Postdoc on Abrupt Climate Change in the Mediterranean

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Are you interested in working on rapid climate transitions in the Mediterranean and the associated societal risks as part of a large European project? Then we would like to get to know you. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1.0

Job description

The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded H2020 project ‘Tipping Points of the Earth System’ (TiPES), and will focus on the drivers and impacts of abrupt climate transitions in the Mediterranean region.
The TiPES project: Several subsystems of the Earth may respond abruptly at critical future levels of anthropogenic forcing, which have been associated with tipping points (TPs). It is paramount to identify safe operating spaces in terms of these critical forcing levels, in order to prevent harmful transitions to alternative, undesirable states of the Earth and its subsystems. The mechanisms leading to abrupt climate transitions are only partly understood, and reliable warning signals for forthcoming transitions are urgently needed. TiPES addresses these questions in a joint effort of 18 European institutions, combining paleoclimatology, time series analysis, Earth system modelling of past and future climates, applied mathematics and dynamical system theory, as well as decision theory.

The successful candidate is expected to study the drivers and impacts of abrupt climate transitions of the highly vulnerable Mediterranean region. Together with a team of scientists, the candidate will work with both high-level data analyses tools (e.g. causal inference and machine learning) and the state-of-the-art climate model EC-Earth.

Your duties

  • analyse abrupt climate transitions in the latest set of climate models (CMIP6) aiming at understanding their drivers
  • targeted climate simulations using (high-resolution) EC-Earth
  • co-supervision of MSc and PhD students
  • authoring and co-authoring manuscripts submitted to high-quality journals
  • some limited support with teaching is expected 


  • PhD in physics, climate science, meteorology, geosciences, computational science or a related field
  • experience in Earth System modelling is expected, and experience with EC-Earth is of advantage
  • excellent skills in programming and data analyses of simulated and observed data
  • strong collaboration and communication skills to work in a larger team of researchers from other disciplines involved in international research projects

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. 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 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 3 years, with the possibility of extension.

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
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalised benefits package
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge