Ground-based remote sensing of greenhouse gases and aerosols

Research / Academic
In this project, which contributes to the Dutch Ruisdael Observatory, you will work with a mobile Bruker EM27/Sun fourier transform spectrometer for measuring total column CO2, CH4 and CO, and a Cimel CE318-TP9 sun photometer for measuring aerosols to be mounted on an instrumented trailer. Using this mobile equipment, urban gradients in greenhouse gas abundance will be measured in The Netherlands, with the ICOS measurement site at Cabauw as reference. The observed co-variation of greenhouse gases and aerosols will be used to improve the methods for retrieving greenhouse gases column abundances from satellites, in preparation the Copernicus CO2 mission to be launched in 2025/26, and in close cooperation with SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

Your duties
  • set up the EM27/Sun and Cimel spectrometers and prepare for their use in measurement campaigns
  • contribute to the planning and execution of measurement campaigns in the Netherlands as well as abroad (e.g. COCCON network)
  • analyze the data in cooperation with retrieval and modeling experts at VU and SRON
  • present results at Ruisdael project meetings and international conferences
  • publish in prominent international journals


  • a PhD in atmospheric science, specialized in ground-based remote sensing of atmospheric composition
  • knowledge of and experience with the retrieval of atmospheric abundances from remotely sensed spectra
  • a proven interest in remote sensing of greenhouse gases and quantification of emissions
  • be able to work successfully in an (inter)national research team
  • be fluent in English speaking and writing

Salary Benefits:

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10) and a maximum €4,274 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 2 years, with the possibility of extension.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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