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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position in Wind and Cloud Remote Sensing at TU Delft

From Louise Nuijens <>
Date Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:11:58 +0200

Postdoc position in Wind and Cloud Remote Sensing at TU Delft

Geoscience and Remote Sensing at TU Delft

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of the departments of Transport and Planning, Structural Engineering, Geoscience and Engineering, Water Management, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

The Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing conducts a research programme in the disciplines of geodesy and remote sensing, natural geophysics, and climate and atmospheric sciences. It emphasises the interrelation between new observational techniques and applications in engineering and geosciences, including the development of models, and ground-based, airborne, and space-borne observing methods. The department has an internationally leading role in research related to Earth-oriented space research, satellite geodesy, gravity field modelling, natural hazards, geodynamics and climate studies.

Job description

The goal of the NWO-funded CMTRACE project is to provide observational evidence and understanding of convective momentum transport (the flux of momentum through convective motions). New wind profiling measurements will be made through the collocation of ground-based wind lidars and cloud radars at key locations. As a Postdoc you will be responsible for collecting and processing these core measurements, which will visualize winds below and through cloud fields, with a focus on shallow convective cloud fields. The position is for a duration of 2,5 years. Measurements will be made at two locations: over the subtropical oceans during the EUREC4A project (, and over the Netherlands as part of the Ruisdael Observatory ( The DOE ARM facility on the Azores will also be exploited.

Starting in December 2019, you will be responsible for the following tasks: a) The preparation, instalment and testing of instrumentation for deployment during the EUREC4A field campaign and at the Ruisdael Observatory for an extended period. b) Overseeing the measurements and optimizing scanning strategies. c) The processing, quality checking and validation of wind profiling measurements. d) The retrieval of wind vector and turbulent momentum fluxes, and comparison of scanning techniques.

Do you have a strong background in remote sensing and processing remote sensing data? Do you have experience working in the field? Do you have a strong interest in making unique measurements, and a willingness to solve technical problems? We greatly welcome your application.

During your appointment you are expected to work independently, but will be part of a larger team and department section with PhDs and Postdocs who work in the field of clouds and climate. You will spend several weeks working in the field. Although comprehensive analysis and the writing of publications is encouraged, larger emphasis is placed on the measurements and retrievals.


Applicants should have:
• a PhD degree in Atmospheric Science or Remote Sensing
• ample experience with radar and/or lidar measurements and analysis thereof
• excellent computing skills
• a practical mindset
• proficiency in spoken English.

Conditions of Employment

The TU Delft offers an attractive, customisable compensation and benefits package, including a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers day care, before- and after-school care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Louise Nuijens, phone: +31 (0)15-2785956, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and a letter of application by 15 September 2019. Your application should include (a) your CV, (b) your letter of motivation, including your possible start date and the names and contact information of at least two references (max. 2 pages), and (c) copies of your degree and your transcripts (courses and grades). Applications will be reviewed in September. The appointment will start December 1, 2019 for a duration of 2,5 years.


Louise Nuijens
Dept of Geosciences & Remote Sensing
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Phone: +31 15 27 85956
Mail: PO-box 5048, 2600 GA Delft
Office: 2.22 (Bldg 23), Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft  

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