbacks? Do you like to do field work in high latitudes and perform novel advanced analysis on the data?  Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

3 maanden geleden


De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


The permafrost area of Siberia is one of world’s largest stores of soil carbon. Thermokarst processes which are sensitive to climate change provide a very dynamic landscape in which thaw lakes and connecting waters can have access to large amounts of carbon. The total emissions of greenhouse gasses from these inland waters and thaw lakes, primarily methane and carbon dioxide, can thus constitute and important positive feedback on climate change. Very few measurements exist for these waters and lakes, and the models used to predict future behaviour are generally poorly developed. You will join a team, partly funded by the Dutch excellence program Netherlands Earth System Science Center (NESSC) and other sources (EU, Dutch science funding) to investigate these processes in the Siberian Arctic.

Your duties

  • Prepare a series of field experiments aimed at obtaining novel data on the emissions of inland waters and thaw lakes in the far East Siberian Arctic
  • Take care of our long-term eddy-covariance setup at our field site
  • Develop and expand methods (models, machine learning) to scale up the measurements to the pan Arctic
  • Present results at conferences and in peer-reviewed publications


  • PhD in Earth sciences, physics, chemistry or biology
  • Experience with programming, preferably in Python
  • Preferably: experience with fieldwork, sampling and (geochemical/isotopic) analysis of organic matter


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,274 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.9 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the likelihood of extension with another two years (in total 3 years). The desired starting date is March 1st 2021 (depending on the Corona developments).

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until December 6, 2020.

The first interviews will be planned online (in the week of 7-11 December) and due to COVID-19 the second round might be online too (in the week of 14 - 18 December).

Don’t let COVID-19 get in the way of a great opportunity to work for the VU! We’re looking forward to receiving your application.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr. Han Dolman
Position: Hoogleraar
E-mail: han.dolman@vu.nl
Telephone: 020-5987358

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