Scientist (postdoc) in Earth Science

2 juli 2021
max. € 63.000,- per jaar.

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Are you our new colleague?

Are you an ambitious post-doctoral scientist with strong numerical and programming skills as well as experienced in atmospheric remote sensing and processing of big data on parallel computers? Then you are the person we are looking for.

You and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

With your work at SRON, you will contribute to the improvement of the Sentinel-5 Precursor CH4 data product. Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas with many not well quantified sources like natural wetlands, emission from livestock production systems, and fossil methane emissions. The TROPOMI instrument aboard the Senitnel-5 Precursor mission provides novel CH4 observations with high quality and exceptional data coverage. As part of an international consortium in collaboration with the European Space Agency, SRON developed the software tools for the operational data processing of CH4, and is responsible for future improvements of this data product.


Your position and team

You will be part of our team of 10 scientists working on trace gas retrieval in 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. Our team develops algorithms for trace gas remote sensing, for operational data processing and validation and gives scientific guidance during the implementation phase of future missions.

Your project

You will contribute to the maintenance and improvements of the CH4 data product with respect to data quality and data coverage.  As part of this project, you will get familiar with state-of-the-art atmospheric radiative transfer solutions, inversion methods and data validation strategies. Your work and your contribution will push the quality of the operational Sentinel-5 CH4 data quality. You will present your results to the project team, our colleges at the agencies and at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

Position requirements

We are looking for a person with a PhD in (atmospheric) physics or similar. Furthermore, a clear asset will be strong programming skills in Python, C++ and Fortran and experience in atmospheric trace gas remote sensing. Good English language skills (proficient English user level C1) and the ability to both work in a team and independently are a necessity 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 2 years. 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. J. Landgraf via email: [email protected] or Dr. T. Borsdorff via [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.