[ES_JOBS_NET] post-doc TROPOMI CH4 emissions SRON Netherlands

Ilse Aben E.A.A.Aben at sron.nl
Fri Sep 22 12:42:27 MDT 2017

could you post the job announcement, deadline 20 Ocotober 2017, thank

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 journals. 
The research team consists of scientists from SRON, VU and TNO. The
latter are experts in bottom-up 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. 
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