Are you our new colleague?
Are you an ambitious, highly motivated and result driven scientist with good skills in data analytics and experience in the interpretation of atmospheric (satellite) data ? Then you are the person we are looking for.
You and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
SRON is the co-Principal Investigator Institute for TROPOMI, a Dutch instrument realised together with ESA that has been a game-changer for studying methane emissions from space. SRON’s responsibilities include the development and maintenance of the operational algorithms for methane and carbon monoxide. We have various research projects focusing on using the TROPOMI data to better understand methane emissions, also in conjunction with high spatial resolution satellites like GHGSat, Sentinel-2, and PRISMA. As such we identified super-emitting coal mines in Australia, estimated the emissions from different gas well blow outs, and showed it is possible to detect and characterize methane emissions from landfills using space-based observations. You will join the team at SRON working on this exciting topic where science also enables and supports climate action.
Your position and team
You will be part of our team of scientists working on the interpretation of TROPOMI – and other – satellite data in the Earth Science Group (ESG) of SRON. The ESG consists of approximately 25 scientists (permanent, postdocs, PhD students) that work on the interpretation of satellite data, data processing, as well as the definition of new instrumentation. Our team develops methods to detect and identify sources and quantify emissions of various trace gases using satellite data in conjunction with atmospheric modelling. Our research aims to address topics with societal relevance.
The focus of this project is on methane emissions from urban areas, the oil and gas industry, coal mines, and landfills. You will join the team at SRON that uses TROPOMI methane data, in conjunction with high spatial resolution satellite data, to assess methane emissions globally. This includes methane super emitters as well as methane area sources, or combinations thereof. Methane emissions will be derived with flux inversions using atmospheric transport models. The work will be used in support of climate mitigation action through the IMEO, Global Methane Hub and others. You will present your work to various stakeholders as well as at scientific conferences, and publish your work in scientific peer reviewed journals.
We are looking for an ambitious, highly motivated, and result driven scientist with a PhD in atmospheric sciences/(astro)physics or a similar degree, experience in the interpretation of atmospheric (e.g. satellite, aircraft, …) observations using transport models, and good data analytics and computer programming skills. Experience with flux inversions is considered an asset. A good command of the English language is essential and you should be able to work both independently as well as in a team.
What we offer
We offer you an inspiring professional environment with driven teams and colleagues and good career opportunities. This position is for two years, with the possibility for an extension of another two years.You will be formally employed by NWO-I, the NWO institute organisation to which we belong.
Employees of NWO-I/SRON are covered by the collective labour agreement for research institutes (Cao-OI). Your place of employment is Leiden. This position is placed in salary scale 10, (maximum € 4.514,- gross per month on a full-time basis).
NWO-I has good secondary employment conditions such as:
• excellent reputation in space science
• societal relevant, high quality science
• extensive development opportunities
• 42 vacation days a year
• a favorable parental leave scheme
• possibility to partially work from home
• well-equipped modern labs
SRON's mission is to achieve breakthroughs in international scientific research from space. To this end, SRON develops groundbreaking technology and advanced space instruments. SRON promotes societal applications for space technology. We have a strong international reputation as 'excellent in space research'. The quality and societal relevance of our science is considered ‘world-leading’.
We have a strong international reputation as 'excellent in space research'. The quality and societal relevance of our science is considered ‘world-leading’. Our mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space science.
Therefore our Instrument Science Group, supported on project basis by the Engineering Group, technologically enables breakthroughs in our science programmes:
Technology, Astrophysics, Earth science (atmospheric science), Exoplanetary science.
For more information, please contact
More information about SRON can be found at www.sron.nl. For further information about the content of the position, please contact Ilse Aben via email: [email protected] or Bram Maasakkers: [email protected]. Applications can be made online at our website https://werkenbijsron.nl/. The vacancy will remain open until it is filled.
At SRON we believe that a workforce diverse in gender, age, and cultural background is key to performing excellent research. We therefore strongly encourage qualified applicants of all ages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, members of minorities, persons with disabilities, and potential dual-academic-career hires to apply.
Online screening may be part of the selection procedure.
Recruitment consultants, please put down the phone. We’ll do the recruitment ourselves so unsolicited acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated.