Scientist for “Earth observation data exploitation and land surface modelling”

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Organisation: Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI)

A full time position is open at Meteorological and Climatological Research Service of the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium for a postdoc research scientist (m/f/x) in reinforcement of its activities related to Earth Observation (EO) data exploitation in evapotranspiration and land surface heat fluxes models.

The successful candidate will integrate a team which is currently composed by two scientific developers and a coordinator involved in national and international projects. The team develops a continental scale evapotranspiration and surface heat fluxes algorithm based on European meteorological satellites. It participates to both EUMETSAT LSA and CM SAFs as well as to the Belspo Ecoprophet projects for the exploitation of EO satellites (for further details, see LSA SAF, CM SAF and Ecoprophet projects description in http://hydroland.meteo.be).

The candidate will contribute to the quality assessment and further developments of the algorithms used by RMI, including data processing (from ground observation, satellites and meteorological models output), running numerical models, analysing the results and performing scientific validation. He/she will pursue methodological developments by means of numerical physical parameterizations and mathematical tools. More specifically, he will do actively research and developments in view to the improvement of the algorithms in the vegetation phenology module of land surface models used at RMI and to an even enhanced EO data exploitation through implementation of assimilation methods in land surface models.

He/she will write reports and scientific papers, present talks and posters at scientific meetings or conferences, review the scientific literature and make critical analyses in view to suggesting future developments.

The contract is for one year with possibility of extension to a second year in case of mutual satisfaction. The salary will be fixed based on past experience, following the rules of the Belgian legislation.