Senior Scientist Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB)

The Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium wants to hire a senior scientist with excellent C programming skills to support our Earth Radiation Budget projects.


The scientist will primarily support our participation in the Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB, see experiment, an instrument on the Meteosat second generation satellites. GERB is an international project in collaboration with the European Meteorological Satellite organisation (EUMETSAT), the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Imperial College London as main partners. Our primary contribution to the project consists of the generation of the level 2 GERB data records of top of atmosphere radiative fluxes from the level 1 instrument data.


His/her tasks will be:


  • Scientific analysis of the GERB data involving: (i) the processing and the statistical analysis of large amount of satellite data, (ii) the modelling of the radiation in its spectral, angular, temporal and spatial dimensions to make the data useful for the scientific community, (iii) propose scientific improvements to the GERB data. 
  • Development, integration and validation of new features to be implemented in the GERB data processing system (mostly in the C programming language).
  • Participation in the administration and day-to-day operation of the satellite processing infrastructure, and reporting at international meetings.


The candidate should have at least:


  • A master, with relevant experience, or PhD degree in natural sciences and/or engineering.
  • Affinity with scientific research in the field of (geo)physics, e.g. in meteorology, climatology, or satellite remote sensing.
  • Working experience (2+ years) with satellite remote sensing of the Earth Radiation Budget.
  • Extensive working experience (10+ years) with the UNIX/Linux operating system, including system administration.
  • Proven working experience (5+ years) with at least one compiled programming language (e.g. C, C++, Fortran, …) in a scientific context.
  • Proven working experience (5+ years) with at least one scripting language (e.g., Python, Perl, R, …) in a scientific context.
  • Proven working experience (5+ years) with scientific data formats in common use (e.g., HDF5, netCDF, …).
  • Good working knowledge of English, and either French or Dutch. Bilingual proficiency is appreciated, as the candidate will be working in a bilingual team, but not required.


The following skills will be considered assets:


  • Working experience with processing and visualization languages (R, Matlab, …)
  • Working experience with source code management tools (git, Gitlab, …).
  • Although not mandatory, any experience in server and service management, as well as with maintaining ICT hardware, is a valuable asset for this position.


We offer a long term contract, at the SW1 or SW2 salary scale, starting on 1st October 2022.


Candidates, who must be Citizen of the European Economic Area or from an EUMETSAT member state, should send their CV and motivation letter to  The position is open until filled. Additional information can also be obtained from .

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