Postdoc position: modelling of global biomass burning aerosol

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Closing date: 07 October 2019

Landscape fires inject (biomass burning) aerosol into the air where it affects human health and climate. Global aerosol models, combined with best estimates of fire emissions, underestimate aerosol optical thickness by a factor 2-5. Several explanations have been offered without a consensus on the solution. You will join one of the leading teams on this topic and use a diverse and complimentary set of remote sensing and in-situ observations as well as a combination of global and regional models to advance our understanding of biomass burning aerosols.

Your duties

  • Prepare a suite of remote sensing and in-situ datasets for model evaluation
  • Run a global and regional aerosol model and conduct sensitivity studies
  • Perform extensive model evaluation to understand remaining uncertainties
  • Present results at conferences and in peer-reviewed publications


  • PhD in Earth sciences, physics, chemistry or related discipline
  • Experience with programming in FORTRAN, Python or a similar language
  • Experience with aerosol models and/or remote sensing data 

What is VU Amsterdam offering?

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 0.9 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, 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.


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