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Afbeelding Geophysicist

Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Are you a geophysicist who wants to contribute to an innovative, multi-disciplinary research project? And do you want to do this for the independent Dutch authority organization on weather, climate and seismology? Then make this vacancy your new job and apply immediately.

What will you be doing?
In this research project, it is proposed to measure tropospheric jet stream winds using pressure signals detected by ground-based arrays of extremely sensitive barometers (i.e., micro-barometers). Such knowledge could be of use in further understanding the role of the jet stream in climate change and extreme weather, which is relevant for Early Warning Centre (EWC) goals.

This position will concentrate on:

  • development of methods to extract jet stream wind parameters from mesoscale pressure fluctuations measured on ground-based microbarometer arrays using state-of-the-art instrumentation and high-resolution beamforming techniques
  • development of an interferometric method to extract jet stream wind speed parameters from cross-correlations of atmospheric Lamb-waves detected on station pairs
  • building of a jet stream database by application of both methods on global microbarometer array networks
  • cross-validation: microbarometer-derived jet stream data products will be compared to innovative wind-measurements that include radiosonde, aircraft-based and satellite-based observation systems as well as numerical weather prediction models.

This is what energizes you

You are a true pioneer who enjoys taking on a challenge and solving problems that you encounter. You work well with scientists from all over the world, both inside and outside your department. You enjoy bringing together knowledge from various scientific fields and bringing innovation to the world through creative means. You have a practical attitude.

If you need more information, we invite you to call or have a digital cup of coffee with Läslo Evers, telephone 030-2206335.


MSc or PhD in (geo)physics, meteorology, or Earth Sciences
the applicant is expected to have the necessary programming skills (e.g., Python, parallel computing) to systematically and efficiently process large quantities of microbarometer array data from global networks

You are an independent researcher, preferably with a proven track record of peer-reviewed papers. The applicant is expected to pro-actively engage with researchers from various research communities within and outside KNMI and be a pioneer in this field. You are able to think outside the box. You know how to convince people and represent the interests of the KNMI.


  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10, schaal 11
  • Maand­salaris Min €3.045 – Max. €5.503 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur 3-4 years
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

Other conditions of employment
In addition to the salary and holiday pay, an end-of-year payment can be expected, the so-called 13th month. The national government strongly supports personal growth and career development, offering several possibilities to facilitate this. The terms of employment include, among other benefits, a maximum 55% paid parental leave (conditions apply), study facilities, additional leave arrangements for older workers, and a travel allowance. The national government offers opportunities for a number of individual choices in shaping the total package of terms of employment.


  • apply immediately, we look forward to it! A first meeting can take place soon
  • once we have found the right candidate, we close the vacancy
  • obtaining references can be part of the application process. An (online) pre-selection test, an assessment, making a case and (online) screening via databases, among others, may be part of the application process.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.