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[Met-jobs] PhD position: Air Quality Measurements from Space & the Ground

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Date Tue, 28 May 2013 13:19:48 +0000

PhD: Air Quality Measurements from Space & the Ground

The Netherlands

Delft University of Technology: faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2062 to €2638 per month gross

Job description

Nitrogen dioxide in the lower atmosphere is an indicator for air pollution. It can be measured from space, e.g. by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on board EOS-AURA. These satellite measurements can be used to study worldwide changes in air quality. The uncertainties in nitrogen dioxide concentrations derived from satellite measurements are still very large. The PhD student will focus on quantification, understanding and decreasing these uncertainties, using remotely sensed measurements from the ground and in-situ measurement from weather balloons. Atmospheric models will be used to couple these measurements and study their mutual differences. The PhD student will mostly work with data collected during several measurement campaigns in Europe, the USA, and China between 2007 and 2013. More data will be collected during one or two intensive measurement campaigns in the course of the project.
The PhD student will be stationed at KNMI in De Bilt but will fully participate in the PhD programme of TUD.


As a potential candidate, you should have a Master degree in (astro-) physics, meteorology, chemistry, remote sensing or a closely related discipline. You should have good communication skills, be fluent in English, and preferably also in Dutch. You should have strong analytical qualities, a high level of motivation and good learning skills. In particular, we will assess your potential for quickly developing scientific writing skills and self-directing skills. You preferably have experience with remote sensing and radiative transfer. Good programming skills in FORTRAN, C, C++ or Python, are an advantage.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Ankie Piters, phone: +31 (0)30-2206433, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and a letter of application by 18 June 2013 to
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CITG13-10.

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