Scientist Urban Meteorology

Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Contractduur 2 years
  • Uren per week 36
  • Maand­salaris €3.503 - €5.343
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 11
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 3 oktober Nog 3 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer KNMI 2022-44
  • Plaatsingsdatum 7 september 2022
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd


If you are interested in working on the representation of urban areas in HARMONIE-AROME at sub-km scales and have the chance to write scientific articles and implement model developments into our operational weather and climate models, then this vacancy is the perfect opportunity. You will be based in De Bilt.

The project
As most of the country’s population lives and works in urban areas they are a primary focus of weather and climate impacts. But weather and climate models are generally too coarse to provide detailed forecasts. Monitoring of weather and climate occurs outside cities. In the project ‘Closer to Home’ we aim to design and build a framework to understand and forecast atmospheric processes at city to neighbourhood scales. We bring KNMI’s atmospheric monitoring, weather forecasts, and climate projections closer to society and its citizens. We plan to (1) develop HARMONIE-AROME to simulate horizontal and vertical atmospheric variability over complex urban areas at sub-km resolutions. (2) Utilise the potential of new remote sensing measurements and third-party data for systematic model evaluation. (3) Demonstrate the value of the model development and new measurement data for weather and climate modelling. We work in close collaboration with Météo-France. Other external partners include the Belgian Meteorological service (KMI) and Wageningen University.

What will you be doing?
You will mainly work on the representation of urban areas in HARMONIE-AROME at sub-km scales. More specifically, this means improving the (urban) land-use information and developing a new way of coupling the urban parameterisation to the atmosphere. You will have the chance to write scientific articles and implement model developments into our operational weather and climate models. You will work at the R&D Weather and Climate Modelling department and work together with scientists from the R&D Observations and Data-technology department. You will also collaborate with scientists at Météo-France, and you will have the chance to visit that institute.

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About the department
The department Research and Development of Weather and Climate models (RDWK) investigates and develops research tools for weather and air quality prediction applications and climate research. We work on detailed physical processes, data assimilation, long term climate projections and practical applications including storm surge forecasts and statistics of extremes. RDWK participates in international projects directed towards a variety of weather and climate related research and development areas. The department has a strong international network.

The department performs its activities in collaboration with partners like ACCORD, EC-Earth, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts and universities. We work for the national road and water authority Rijkswaterstaat, the Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management, the Dutch research funding organisation (NWO), the European Copernicus programme and other European research programmes; and on servicing the operational weather forecast centre, climate scenarios and strategic research. The department collaborates with the other KNMI departments.

Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

The weather is fickle, the soil 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 Netherlands 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.

Organizationally, 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 livable Netherlands. That is why the Ministry is working on powerful


Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Ben Wichers Schreur, manager RDWK


Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Edith Gerritsen-Rijlaarsdam, recruiter



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