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[Met-jobs] vacancy KNMI 2015/18

From Piet Stammes <>
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Date Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:41:24 +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 evaluation of cloud datasets (postdoc)

in the Department of R&D Satellite Observations of KNMI

Vacancy number KNMI 2015/18

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.

Job information

The successful junior scientist will work on the CM SAF (Climate Monitoring
Satellite Application Facility) project, funded by EUMETSAT. The goal of this
project is to generate from satellite measurements long-term datasets of
parameters related to the atmospheric energy and water cycle. In the CM SAF
KNMI focuses on the retrieval of cloud physical properties. Currently, two new
datasets are being prepared, based on the polar-orbiting AVHRR and the
geostationary Meteosat-SEVIRI instruments, respectively. The candidate will
evaluate these datasets by comparison with a range of other satellite- and
ground-based observations. Uncertainties will be characterized and reported to
provide guidance to users of the data. Trends and variability of cloud properties
will be analysed. Publication of the results in a scientific journal is intended.


- PhD in physics or a related field
- Excellent computer skills
- Experience in working with large datasets
- Accurate and critical attitude
- Good communication skills 
- Fluency in English

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

Working place: De Bilt

Salary:  max € 4.380,72 gross per month (scale 11), depending on experience

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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