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[Met-jobs] Post-doc Wind Scatterometer Scientist

From "Stoffelen, Ad (KNMI)" <>
To "''" <>
Date Wed, 27 May 2015 11:54:01 +0000

At the KNMI Department of R&D Satellite Observations there is a vacancy for a


Wind Scatterometer Scientist (Post-doc)


General information

The Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut ( ) is an agency of

the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the national institute for

weather, climate and seismology. We provide safety-, economy-, and

environment-related weather information to the public, government, aviation and

marine sectors. From our central weather room in de Bilt weather forecasts and

warnings are issued. The provision of knowledge, data and information is our key

assignment. Moreover, KNMI researches climate change, weather, earth quakes

and other geophysical phenomena. In all of these fields, we cooperate and

collaborate internationally with sister organizations. Our research is directed

towards the observation and analysis of climate and weather systems and their

prediction. Research topics are selected on the basis of the state-of-the-art of the

international weather and climate research and on the basis of government and

society demands.


Research Group

The research will be carried out in the Earth Observation department, in the group

working on satellite wind observations. The KNMI satellite wind research group is

internationally renowned. We work closely together with EUMETSAT

(, ESA ( ) and other international organizations.

Besides research, we are responsible for the operational and near-real time

processing of the ocean wind vector observations of several satellite instruments

( and thus maintain a close link between research

and applications.


Job information

Weather and ocean forecasters require accurate ocean vector wind inputs to follow

evolving relevant and sometimes extreme dynamical phenomena and to capture

coastal-scale processes. The ASCAT wind scatterometers, at the microwave C

band, operationally produce a high-quality wind series and wind processing and

monitoring activities are being further refined. The wind scatterometer scientist

will engage to explore the Sentinel-1 satellite SAR measurements in order to

validate the new coastal ASCAT wind data processor (AWDP) wind products.

Moreover, novel wind scatterometers are emerging for which adapted wind data

processors need development and testing. The research is part of the EUMETSAT

Ocean and Sea Ice (OSI) and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Satellite

Application Facility (SAF) projects and supported by the EUMETSAT SAF network.

Coastal winds play an important role in coastal protection, wind energy, ship

routing, off-shore, climate system dynamics, etc.. They determine the generation

of sea waves and storm surges, the humidity, momentum and heat exchanges

between air and sea, which are crucial for the forcing of ocean circulation models.

Further background information may be acquired through:

- KNMI scatterometer group:




- Copernicus S1 SAR:



As a PhD you graduated in physics, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography or

equivalent. We value your experience in applied research, statistical and

numerical analysis, and programming skills. Interest in microwave satellite data

validation and evaluation is a clear bonus. Experience with meteorology or

oceanography and peer-reviewed publications in the field of earth observation

would be an asset, as well as knowledge of Fortran and scripting computer

language(s) (e.g. bash, python). You have an analytical and independent mind,

but also enjoy working in a team. Good communication skills, both verbally and

written, in at least the English language are required.



The position is for the duration of max 5 years, or as long as there is


Working place: De Bilt

Salary: max € 4.415,77 gross per month (scale 11), depending on



The interviews for this position will take place on the 22nd, 23th or 24rd of June due

to the holiday period. Please indicate your availability. Alternate earlier availability

may be indicated and will be considered when feasible.


For further information you can contact Dr. Ad Stoffelen, +31 30 220 65 85

(office), +31 6 2240 9813 (mobile), e-mail

To apply you can e-mail your letter and cv with reference to KNMI 2015/22 before

June 12, 2015 to



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 /_/__/   Ad Stoffelen                           Tel:    +31 30 22 06 585 (Mo We Fr)
/ //_/   KNMI, Postbus 201, 3730 AE  de Bilt            +31 6 2240 9813 (Tu Th)
        The Netherlands                        Fax:    +31 30 22 10 407  


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