Deadline: 01 Sept 2023

Published: 14 Aug 2023

Contact: Dr. Aimée Slangen

New job opportunity at the Royal NIOZ: the department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated PhD candidate to address the challenge of reconstructing 20th century regional sea-level changes.

Do you want to use state-of-the-art observations and model simulations to unravel the 20th century sea-level puzzle? Do you want to use climate models to simulate past regional sea-level changes, and close the 20th century regional sea-level budget?

The Royal NIOZ offer this 4-year position in the NWO-funded Vidi project ‘DARSea: Detection and Attribution of 20th century Regional Sea-level change’. The position is in the research group of Dr. Aimée Slangen, in close collaboration with Utrecht University (Department of Physical Geography).


Global mean sea level has been rising at a rate of 1.7 (1.3-2.1) mm/yr since 1900, increasing to 3.3 (2.9-3.6) mm/yr for the period 1993-2018. However, from satellite altimetry observations we know that regional changes can be up to three times faster than the global mean. It is precisely this regional sea-level change which matters to coastal societies when they are deciding on defensive and adaptive measures. There is an urgent need to reconstruct 20th century regional sea-level changes, such that we can unravel its causes and determine the part of the observed changes that is driven by man-made greenhouse gas emissions. This is the aim of the NWO-funded Vidi project ‘DARSea: Detecting and Attribution of 20th century Regional Sea-level change’.


The Royal NIOZ are looking for a candidate who has completed an MSc degree in Climate Physics, Oceanography, Marine Sciences, Physical Geography, Earth Sciences or a related relevant discipline. Preferably, you will also have strong analytical and computational skills, as the position involves analysis of large and complex datasets, numerical modelling and scientific programming.

Preferably, you will start this PhD position between November 2023 and 1 January 2024. The work will be conducted at NIOZ Yerseke (Netherlands).


  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Names and contact information of 2 references
  • If possible a recent writing sample (such as a written report of research during your master’s degree).
  • The cover letter should discuss your motivation for this PhD position including how you meet some or all of the preferred criteria.

You can apply until 1 September 2023.