Netherlands nationals: Scientist International Climate Services

Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat

De Bilt, Netherlands 🇳🇱


The scientist that we are looking for is keen on developing climate services in Europe and worldwide. These services are based on new observational datasets or monitoring capabilities and innovative applications. The ultimate goal is to provide key climate diagnostics for the development of early warning systems, provide the scientific community with reliable data for monitoring climate change and for climate adaptation actions in sectors like agriculture and water management.

In this position you will initiate, coordinate and actively participate in the development of the key products of the department, such as the data portals and climate information products. This work is done in close collaboration with international partners, representing providers of basic station observations, as well as a diverse group of users of climate monitoring information products derived from these data.

Good communication skills and an interest in linking science to applications, international development and climate adaptation are considered to be strong assets for this position.


Here is what we expect from you:

  • MSc in a relevant field (Climate Science, Meteorology, Geophysics, or related fields).
  • Excellent communication and project management skills.
  • Experience with scientific programming and working in a scientific environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in international, multidisciplinary, multicultural teams.
  • Initiative and flexibility, needed to make progress in occasionally challenging or unpredictable circumstances.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of French would be an advantage.


  • Salaris­niveau: schaal 10, schaal 11
  • Maand­salaris: Min €2.756 â€“ Max. €5.039 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband: Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur: 2 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week: 32
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week: 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

In addition to your salary, you will receive an Individual Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of funds (16.37% of your gross annual salary) and time. With the IKB, you make choices that are right for you, and you can decide on some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you could opt to receive part of your monthly salary at a date of your choosing. You could also use the budget to purchase additional leave, or vice versa, or spend it on tax-efficient purchases. The Government of the Netherlands strongly values personal growth and career development and offers a wide range of options to achieve that. The fringe benefits include various study facilities, company fitness, a full compensation of your public transport expenses for your commute and partially paid parental leave.

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The department, R&D Observations and Data Technology, employs around 55 scientists and engineers and is responsible for continuous innovation and improvement of KNMI’s data services, from sensor to end-user. For our team of scientists that is developing and implementing KNMI’s International Climate Services we are looking for a project scientist. One of our important products in the area of International Services is the International Climate Assessment & Dataset (ICA&D) which collects, processes and analyses surface climate observations in Europe and a growing number of regions in the world. This KNMI activity contributes to climate adaptation worldwide by providing and organizing regional climate information in regions where this information is lacking. These services are embedded in the World Meteorological Organization and the Copernicus Climate Change Service project. While the station-based observations are at the core of the service, derived datasets like application-oriented climate indices are its flagships. The research group in the R&D department take part in various international collaborations, inside Europe but increasingly outside Europe as well.