Research assistant SW2 “Radar product developer” at RMI

The Earth remote sensing team at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium is offering a full-time, permanent position. We are looking for an accomplished and exceptionally driven meteorological radar scientist with a specialization in advanced radar product development to become a valued member of our dynamic team.


In this role, you will play a crucial part in advancing our weather radar product portfolio. You will take a lead role in conceiving and crafting novel radar products aligned with RMI’s objectives. Your responsibilities will involve ensuring the quality of existing products and leading the development of innovative products utilizing dual-polarization radars. Effective collaboration with internal teams and a diverse range of national and international external stakeholders will be essential for the success of this position. Key responsibilities include:

1. Product Development:

  • Lead the conceptualization, design, and development of innovative radar products, with a focus on dual-polarization radar technology.
  • Drive innovation and stay up to date with the latest advancements in radar technology to incorporate into product development.


2. Quality Assurance:

  • Establish and maintain rigorous quality control processes to ensure the reliability and accuracy of weather radar products.
  • Conduct thorough validation and evaluation to meet industry standards and user expectations.


3. Stakeholder Collaboration:

  • Actively engage with internal teams, users, and regulatory bodies to understand requirements and expectations.
  • Foster strong relationships with stakeholders, ensuring alignment with project objectives and user needs.


4. Project Management:

  • Manage projects from conception to completion, ensuring timelines and deliverables are met.
  • Provide regular updates to leadership on project status, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Participate in international bodies, e.g., OPERA consortium.



  • Ph.D. in natural science or engineering. If you obtained your master's degree and/or PHD outside the Benelux, you must also have a equivalence recognition from a foreign diploma or certificate in Flanders (NARIC) or Wallonia (CFWB) for the master’s degree and/or phd degree
  • Proficiency in software and tools for analysis, as well as data processing languages such as Matlab, Python, R, and SQL, etc. is highly sought after for processing various geospatial data formats, including netCDF and HDF.
  • Experience in radar observations product development, particularly with dual-polarization radars, would be highly valued.
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills to collaborate with internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English and either French or Dutch. Willing to learn to speak the other official language.
  • Experience with scientific publications is particularly desirable, indicating familiarity with the processes of research, writing, peer review, and dissemination of findings within the scientific community.



  • Opportunities for professional development and continued education.
  • Dynamic and collaborative work environment.
  • A full-time or 4/5 contract at the level SW2 (Research Assistant) of the Belgian federal scientific career.
  • Reimbursement of local public transport.
  • Options for flexible schedules and partial teleworking.
  • Hospitalization insurance.
  • Meal vouchers.



If you have a passion for meteorological radar observations and products while driving innovation, we encourage you to seize this exciting opportunity. Apply today by submitting your CV including a full list of publications and other elements relevant for the job description above and a motivation letter outlining your pertinent experience and a statement of your personal interest. All information must be sent to no later than 15th June 2024.

More information:

Dieter Poelman (PhD)

e: or t: +32-2-373-0562

About RMI:

The Royal Meteorological Institute (IRM-KMI) is a federal scientific institute serving as the national center for meteorological services, weather, climate, and geophysics data. Engaging in international collaboration, our research supports public responsibilities, including weather forecasts, warnings, climate monitoring, data collection, verification, archiving, infrastructure management, and model development.

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