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a scientific researcher (F/M/X)



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BIRA-IASB is hiring a scientific researcher. The successful candidate will be involved in atmospheric research aiming at improving the understanding of the sources and sinks of VOCs in the framework of the OCTAVE ( and ALBERI ( projects.

Statute: Contractual
Start date: April 16, 2021
Deadline for applications: January 19, 2021

Division, context

The division “Sources and sinks of atmospheric constituents” studies the Earth’s atmosphere using in situ and remote sensing measurements (space-borne or ground-based) and atmospheric modelling. An important topic of the division is the study of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have a strong impact on air quality and climate. The candidate will be involved in research aiming at improving the understanding of the sources and sinks of VOCs in the framework of the OCTAVE ( and ALBERI ( projects.


The candidate will be in charge of the analysis of local VOC measurements obtained at the tropical marine site of La Réunion in terms of source apportionment and will contribute to the final reports of the OCTAVE and ALBERI projects.

Required competences
  • the candidate should hold a recent Master degree in Sciences or Applied Sciences
  • must have an advanced level in oral and written English
  • should have good data handling, analysis and visualization skills and preferentially have experience with Python or Matlab
  • experience with multivariate receptor modelling or with atmospheric transport models is recommended
  • experience with scientific reporting is considered an asset
Offer and benefits
  • This position is a full-time job on a contractual base with a contract duration of 4.5 months, salary is according to the federal regulations for scientific contractual personnel.
  • All relevant work experience (public + private sector) will be considered when determining seniority.
  • Possibility to acquire a bonus for bilinguism (Dutch/French)
  • Possibility of training (to be followed during working hours)
  • Pleasant working atmosphere in a scientific environment located in a green setting
  • Attractive annual leave policy (minimum 26 days by year) and options to balance professional and personal life (flexible schedule).
  • Flexible schedule within the 38 hours week
  • Pleasant work environment in a scientific institution located in a green setting in Uccle, Brussels.
  • Full refund of commuting expenses when using public transportation, compensation when using the bicycle
  • Possibility to work from home
  • Access to special advantages arranged for the employees of the federal scientific institutions: museum card, hospitalization insurance, reductions via the Fed + card, etc.
  • Company restaurant with reasonably priced hot meals and salad bar.
  • On-site childcare during school holidays in July and August.
  • Dynamic working environment with international contacts.

After evaluation of the application letters, the selected candidates will be invited for an interview, or a teleconference.

More information about this vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Crist Amelynck by email Crist(dot)Amelynck(at)aeronomie(dot)be or by phone +32 (0) 2 373 03 90.


Send a complete CV with reference “D22-TROPOCHEM” to:

Deadline for applications: January 19, 2021


More about BIRA-IASB

The Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) is a Belgian Federal Scientific Institute.

Since its founding in 1964, BIRA-IASB has been conducting research and providing public services in space aeronomy, i.e. the physics and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere and other planets, and outer space.

Our scientists use instruments on the ground, in the air, on board balloons or in space and computer models.