Junior Scientist for the CO2M satellite

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

  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Contractduur 5 jaar
  • Uren per week 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.737 - €4.400
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 10 juli Nog 7 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer KNMI 2020-30
  • Plaatsingsdatum 26 juni 2020
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd


Climate change is one of the most urgent societal issues worldwide. To monitor the important anthropogenic greenhouse gas CO2, its sources and sinks, and to contribute to the Paris climate agreement, Europe will develop a dedicated satellite mission, called the CO2M satellite.

KNMI has the ambition to contribute to the CO2M satellite. KNMI plays a strong international role in the field of satellite monitoring of air pollutants like NO2, which can be used as a tracer for CO2 emissions. The most detailed NO2 pollution maps are measured by the TROPOMI instrument on the European Sentinel-5P satellite, which project is led by KNMI.

The junior scientist will contribute to the definition and development of the CO2M satellite. The junior scientist will work in a team of scientists working on instrument calibration and algorithms development for TROPOMI and OMI, based on expertise in atmospheric processes, data analysis, and software development. The work will be done in international cooperation, with ESA and EUMETSAT as funding agencies, and with partner institutes.

The developed algorithms will be applied to existing satellite observations and new satellite missions. The results will be used in operational applications and presented in scientific journals and on conferences.


The applicant is expected to:

  • Have a Master degree in physics or a related field;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Have knowledge of satellite retrievals;
  • Have good analytic and mathematical skills;
  • Have good communicative skills;
  • Work harmoniously in a research team;
  • Is eager to learn the various aspects of satellite missions;
  • Have good knowledge of Python.


  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Maand­salaris Min €2.737 Max. €4.400 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur 5 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

Other conditions of employement

In addition to your salary, you will receive an Individual Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of funds (16.37% of your gross annual salary) and time. With the IKB, you make choices that are right for you, and you can decide on some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you could opt to receive part of your monthly salary at a date of your choosing. You could also use the budget to purchase additional leave, or vice versa, or spend it on tax-efficient purchases. The Government of the Netherlands strongly values personal growth and career development and offers a wide range of options to achieve that. The fringe benefits include various study facilities, company fitness, a full compensation of your public transport expenses for your commute and partially paid parental leave.



The position is available as from today.

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The R&D Satellite Observations Department contributes to research and monitoring of the Earth system by utilizing satellites. Its research activities focus on the quality and availability of satellite observations of essential atmospheric quantities, for climate research, weather forecasting, air quality and ozone monitoring. The satellite activities of the department encompass the entire chain from collecting user requirements, developing and generating the required satellite products, to delivering products to users.

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.




Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

De heer drs. J.P. Veefkind

+31 (0)6-15829809

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Mevrouw H. Loeb

+31 (0)6-55495012

De heer R.C. Doornkamp

+31 (0)6-15624053


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