PhD position in Climate Risk Assessment for European Regions


Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Deltares (Delft, the Netherlands) is looking for 3 PhD candidates in the domain of climate risk assessment and adaptation. Do you have a master degree in climate, hydrology, meteorology or another environmental discipline? Do you want to help us to develop and monitor good risk assessment tools? Read on!
PhD position in Climate Risk Assessment for European Regions
Climate change takes place everywhere. Risks of climate change are often managed at a regional scale. Assessment of these regional risks requires a good picture of past events, current exposure to extremes, and future challenges and options to reduce vulnerability. We need help to develop good risk assessment tools, and to monitor how they’re used in practice.

What can you expect as a PhD working on Climate Risk Assessment for European Regions?
You will work in a new European research project (CLIMAAX) led by Deltares, that will develop tools and funding for European regions to carry out a Climate Risk Assessment, intended to design regional policies on civil protection and climate adaptation. You will be engaged in different project activities, including the selection, testing and updating models and tools that are used for climate risk assessment.

Since Deltares has a strong profile in assessing risk related to river and coastal flooding, flood damage and droughts, you will work particularly on these topics. In addition, you will be engaged in monitoring the use and incorporation of the tools in the European pilot regions, by interacting with the organizations that carry out the regional climate risk assessment. This will improve the toolbox, and give a lot of useful information on how this work can improve climate risk preparedness across Europe.
For all activities you will collaborate intensely with a number of project partners. Also you will be member of a group of new Deltares PhDs working in this field.

What does Deltares expect from a PhD working on Climate Risk Assessment?
We want you to become an expert on regional climate risk assessment. That means that we expect you to be curious about climate phenomena that can have a major impact on people and ecosystems. But also that you develop skills to interact with people in charge of managing these risks. You preferably have some (working) experience or targeted education in the field of climate information processing. You have interest in stakeholder engagement and user experience monitoring, and are service-oriented and open-minded to the adjacent fields of interest. You have the ambition to obtain a scientific PhD degree, and are committed to fulfill the corresponding tasks. The PhD project will last 4 years after starting the work at Deltares.
The PhD will be supervised by promoter Prof. B van den Hurk, and fellow project partners working at Deltares and IVM. Active engagement in the project activities imply frequent international travel and development of an active researchers network.

We are looking for candidates that have

  • A master degree in climate, hydrology, meteorology or another environmental discipline;
  • Experience in environmental modelling or data analysis, preferably documented in a dedicated master thesis;
  • A professional attitude to work, colleagues and clients;
  • Experience or affinity with working in multi-disciplinary teams.

What we offer

  • Change to become an expert on regional climate risk assessment;
  • You will be employed at Deltares and based at Deltares in Delft;
  • The gross salary will be in line with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • Diverse and inclusive working environment*.

Are you interested in this position and do you fit the qualifications? Then apply directly by uploading your CV and a letter outlining your motivation. Deadline September 30.  First interviews will be held on October 20 and 21.  
If you have any questions about the vacancy you can contact Brian de Bruin (HR Recruitment Officer; [email protected]).

*Deltares is an inclusive employer. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming colleagues from diverse backgrounds enhances the quality of our research and organization. We welcome people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.





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