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[Met-jobs] KNMI microwave wind scientist (post-Doc)

From "Stoffelen, Ad (KNMI)" <>
To "''" <>
Date Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:54:38 +0000

Dear colleagues,


We are looking for a microwave wind scientist to support our satellite winds team at KNMI.
Please apply at:

and respond before or on 5 January 2020. A further description is given below this message for your convenience.


Please distribute this vacancy as you see appropriate.





Ad Stoffelen
Group leader Active Instruments
R&D Satellite Observations

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

A220 | Utrechtseweg 297 | 3731 GA De Bilt | the Netherlands
Postbus 201 | 3730 AE De Bilt | the Netherlands
T +31 (0)30 2206 585 (Mo, We, Fr)
M +31 (0)6 2240 9813

MWI Wind Scientist


The EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice (OSI) Satellite Application Facility (SAF) delivers a core wind information service to any private or public user in several application areas: Maritime Safety, Coastal and Marine Environment, Air-sea interaction, and Weather and Climate activities. The atmospheric and ocean states are changing continuously and the OSI SAF Wind services provides satellite wind or stress observations on the air-sea interface. These satellite observations of air-sea interaction play a crucial role in the monitoring of the exchange of momentum, heat and gases, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide, both today and over the past decades. Indeed, climate change studies require accurate ocean wind and stress inputs to determine subtle dynamical changes in time and to capture climate-scale processes. They are not only crucial for the forcing of ocean circulation models, but moreover for the generation of sea waves and storm surges, and affect most offshore and coastal activities in energy, transport, infrastructure and safety.

The KNMI scatterometer group is a world leader in satellite ocean wind processing and user services and their high-quality wind series and wind processing and monitoring activities are being continually improved through R&D activities that directly benefit users. The MWI wind scientist will engage to explore a seamless ocean wind and stress data record with the wind scatterometer records.

Further background information may be acquired through:



As a PhD you graduated in physics, oceanography, meteorology, mathematics, or equivalent. We value your experience in applied research, statistical and numerical analysis, and programming skills. Interest in oceanography or meteorology is a clear bonus. Experience with microwave satellite data validation and evaluation 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.




We offer a gross monthly salary of € 3,192 Min. and € 4,905 Max.. A working week is 36 hours. The employment is a full-time temporary appointment with a contract duration of 5 years, depending on external funding. The current OSI SAF project runs for another three years, but the supporting EUMETSAT SAF program is long term.


In addition to the salary and holiday pay, you can count on an end-of-year bonus, the so-called 13th month. The central government attaches great importance to personal growth and career development and offers numerous possibilities for this. The secondary employment conditions include paid parental leave (subject to conditions), study facilities, an elderly leave scheme and a commuting allowance. Moreover, you have a number of individual options when compiling your employment conditions package.




Information about the vacancy:

M +31 (0)6 2240 9813


Information about the application procedure:

M +31 (0)6 5549 5012

M +31 (0)6 1562 4053




Please submit your letter with motivation for this position (cover letter) and your CV at the English site .


Working environment


The Department of R&D Satellite Observations (RDSW) focusses on satellite observations of atmospheric quantities for weather, climate research, and air quality. Main topics of RDSW are atmospheric dynamics, chemical composition, clouds, and aerosols. Besides ocean surface winds, RDSW is involved in satellite projects on clouds and atmospheric composition from TROPOMI, OMI and GOME-2, on clouds and shortwave radiation from SEVIRI/MSG, on winds from Aeolus, and on aerosols from the EarthCare mission.


The research will be carried out in the Earth Observation sub-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.




The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) advises on and warns society about reducing risks with atmospheric or seismic origins. KNMI develops high-quality knowledge, carries out observations and translates them into products and services that reduce safety risks, contribute to a sustainable society and promote economic opportunities. KNMI aims to provide reliable information and is an independent authority in the field of weather, climate, air quality, seismology and other geophysical phenomena.





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