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Research assistant SW11 at RMI

Werving (M/V/X/)

For the CHASE (“Unravelling Particle Chemistry in Dronning Maud Land: from atmosphere to surface”) project ( http://ozone.meteo.be/meteo/view/en/42943056-CHASE.html ), the Ozone, UV and aerosol group at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium is opening a full time position for a short term contract (1 year) with the perspective for a prolongation.

Job Description

Framework of the project:


Within the CHASE project, we are doing research on the detection/sampling of aerosol concentrations which are very close to the detection limit. Besides aerosol physical properties, also the chemistry of particles in the air and surface snow, and the concentrations of volatile organic compounds are measured. This research is done at the Belgian Antarctic research station Princess Elisabeth in Antarctica. Teams are taking samples during yearly campaigns. One objective is to characterise the origin of the identified aerosols by identifying the origin of the air masses and transport pathways. To perform this task, we will use a dispersion model, which is operational at the Royal Meteorological Institute in the framework of emergency planning.


The successful candidate will have to be able to deal with:

  • Processing of large datasets
  • Apply statistical analysis
  • Having good programming skills


In addition, the scientist shall:
• Contribute to journal paper(s)
• Participate to the project meetings and reviews.
• Be prepared to travel regularly for short missions (1 or 2 days).


Since a prolongation on this topic could be possible in the framework of emergency planning, the successful candidate should also take into account the following skills:

  • Participate in future standby duty (24/7 service).
  • Participate to (inter)national emergency exercises.




  • Master in natural science, engineering or informatics.
  • Good computer programming skills (fortran, C, C++) and interest in scientific modelling.

working experience with UNIX/Linux systems,

working experience with data processing languages (R, IDL, Python,…).

  • good English writing and presentation skills.
  • experience with scientific publications.



  • Ability to work in a multi-lingual environment with a good knowledge of English.
  • knowledge on atmospheric chemistry and physics
  • Experience in the processing of anthropogenic and/or biogenic emission sources to be included in a CTM.
  • Ability to work with grib data and visualisation tools are an asset.
  • working experience with the NetCDF data format and handling tools.



Consisting of a statement of interest accompanied by a full CV that includes detailed information on academic qualifications and results must be sent to Kevin.Knockaert@meteo.be no later than October 15th 2019.


More information:

  Dr. ir. Andy Delcloo (RMI)  / Dr. Alexander Mangold (RMI)

  02/373 05 96 – 02/373 05 93
  Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut
  Ringlaan 3

  B-1180 Ukkel