Scientist C / Post Doc (Earth Science Group)

16 april 2021
Max. € 4.514,– bruto per maand

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Are you our new colleague?

Are you the ambitious post-doctoral scientist with strong analytical and programming skills that will improve aerosol measurements from satellites, enabling a better understanding and quantification of climate change?

You and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

You will play an important role in the validation and improvement of aerosol retrievals from Multi-Angle Polarimetric (MAP) measurements by the Remote Sensing of Aerosols and Trace gas Products (RemoTAP) code, developed at SRON. RemoTAP is one of the very few codes worldwide that is capable of performing global aerosol retrievals from MAP measurements. Your improvements of the code will be important for re-analysis of past datasets as well as for data processing of the upcoming Dutch SPEXone instrument on the NASA PACE mission, to be launched in 2023. SRON is the scientific lead for the SPEXone instrument.

Your position and team

You will be part of the aerosol team within the Earth Science Group (ESG) of SRON. The ESG consists of approximately 25 scientists (permanent, postdocs, PhD students) that work on the data processing and interpretation of satellite instruments as well as the definition of new instrumentation and guiding the development. The aerosol team consists of 6 persons working on retrieval algorithm development, data assimilation, and quantification of aerosol radiative forcing from satellites.

Your project

You will work on the improvement of aerosol retrievals using the RemoTAP code, e.g., aerosol retrievals over snow, retrievals close to and above/below clouds, and improvement of surface reflection models. Insights in possible improvement will be gained from synthetic studies and by comparing RemoTAP retrievals from the French PARASOL instrument to ground based measurements and retrievals by an independent algorithm. Part of this work will be carried out in the framework of the ESA project HARPOL (Harmonizing and advancing retrieval approaches for present and future polarimetric space-borne atmospheric missions). This project is a collaboration with the university of Lille and the GRASP-sas company.

Position requirements

We are looking for a person with a PhD in (atmospheric) physics or similar. Candidates with a PhD in computational science with affinity for atmospheric science are also encouraged to apply. Furthermore, strong programming skills (preferably Fortan90 and Python) and experience in atmospheric and/or surface remote sensing in, particular using polarization measurements, would be a clear asset. Good English language skills (speaking and writing) and the ability to both work in a team and independently are a no-brainer for us.

What we offer

The position we offer at SRON is a full-time position in which you will be employed by NWO-I. (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research Institutes) for a period of 1 year. Extension of this period depends on external funding. The salary will be in accordance with NWO salary scale 10 with a maximum of € 4.514,– gross per month on a full-time basis (depending on your level of education and experience). Compensation for commuting expenses will be provided.

NWO has good secondary employment conditions such as:

  • An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary;
  • 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis;
  • An excellent pension scheme;
  • Options for (additional) personal development;
  • Excellent facilities for parental leave;
  • Ample training opportunities;
  • Possibility of flexible working hours.


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.

About SRON

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 For further information about the content of the position, please contact Dr. Otto Hasekamp via email: [email protected]


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.