Netherlands Earth Systems Science Center - NESSC

About NESSC

How hot will the Earth’s climate be in a hundred years? Will temperatures rise steadily or can we expect sudden accelerations? NESSC brings scientists together with a background in physics, earth sciences, ecology and mathematics. To better understand the processes behind climate change and to improve future climate projections and predictions.

NESSC is a virtual research centre comprising experts from the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam and Wageningen University. Funding is provided by a Gravitation grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, which supports excellent research. Learn in the video about the main goals of NESSC.

NESCC partners

NESSC is a virtual research centre comprising experts from the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam and Wageningen University.

NESSC Cofund

For the second phase of NESSC there will be a total of 31 PhD positions, of which at least 13 will be partly funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND program. All PhD positions will be fully funded according to Dutch CAO for four years. The PhD positions will be hosted at one of the NESSC research institutes: Utrecht University, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, VU University Amsterdam or Wageningen University. NESSC brings scientists together with a background in physics, earth sciences, ecology and mathematics. To better understand the processes behind climate change and to improve future climate projections and predictions.

Through our first call we have successfully hired 18 PhD candidates, for our second call, we are looking to fill our final 13 positions. The recruitment is closed. Currently we are screening the applications. Applicants will be informed in the end of November.

NESSC offers young academics the opportunity to work on important scientific topics in not previously existing partnerships, and thus creates the conditions for innovative, groundbreaking and multidisciplinary research, including both experimental and theoretical approaches.

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Profile Candidates

NESSC will host 31 excellent, talented, enthusiastic, highly motivated and goal-oriented Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), with a no-nonsense mentality. Through our first call we have successfully hired 18 PhD candidates, for our second call we are looking to fill our final 13 positions. The ideal candidates are interested in climate research, are highly motivated to perform research in an excellent, exciting and international working environment, and are committed to a 4 year PhD track. They are excited about moving to the Netherlands and to perform a secondment at one of the NESSC COFUND Partner Organisations in the Netherlands or globally.

  • Candidates hold an MSc degree (or will graduate before the appointment date) in mathematics, physics, chemistry, ecology, earth sciences and/or environmental sciences.
  • Affinity with climate research of the past and/or current climate.
  • Excellent proficiency of the English language (both oral and written).
  • The ability to work both independently in challenging environments and in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent communication skills and cooperation skills are required.
  • An inquisitive mind-set, accuracy, creativity and self-reliance are very important.
  • You are required to be flexible, mobile and pro-active.
  • Enthusiasm to attend the full training program as offered in the project and to actively contribute to the project aims and objectives.
  • High interest in receiving training from supervisors from different institutes, disciplines and sectors, this will require regular travelling within the Netherlands.
  • High motivation to contribute to the dissemination of results and outreach to both specialists and the public at large.
  • Enthusiasm to visit a Partner Organisations for a secondment (internship), in or outside the Netherlands, as this is part of the programme.
  • Additional research visits to international institutes for research collaborations are expected.
  • Strong motivation to obtain a PhD degree.