Optimization of Light Detection for an Air Quality Instrument

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Uren per week 40
  • Vergoeding €628
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal, Bachelor - HBO
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 15 februari
  • Vacaturenummer KNMI 2020-01
  • Plaatsingsdatum 15 januari 2020
  • Dienst­verband Praktijkopdracht
  • Periode 15 mrt 2020 - 15 aug 2020


Within KNMI, the department of Research & Development Satellite Observations (R&DSW) works on developing earth observation satellite instruments and on interpreting and validating their data.

The NO2-sonde is a unique, patented sonde instrument developed at KNMI R&DSW and has been used for numerous international field campaigns for the validation of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) measurements from OMI and TROPOMI satellite instruments. NO2 is an important air pollutant that needs to be monitored from both space and the ground. When launched on a weather balloon the NO2-sonde serves as a bridge between space-based and ground-based measurements. The sonde has also been deployed on mobile bicycle platforms throughout the Netherlands as a part of the City-Sonde Science initiative.

R&DSW is looking for a creative and enthusiastic electro-technical student willing to assist in the optimization the KNMI NO2-sonde. Currently, our team is in a prototyping phase regarding the detection method and electronic layout. The tasks for this position include working with our NO2-sonde design team to critically evaluate prototype development, continue instrument design documentation, propose further optimizations, test prototype designs (with the flexibility to create additional prototype(s), and document the entire process. This process should result in the formulation  of recommendations for future instrument design. Training regarding usage of the KNMI NO2-sonde and related atmospheric principles is not required and will be provided by our development team. Lastly, we anticipate that the NO2-sonde will deployed during a field campaign at a nearby KNMI research site and campaign participation may be part of the project.

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Note: Expert knowledge for all listed requirements is not expected, but the candidate should be willing and eager to learn and apply these skills. 

We are looking for a candidate with the following skills and interests:

  • Candidate can be either an HBO or Master’s student;
  • Fluent in Dutch or English;
  • Good communication skills, ability to document technical progress;
  • Independent, but works well within a small team;
  • Wllingness to share new ideas and work them out to completion;
  • Hands-on, electrotechnical skills required including soldering;
  • Electronics laboratory experience required including skills in one or more of the following areas: electronic diagramming, bread boarding, and/or creating printed circuit boards;
  • Experience with electronic layout and design software is a plus (for example, Eagle, KiCAD, etc.);
  • Interest and/or experience in industrial design is a plus;
  • Knowledge of 3-D printing techniques is a plus.


  • Dienst­verband Praktijkopdracht
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 40


Internship for the duration of 3-6 months. Start date should not be later than 15 March 2020.

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

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.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.

Within KNMI, the department of Research & Development Satellite Observations (R&DSW) works on developing earth observation satellite instruments and on interpreting and validating their data. 


Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Deborah Stein Zweers

+31 30 2206407

Mirjam den Hoed

+31 30 2206259


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