Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (IMAU)

Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Group (APCG)



Student lab assistant

In the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics group at IMAU, we are looking for a student lab assistant to work on H2 isotope measurements. The ideal candidate should have some ability for experimental work, basic analytical skills, and most important, should be serious and reliable. The work is interesting, and consists mostly in maintaining the H2 isotope instrument and analyzing air samples from different environments or experiments. The instrumental setup is based around an IRMS (Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer) and is currently the only setup in the world capable of measuring the isotopic composition of atmospheric H2. The work has to be careful, clean and precise. The lab assistant is welcome to go beyond measuring the samples, to scientific interpretation of the results, if interested. The new lab assistant will take over from the current one, who has to stop at the end of October. The contract will be made for 8-10 hours / week, to be discussed. For applying or questions please contact Elena Popa,

PhD position on Characterization of geological, biological and atmospheric methane


Methane emitted to the atmosphere from different sources is characterized by differences in isotopic composition. The PhD candidate will analyse methane from geological, microbial and pyrogenic sources to characterize them isotopically. The PhD candidate will also analyse atmospheric air samples from the present atmosphere, and from the late industrial period to reconstruct the variation in the clumped isotope signature over that period.

The project is one of 30 PhD positions focusing on climate research, still available and to be found on the NESSC website (Netherlands Earth System Science Centre). NESSC is a so-called Gravitation Programme, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The programme is co-funded with a Grant that has been awarded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme: the Marie S.-Curie COFUND programme, grant agreement No 847504. For this reason a minimum of 13 of the PhD positions are subject to EU eligibility criteria, to be selected when all applications have been received.

All PhD positions have full funding for four years and employment conditions are subject to the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement. 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. 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. Please click here for general information about NESSC and here for NESSC research.


NESSC will host excellent, talented, enthusiastic, highly motivated and goal-oriented Early Stage Researchers, with a no-nonsense mentality. The ideal candidates are interested in past and/or current 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.

For this project we seek a PhD candidate with a Master’s degree in Chemistry or Physics and strong analytical skills, experience with and interest in working with state of the art analytical equipment, and a strong mathematical background. Complete vacancy description