Recruitment information

Thank you for your interest in the NESSC COFUND programme! 

The eligibility check and scientific evaluation will follow immediately after the application deadline.

Ethical aspects of NESSC work:  NESSC and its’ institutes will carry out all research and training activities in compliance with the fundamental ethical principles set by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and ethics rules of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. NESSC research does not involve humans, human embryos/foetuses, human cells, tissues, animals, personal data, research that has the potential for military applications (dual use) nor research that could potentially be misused.

Utrecht University (UU, coordinator), together with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, VU University Amsterdam or Wageningen University offer 31 PhD positions, of which 13 will be funded through the EC H2020 Marie S. Curie COFUND NESSC doctorate programme. All selected PhD candidates will be embedded within the existing Netherlands Earth System Science Centre and directly appointed at one of the NESSC institutes.


NESSC is a so-called Gravitation Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The programme has received further funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie, grant agreement No 847504.