PhD Student “Irminger Sea, Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program”

The Department of Ocean Systems (OCS, department chair: prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart) is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to help investigate heat and freshwater transport in the Irminger Sea for the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP). You have a background in programming (Matlab, Python) and data analysis.

2017-10-16 16:10:36

VACANCY ID:         2017-078


The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a key component in Earth’s climate system. The northward heat transport has an important effect on the climate of Northwest Europe.

The goal of the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP, is to measure the AMOC’s volume, heat and freshwater transport at the subpolar latitudes.

The NIOZ contributes to the OSNAP array with five moorings on the western flank of the Mid Atlantic Ridge. These moorings measure the northward boundary current along the ridge, which transports warm water in the upper layers and dense overflow waters in the lower layers.



This project focuses on the boundary current transport, its variability, and the exchange between this boundary current and the interior of the subpolar gyre. The causes of transport variability will be investigated as well as the role of the boundary current in the larger AMOC.

The project will mainly focus on observational data, but will include comparisons to ocean models. Collaboration with international OSNAP groups is expected.



The PhD student we would like to meet with is an excellent, highly motivated scientist with a university degree (MSc) in oceanography, meteorology, physics or a related area. You have a strong background in programming (Matlab, Python) and data analysis.

Field expeditions to the Irminger Sea are part of this research project. Therefore, it is essential you are willing to join cruises, for weeks at a time. Due to the international character of the research team it is crucial you are proficient in spoken and written English.

You will be hosted by the department of Ocean Systems (OCS) at the Royal NIOZ on the isle of Texel.



We are offering a 4-year full-time position with a pension scheme, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, a year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Working conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centres (WVOI). The position will be located on Texel. Cost of relocation and help with housing is provided by the Royal NIOZ.



For additional information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Femke de Jong

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Jolanda Evers (senior HR advisor).

Learn more about the department of Ocean Systems here.

Interviews will be held on the 28th and/or 29th of November 2017.


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