Postdoc Position Dynamical Systems Perspective on Arctic Mixed-Phase Clouds

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 10 Jun 2021

We invite you to apply for a 1.5-year postdoctoral position in the field of atmospheric cloud research.

The winter-time Arctic boundary layer exhibits two distinct states. One of these states features mixed-phase clouds, the other is radiatively clear. Your goal will be to characterize this bistability from the perspective of dynamical systems theory. The anticipated approach involves emulator building from simulation and observational data. Within the broad scope of the project, you will be free to set your own scientific emphasis.

Your postdoctoral advisor will be Franziska Glassmeier. You will be part of the Atmospheric Science research team, which is headed by Pier Siebesma and has a strong focus on modeling and observing clouds. In addition to an exciting research project and a friendly and stimulating work environment, we can offer you generous funds for scientific travel.

We are looking for a strong, curiosity-driven, and conceptually-minded candidate who enjoys computational data analysis and scientific discussion.

To be considered for this position, you must have a PhD or comparable research experience. As a suitable candidate, you have a background in either modeling or observation of clouds, or in a relevant branch of physics or a similar field. You further have extended programming experience, especially for data analysis. We expect you to work independently as well as in small teams, to communicate fluently in English (oral and written) and to present your results to the scientific community in the form of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.     

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct ). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

The position is located within the department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS). We seek to advance the understanding of dynamic processes on—and human interaction with—Earth, with a focus on atmospheric sciences and geodesy. The approach is based on the development of observation technology as well as the modelling of processes. Our ambition is to create an interdisciplinary research environment in which scientific staff and students explore, learn, and teach. GRS (with about 110 staff members of which 25 faculty staff) conducts a research programme in the disciplines of geodesy, remote sensing, data science, earth-oriented space research, and climate and atmospheric sciences. It focuses on the interrelation between new observational techniques and applications in engineering and geosciences, including the development of space-borne, airborne, and ground-based methods and models. The department has an internationally leading role in research related to 2D and 3D surveying, geodesy, satellite remote sensing, natural hazards, geodynamics and climate studies. Please check www.tudelft.nl/ceg/grs . 

GRS is one of the 7 departments within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG). The Faculty is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology and delta technology. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. Please check www.tudelft.nl/ceg for more information.

For additional information on the position and the application process, please contact Franziska Glassmeier: f.glassmeier@tudelft.nl .

Are you interested in this vacancy? The position remains open until filled. Your application will be given full consideration if you apply before May 10, 2021 via the application button and upload:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a short research statement (~1 page)
  • a detailed CV, incl. list of publications
  • link to PhD thesis (if already available)
  • contact information of 2 references

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.


We invite you to apply for a 1.5-year postdoctoral position in the field of atmospheric cloud research.

The winter-time Arctic boundary layer exhibits two distinct states. One of these states features mixed-phase clouds, the other is radiatively clear. Your goal will be to characterize this bistability from the perspective of dynamical systems theory. The anticipated approach involves emulator building from simulation and observational data. Within the broad scope of the project, you will be free to set your own scientific emphasis.

Your postdoctoral advisor will be Franziska Glassmeier. You will be part of the Atmospheric Science research team, which is headed by Pier Siebesma and has a strong focus on modeling and observing clouds. In addition to an exciting research project and a friendly and stimulating work environment, we can offer you generous funds for scientific travel.

We are looking for a strong, curiosity-driven, and conceptually-minded candidate who enjoys computational data analysis and scientific discussion.

To be considered for this position, you must have a PhD or comparable research experience. As a suitable candidate, you have a background in either modeling or observation of clouds, or in a relevant branch of physics or a similar field. You further have extended programming experience, especially for data analysis. We expect you to work independently as well as in small teams, to communicate fluently in English (oral and written) and to present your results to the scientific community in the form of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.     

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct ). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

The position is located within the department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS). We seek to advance the understanding of dynamic processes on—and human interaction with—Earth, with a focus on atmospheric sciences and geodesy. The approach is based on the development of observation technology as well as the modelling of processes. Our ambition is to create an interdisciplinary research environment in which scientific staff and students explore, learn, and teach. GRS (with about 110 staff members of which 25 faculty staff) conducts a research programme in the disciplines of geodesy, remote sensing, data science, earth-oriented space research, and climate and atmospheric sciences. It focuses on the interrelation between new observational techniques and applications in engineering and geosciences, including the development of space-borne, airborne, and ground-based methods and models. The department has an internationally leading role in research related to 2D and 3D surveying, geodesy, satellite remote sensing, natural hazards, geodynamics and climate studies. Please check www.tudelft.nl/ceg/grs . 

GRS is one of the 7 departments within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG). The Faculty is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology and delta technology. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. Please check www.tudelft.nl/ceg for more information.

For additional information on the position and the application process, please contact Franziska Glassmeier: f.glassmeier@tudelft.nl .

Are you interested in this vacancy? The position remains open until filled. Your application will be given full consideration if you apply before May 10, 2021 via the application button and upload:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a short research statement (~1 page)
  • a detailed CV, incl. list of publications
  • link to PhD thesis (if already available)
  • contact information of 2 references

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.


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