[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc, SRON-Utrecht

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Sun Oct 8 20:56:00 MDT 2017

SRON's mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore, the
institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue
fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise
institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to
international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.
Our Earth Science Group has a vacancy for a
Postdoc (f/m)
vac.nr. 1322
Project Outline
The postdoc will work for the GALES project (4-year project). This project is a Science-Technology
project aiming to develop science and promote its utilization a.o. by companies.
In this project, we will use the CH4 measurements of the highly innovative new satellite instrument
TROPOMI (launch October 2017) which has unprecedented spatial resolution and sensitivity
combined with daily global coverage. This makes the instrument ideally suited for the detection of
localized CH4 point sources on global scale. The research is aimed at detection and quantification of
these localized sources, in particular those related to the fossil fuel industry. The knowledge from
bottom-up emission inventories will be used in this process and will be further improved. The
ultimate aim is to support industry and governments in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions as part of the commitments to international climate agreements.
Different companies are connected to the project to further exploit the results and steer the project
towards (quick) utilization. All results obtained in the project will be published in peer reviewed
The research team consists of scientists from SRON, VU and TNO. The latter are experts in bottomup
emission inventories. The research team is further complemented by a User Committee
consisting a.o. of various companies and other highly interested end-users and experts that will
advise and support the project with their expertise for the best use of the data.
The project will be executed by two postdocs and the work between these two postdocs will be
roughly split into satellite data analysis and emission quantification, and inventory and update of
bottom-up emissions (this vacancy), analysis of differences with satellite-based emission estimates
including reconciliation of the two approaches (both positions). Also, assessment of CH4 mitigation
potential is aimed for within the project based on the findings from the project on CH4 emissions
(this vacancy). Clearly, the two postdocs will work closely together, supported by the rest of the
team and the User Committee.
We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with a PhD and experience in developing (CH4)
bottom-up emission inventories.
Employment conditions
Employment of these full-time position as a Scientist C at SRON-Utrecht is by NWO (The
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and will be for a period of 3 years with the option
for an extension of 1 year. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO with a
maximum of € 4,154.00 gross per month on a fulltime basis (highly depending on education and
relevant experience).
NWO has good secondary employment conditions such as:
• An end of year bonus of 8.33% of the gross yearly salary;
• 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis;
• An excellent pension scheme;
• Options for (additional) personal development;
• Excellent facilities for parental leave;
• A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary.
For further information about the position, please contact Ilse Aben (i.aben at sron.nl, +31 88 777
5879), or Sander Houweling, (s.houweling at sron.nl, +31 88 777 5600). More information about
SRON can be found at www.sron.nl.
Letter of application
If you wish to apply you can send a motivation letter with CV and the name(s) and address(es) of
reference(s) (incl. phone and e-mail) to jobs at sron.nl
Please state the vacancy number "SRON 1322” in the subject of your mail and your application letter.
Applications will be accepted until 20 October 2017

Christine Wiedinmyer, Ph.D.
CIRES Associate Director for Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Christine.Wiedinmyer at colorado.edu
NOAA: T/W/F  303-497-3584
CU: M/Th 303-735-5741

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