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Scientific assistant (m/f/x) “Land surface modelling and remote sensing”

Job opportunity

A full time position for a land surface modelling scientist is open at Meteorological and Climatological Research Service of the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium in reinforcement of its activities related to evapotranspiration and land surface heat fluxes retrievals using satellites data.

The successful candidate will integrate a team which develops a continental scale evapotranspiration and surface heat fluxes algorithm based on European meteorological satellites in an operational context ( The team is currently composed by two scientific developers and a coordinator. It also takes parts to EUMETSAT CM SAF and to the Belspo Ecoprophet projects (for further details, see LSA SAF, CM SAF and Ecoprophet projects description in

The candidate will contribute to the quality assessment and further developments of the RMI algorithm. More specifically, he will contribute actively in several fields: data processing (from ground observation, satellites and meteorological models output), running numerical model, analysing the results and performing scientific validation. He will pursue methodological developments by means of numerical physical parameterizations and mathematical tools (e.g. for sensitivity studies, error analysis).

He will contribute to implementation of the methods developed by the team and to international reviews on developed products. He will write reports and scientific papers, present talks and posters at scientific meetings or conferences, review the scientific literature and make critical analyses in view to suggesting future developments.

The contract is for one year with possibility of extension till at least February 2022. The salary will be fixed based on past experience, following the rules of the Belgian legislation.


  • PhD in physics, mathematics, or in civil/bio engineering with experience in physics or mathematics for numerical data processing and modelling.
  • Prior experience in scientific programing languages (preferably Fortran), in both computing and visualization tools (Python, Matlab, R), and in Linux environment.
  • Good working knowledge of English.
  • Effective ability to work in a team and independently.
  • Experience and good writer of reports and scientific publications.
  • Availability to travel for occasional scientific missions within Europe.


  • Experience of research and development in atmospheric or environmental sciences.
  • Practical experience in meteorological / hydrological modelling, remote sensing and data assimilation.
  • Experience in numerical processing of large amount of data and ability to critically analyse data in view to interpretation

    You are available to start as soon as possible (expected date: 1st June 2019).

We Offer

  • Dynamic working environment with international contacts.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Reimbursement of public transport commuter travel costs.

How to Apply?

To apply, please send a letter of motivation (maximum 1 page) and curriculum vitae (CV) with the reference “Land surface modelling” as soon as possible and before 29th April 2019 to:

Béatrice Libioulle (secretary)
Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
Avenue Circulaire, 3
B-1180 Brussels – Belgium.

The motivation letter will explain how far the candidate scientific activities fit the requested profile.


The CV will contain at least:

  • The candidate’s full coordinates (name, home and email addresses, etc.).
  • The diplomas obtained (including scores or grades if applicable).
  • A list of the different positions (jobs).
  • A publication list in 4 categories: peer-reviewed in international journals, proceedings of international meetings, technical reports, others.
  • A list of presentations in international meetings.
  • At least one potential referee (name, Email, phone and address).