Professor in Quaternary Climate Change

VU University Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The cluster seeks a highly motivated Assistant Professor – to be recruited on a tenure-track position – to further strengthen the research group in the field of climate modeling with a particular focus on Quaternary climate change. The candidate should be an outstanding Early Career Earth System scientist with proven expertise in modeling the causes and consequences of Quaternary climate change with matching publication record. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in climate modeling and a few years of post-doctoral experience in a related subject. An education in Earth Sciences and experience in carbon processes and related isotopes would be considered as a plus. The successful applicant is expected to develop his ideas in the frame of the Quaternary climate modeling group and in due time to attract external funding for his/her research. He/she will also be expected to supervise undergraduate students and co-supervise PhD students. He/she should also contribute to the teaching and field work within the Bsc and/or Msc programmes of the department.


  • to acquire external funding for research;
  • to co-supervise PhD students;
  • to supervise Bsc and Msc student;
  • to teach Bsc and Msc courses;
  • to perform research and publish results in leading international journals.


The Assistant Professor is expected to:

  • have a proven interest in the effects of climate change on different timescales (especially Quaternary), ranging from past ice ages to future climate, using climate models as a tool and matching publication and citation records;
  • have some knowledge on the functioning of the Earth’s carbon cycle;
  • have a PhD in Climate modeling or related field;
  • have a functional international network;
  • be able to successfully work in a multidisciplinary and innovative research field;
  • have high-level skills in the acquisition of external funds and a proven capacity to motivate and guide students on the bachelor, master and PhD level;
  • have a basic qualification in teaching for Dutch universities ('BKO'), or is willing to follow this course after appointment;
  • be fluent in English and to acquire (if appropriate) knowledge of the Dutch language after two years.

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