Last application date
Oct 15, 2019 23:59
WE05 - Department of Physics and astronomy
Employment category
Limited duration
Master in natural science, engineering or informatics
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

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 characterize 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.

Profile of the candidate

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.

How to apply

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