Staff Member Model Support and Maintenance (1.0 FTE)

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Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2552 - € 4028 per maand

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for a Staff Member Model Support and Maintenance. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.


The Department of Physical Geography (DPG) at Utrecht University performs research directed to understanding the physical processes, patterns, and forms at the Earth's terrestrial surface. Next to fieldwork and lab experiments, DPG heavily relies on computer models that simulate earth surface processes. Currently, two main model suites are used. The first line of models is based on the PCRaster modelling language that has been developed in our department. An important representative of this line is the global hydrological model PCR-GLOBWB that is also used outside Utrecht University. The other line of models is based on the model suites developed by the research institute Deltares (e.g., Delft3D, XBeach) that are coupled to dedicated models developed by DPG on sediment movement and the interaction with vegetation.

We seek a supporting staff member that will help the academic staff with model support and model maintenance. Your tasks will be to maintain the PCR-GLOBWB model (including version management and code refactoring: 0.2 FTE), support its external users (0.1 FTE), and to help DPG academic staff with model development (particularly model coupling of Deltares-based models and PCRaster-based models and High Performance Computing support: 0.2 FTE). The remaining 0.5 FTE will be spent on cooperating in projects (PhD, postdoc or contract research) and will involve developing and running Earth Science models, analysing results and contribute to scientific publications.


We are looking for somebody with a MSc or PhD in Computational Sciences or in Earth Sciences. The successful candidate has:

  • experience with the maintenance and development of earth science models;
  • experience with model coupling;
  • programming skills (Python, Fortran);
  • experience with HPC computing.

The following qualifications are preferable:

  • knowledgeable about hydrology or coastal and river hydrodynamics or related fields;
  • experience with contract research for third parties.


The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position for three years. The gross monthly salary is dependent on qualifications and experience and will start between €2,552 and €4,028 (scale 9 or 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. We also offer a pension scheme and flexible employment conditions. Candidates who transfer to the Netherlands from abroad may apply for a 30% tax reduction on their income tax with the Dutch tax authorities (if certain conditions apply). For more information: working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

For further information about the vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. M.F.P. Bierkens (


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Utrecht University has been ranked first nationally in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 65th globally. The University is committed to a strategies orientation on four overarching themes, which include ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Institutions’. The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With 2.200 students (BSc and MSc) and 550 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty is organised in four departments: Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences and Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning.

The Department of Physical Geography has the ambition to excel in research and education on BSc, MSc and PhD level. Its research focuses on processes, patterns and dynamics of Earth’s continental and coastal systems, and on the interaction between these processes. This knowledge is essential for the sustainable management of our planet and to guarantee the availability of resources for the next generations.


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