Atmospheric Scientist (Boundary Layer Meteorology)

Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Uren per week 36
  • Maand­salaris €4.092 - €6.045
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 12
  • Niveau Gepromoveerd
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 3 oktober Nog 3 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer KNMI 2022-56
  • Plaatsingsdatum 8 september 2022
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor onbepaalde tijd


The Cabauw meteorological tower has been instrumental in the development of boundary layer meteorology since its commissioning in 1972. Nowadays, the scientific programme conducted in Cabauw encompasses a wide range of topics , ranging from land-atmosphere interaction, and clouds and radiation, to fine scale observations and modelling, as well as trace-gas, aerosol and greenhouse gas observations. This programme is carried out by KNMI and partners of the Dutch atmospheric research community, collaborating in Ruisdael Observatory.

Your job as a Scientist Boundary Layer Meteorology
In your role as boundary meteorology scientist you shall be responsible for the in-situ part of the scientific programme at Cabauw, which includes tower profiles, the surface energy budget, and turbulence observations. The creation reference quality data sets and making those available is a key task. The data is widely used for climatology, process studies, and model validation, often in combination with other observations and models.

You will create opportunities for scientific advancement and innovation in the working procedures of the in-situ measurement programme. You will oversee the collection of the data, the development of user ready data products and the application of these data. You will provide scientific support to the users of the data and collaborate in scientific research projects that use the data. Jointly with your colleagues, you will decide which system developments will be taken up to advance and improve the the in-situ measurement programme , as well as the integral observational and scientific programme.

How do we work?
You will be working as a member of the science and engineering team that takes care of the data chain from sensor to data base. The development of advanced quality control procedures is a specific task that you will address with the team.

You shall be part of the team of scientists that is charge of the Cabauw science programme, with ample opportunities to collaborate internationally

When you start your job at KNMI we will support you through an introduction programme, which will be tailored to the role and your specific needs.

What we offer

  • a (permanent) position in a team of skilled, passionate scientists and engineers;
  • a world-class research infrastructure and experimental facilities;
  • opportunities for international collaboration;
  • opportunities for professional development.

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The department, R&D Observations and Data Technology, employs around 65 scientists and engineers and is responsible for continuous innovation and improvement of KNMI’s data services, from sensor to end-user. The main research facilities of the department are the development lab and instrument test site in De Bilt and the national atmospheric research facility Cabauw, including the 200 m high meteorological mast.

Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

The weather is temperamental, the ground moves and the climate changes. For our safety and prosperity, we need to know what risks and opportunities this brings. And: how we can best prepare ourselves. The Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is the national knowledge and data center for weather, climate and seismology. Reliable, independent and focused on what the Netherlands needs. For a safe Netherlands that is prepared for the impact of weather, climate and earthquakes.

We use our core values - Development, Cooperation and Relevance - to achieve our ambition, both within and outside KNMI, nationally and internationally. We develop our knowledge and expertise and work together to create a single KNMI that makes a difference to society!

Talent as the basis, diversity as the strength
The KNMI is an inclusive organization. An organization that provides space for everyone and uses the strength of its diverse workforce to achieve better results together for the Netherlands. Inclusive means that everyone feels involved and valued; not in spite of their differences, but thanks to them.

Organisationally, KNMI falls under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW) is committed to a safe, accessible and liveable Netherlands. That is why the Ministry is working on powerful connections by road, rail, water and air. And IenW protects against flooding, ensures the quality of air, water and soil and the realization of a circular economy.


Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Philippe Steeghs

+31 (0)6-11591395

Arnoud Apituley

+31 (0)6-55457540

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Edith Rijlaarsdam, recruiter

+31 (0)6-57499672


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