Scientist C - Retrieving aerosol properties using a combination of High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) and multi-angle polarimeter measurements


Postdoctorate Position 2 years Utrecht, The Netherlands

Uploaded 4 Apr 2019

Job Description

The goal of the project is to retrieve aerosol properties using a combination of High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) and multi-angle polarimeter measurements. To improve our understanding of the effect of aerosols on climate and air quality, measurements of aerosol chemical composition, size distribution, height profile, and optical properties are of crucial importance. From a remote sensing perspective, the most extensive set of aerosol properties can be obtained by combining passive multi-angle, multi-spectral measurements of intensity and polarization with active measurements performed by a High Spectral Resolution LIDAR (HSRL). Measurements will be used over North America using the NASA high altitude ER-2 aircraft with onboard 3 different spectro/photo polarimeters (RSP, airMSPI, and SPEX airborne), which differ in terms of spectral, angular, and spatial sampling, and the airborne HSRL-2 Lidar. 

The task of the postdoc is to develop an algorithm for a joint retrieval using polarimeter and HSRL measurements simultaneously, making full use of the information in the remote sensing measurements. 

The project is collaboration between SRON and different NASA institutes (GISS, LaRC, JPL).

Person Specification


For this interesting and challenging project, we are looking for a scientist with a PhD degree in atmospheric science, or (astro-) physics with strong programming skills (preferably in Fortran90 and Python) and experience in the field of aerosol remote. Good knowledge of the English language is essential. 

Employment conditions 

Employment of this fulltime position at SRON-Utrecht is by NWO-I (The Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes) and will be for a period of 2 years. The salary will be in accordance with the salary scales of NWO-I with a maximum of € 4,339.00 gross per month on a fulltime basis (highly depending on education and experience). NWO-I has good secondary employment conditions such as: 

  • An end of year bonus of 8,33% of the gross yearly salary; 
  • 42 days of vacation leave a year on full-time basis; 
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross yearly salary; 
  • An excellent pension scheme; 
  • Options for (additional) personal development; 
  • Excellent facilities for parental leave.