Scientist Climate Variability (post-doc)

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Contractduur 2 jaar
  • Uren per week 36
  • Maand­salaris €3.279 - €5.039
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 11
  • Niveau Gepromoveerd
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap, Natuur / milieu
  • Reageren voor 17 mei Nog 10 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer KNMI 2021-24
  • Plaatsingsdatum 23 april 2021
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd


The project
Understanding climate variability, and the relative size of forced changes in the mean to this variability, is necessary for quantifying climate extremes and hence for designing adequate local adaptation strategies. Recent studies have shown that long-term trends in climate variability can differ substantially from trends in mean climate, due to different physical processes governing the respective changes. In the VAREX project we aim to assess future trends in climate variability/extremes over Europe, and elucidate the governing climate feedbacks and processes behind these changes. The new information will be used to explain and constrain process-based uncertainty in future climate projections.

This project is part of the multi-year strategic research programme at KNMI. We aim to publish the results in scientific peer-reviewed journals and contribute knowledge to KNMI’s climate services, including the construction of national climate scenario’s and the development of an Early Warning Centre. For both, understanding changes in climate variability and extremes are highly relevant, including understanding of the (sources of) uncertainties.

Job description
You will use large ensemble climate model simulations (‘SMILEs’) to investigate sources of intermodel and intramodel differences in projections of circulation changes over Europe (e.g. uncertainty due to natural variability, structural model/parameter uncertainty). Similarly, you will investigate changes in temperature and precipitation variability over the European region. There are already various SMILEs available, within KNMI and within the international research community. In addition, you will create a new set of simulations, dedicated to the questions described above, using the state-of-the-art global climate model EC-Earth.

You will join the enthusiastic research team working on this project, contribute to supervising research interns from universities, and will be part of the ‘global climate’ cluster of the RDWK department.


We are looking for a candidate who has completed a PhD in climate science (or similar) with substantial experience in running and analysing data from state-of-the-art global climate models. The candidate should have experience in research topics related to large-scale climate variability, physical processes and climate change.

Experience with Linux and Phyton is an advantage

You have a result-oriented attitude and the skills to timely manage your work and make progress in the project. You display a pro-active attitude within the research team.

You are fluent in English (spoken and written) and preferably have a basic understanding of the Dutch language.


  • Salaris­niveau schaal 11
  • Maand­salaris Min €3.279 Max. €5.039 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur 2 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

In addition to the salary and holiday pay an end-of-year payment can be expected, the so-called 13th month. The national government strongly adheres to personal growth and carreer development and offers several possibilities to facilitate this. The terms of employment include amongst others a maximum 55% paid parental leave  (conditions apply), facilities to study, additional arrangements for leave for elderly and a refund for commuter traffic. The national government offers possibilities for a number of individual choices in shaping the total package of terms of employement.


The contract will start in September 2021.
For more information about the project, visit:

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The department Research and Development of Weather and Climate models (RDWK) investigates and develops research tools for weather and air quality prediction applications and climate research. We work on detailed physical processes, data assimilation, long term climate projections and practical applications including storm surge forecasts and statistics of extremes. RDWK participates in a number of international projects directed towards a variety of weather and climate related research and development areas. The department has a strong international network.

The department performs its activities in collaboration with partners like ACCORD, EC-Earth, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts and universities. We work for the national road and water authority Rijkswaterstaat, the Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management, the Dutch research funding organisation (NWO), the European Copernicus programme and other European research programmes; and on servicing the operational weather forecast centre, climate scenario’s and strategic research. The department collaborates with the other KNMI departments.

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) advises on and warns society about reducing risks with atmospheric or seismic origins. KNMI develops high-quality knowledge, carries out observations and translates them into products and services that reduce safety risks, contribute to a sustainable society and promote economic opportunities. KNMI aims to provide reliable information and is an independent authority in the field of weather, climate, air quality, seismology and other geophysical phenomena.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.




Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

De heer dr. W.F.M. Spit

+31 (0)6-10170719

Mevrouw dr. ir. K. van der Wiel

+31 (0)6-11867551

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Mevrouw drs. M.H. van den Dool

+31 (0)6-11592879


Digitaal solliciteren

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement nodigt je uit op hun site te solliciteren. Via onderstaande knop verlaat je deze site ga je direct naar het sollicitatieformulier. Het Rijk hecht waarde aan een diverse en inclusieve organisatie. Werken in divers samengestelde teams maakt ons effectiever, innovatiever en het werk leuker. Eenieder wordt daarom uitgenodigd te solliciteren.

Relevante vacatures

Post-Doc Cloud and Wind Satellite Remote Sensing

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement
  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Uren per week 36
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 11
  • Reageren voor 10 mei
  • Dienst­verband Tijdelijke aanstelling / Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Junior researcher ‘global freshwater biodiversity modelling

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Uren per week 32-36
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Reageren voor 13 mei
  • Dienst­verband Tijdelijke aanstelling / Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Digital forensic researcher mobile device hacking

Ministry of Justice and Security, Netherlands Forensic Institute
  • Stand­plaats Den Haag-Ypenburg
  • Uren per week 36
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10,schaal 11
  • Reageren voor 17 mei
  • Dienst­verband Tijdelijke aanstelling / Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd met uitzicht op onbepaalde tijd
Down icon Links icon Rechts icon Up icon Facebook icon Instagram icon Linkedin icon Linkedin icon icon Menu icon Search icon Twitter icon Twitter icon