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[Met-jobs] vacancy KNMI 2015/19

From Piet Stammes <>
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Date Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:33:26 +0000

Dear Madam/Sir,

Could you please advertise the following vacancy announcement on the Met-jobs site?

Thanks a lot in advance!

kind regards,
Piet Stammes

Satellite scientist for ozone profile retrieval (postdoc) 

in the Department of R&D Satellite Observations of KNMI

Vacancy number KNMI 2015/19

General information

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is the national institute for
weather, climate, and seismology. It provides information to the public at large,
the government, aviation and the shipping industry in the interest of safety, the
economy and a sustainable environment. To gain insight into long-term
developments, KNMI conducts research on climate change. Satellites play an
increasingly large role in monitoring weather, air quality, and climate. 
The Department of R&D Satellite Observations is a recently formed organizational
unit. Its research activities focus on satellite observations of atmospheric
quantities for weather, air quality, and climate research. Main topics are
atmospheric dynamics, chemical composition, clouds, and aerosols. The activities
of the department encompass the entire range from collecting user requirements,
developing, generating, and validating the required satellite products, to
delivering products to users. The department consists of approximately 50 staff
members, and is involved in many international satellite projects in the field of
atmospheric composition from UV-VIS-NIR satellite spectrometers, especially OMI,

Job information

We are looking for an enthusiast junior scientist for further development of an
ozone profile retrieval algorithm, and application to SCIAMACHY and GOME-2
data. The ozone vertical profile is derived from the ultraviolet reflectance
spectrum of the Earth. Good instrumental calibration in the UV is a key element in
ozone profile retrieval. Therefore, a critical analysis of instrument data quality and
calibration has to be performed. Validation of the retrieved ozone profile, including
the tropospheric ozone part, will be used as a check of the instrumental data
quality. The work will be performed in the framework of the SCIA-Visie project
(funded by the Netherlands Space Office) and the O3MSAF project (funded by


- PhD in physics or a related field
- Experience with analyzing large data sets
- Preferably experience with satellite retrieval algorithm development 
- Accurate and critical attitude
- Excellent computer skills and preferably knowledge of Fortran and Python
- Peer-reviewed publications 
- Good communication skills 
- Fluency in English.

Application: per internet application form until 12 June 2015.

For further information and the application form please follow this link:

and go to "Direct solliciteren"

Dr. Piet Stammes
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
Climate Research and Seismology Department
P.O. Box 201, 3730 AE  De Bilt, The Netherlands
phone: +31 30 2206 459
fax:   +31 30 2210 407

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