Postdoc position "Integrated Assessment of climate change impacts in integrated assessment models" (1.0 FTE)

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Postdoc position "Integrated Assessment of climate change impacts in integrated assessment models" (1.0 FTE)


As part of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, the Environmental Science (ES) group aims to provide insight into environmental problems at different geographic scales. One of the research domains is the integrated assessment team, using modelling tools to explore impacts of global change and possible response strategies. In this frame, the ES group is involved in the international ISIpedia project . This work is done in close collaboration with the Water Systems and Global Change (WSG) group at Wageningen University. The ISIpedia project aims to explore the possible impacts of climate change and provides a hub for tailored information from multi-model, policy relevant climate-impact simulations and assessments conducted within the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP ). The ISIpedia is financed though the European Research Area for Climate Services, with NWO financing the Netherlands’ contribution.  

The contribution of Utrecht University and Wageningen University focuses on the integrated assessment of climate change, and more specifically impacts on the energy sector. For the latter, a so-called nexus approach will be used as impacts on the energy-water-land system are closely connected. For instance, changes in the hydrological cycle may influence the potential for hydropower and cooling water uses. Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) provide an useful tool to study the relationships between these systems. It is therefore important that the detailed outcomes from other studies in ISIpedia are integrated into IAM models to allow such a nexus approach and provide consistent integrated insights on possible climate impacts. The key assumption of the ISIpedia project is that model comparison and European collaboration can contribute towards implementation of this ambition. The Utrecht University and Wageningen University contribution will coordinate such activities for energy and integrated assessment and contribute to new research in this area. Both tasks will be in cooperation with the other ISIpedia partners.


We are looking for a postdoc researcher with a proven background in environmental modelling, specifically in the field of integrated assessment, energy modelling or the relationship between energy systems and hydrology. The candidate will work both at Utrecht University (in the Environmental Science team) and Wageningen University (in the Water Systems and Global Change group) and will collaborate with members of both project teams as well as with other researchers in the ISIpedia project. The main tasks will be to coordinate the multi-model comparison projects on climate impacts on 1) energy and 2) integrated assessment models, and to contribute to further progress in the field by conducting new research that allows better assessment of possible impacts. The candidate will also act as liaison person with other parts of the ISIpedia project (for which also post-docs will be hired at other European institutes). The following qualifications are expected:

  • the candidate holds a PhD degree in the areas of environmental sciences or more specifically integrated assessment modelling, energy modelling or assessment on the relationships between water and energy system;
  • excellent English skills (written and oral) are required; 
  • the candidate has proven experience with publishing scientific work in high-impact refereed international scientific journals;
  • preferably, the candidate should have a proven record that he/she can work both independently and as part of a team;
  • the candidate is willing to work both at Utrecht University and Wageningen University (half time).


The successful candidate will be offered a one-year 100% position with - at good performance - the prospect of an extension with a maximum of two years (in total 3 years at 100%) in the ES group within the Copernicus Institute. The candidate will spend about half the time at Wageningen University as part of the Water Systems and Global Change group.

The candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. Based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate, the gross monthly salary is between €2,552.- and €4,028.- (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross 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, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University .

Over de organisatie

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University , the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Utrecht University has been ranked first nationally in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 65th globally. The University is committed to a strategies orientation on four overarching themes, which include ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Institutions’.
The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.


Utrecht University’s Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a population of 2,500 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organization. The Faculty is organized in four Departments: Earth Sciences; Physical Geography; Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences (IIES) , and Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning. The research of the department IIES is organised in the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development .


The Energy and Resources group is part of the IEES Department and offers an enthusiastic, dynamic working environment and the research is of scientific high quality. The research is relevant for industrial stakeholders and governments in the national and international arena.

Aanvullende informatie More detailed information on this position can be obtained from Prof. Dr. D.P. van Vuuren ( ) and Dr. Michelle van Vliet ( ).

Applications should including a motivation for the application, a statement of your research interests and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least two referees (with e-mail contact addresses and phone numbers).

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