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R&D Engineer Atmosphere

  • Mol, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
R&D & Engineering

Job description

VITO observes, evaluates and simulates the impact of human activities on our natural resources such as clean air, a livable climate, clean drinking water and unpolluted soil. Based on sensors, algorithms, science-based knowledge platforms and spatial solutions, we offer companies and governments support towards a sustainable policy.

As a researcher you will contribute to Flemish, European and international air quality policy:

  • You develop and configure models that simulate and predict the emissions and dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere. The focus of these models is at the urban scale and are used to support the environmental policy of Flemish and foreign governments, city administrations, urban planners and industries.
  • You contribute to scientific software development, data processing and data visualization.
  • You are involved in the integration of new data science techniques such as machine learning, AI and data assimiliation methodologies in the modelling toolbox.
  • You are responsible for the analysis of the model results and reporting to the customer or end user.
  • Within projects you always work together with fellow researchers and IT professionals, you report on the results and you publish in scientific journals.
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Job requirements

  • You hold a master degree in exact or applied sciences or engineering. A degree in atmospheric sciences is a plus.
  • You have experience in air quality modelling. Experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a plus.
  • You have experience in data assimilation and artificial intelligence techniques.
  • You are good at manipulating large data sets and you have a good knowledge of Python or a similar programming language.
  • You have experience with the visualisation of spatial data. Experience with GIS software is a plus.
  • You are accurate, you work in a structured way and you strive to deliver quality. You can document your work and report the results directly to customers.
  • You are customer-oriented and work solution-oriented.
  • You are fluent in English, fluent in Dutch is a plus.


  • The unit Environmental Intelligence is located in Mol. We work activity based. Our activities determine our workplace. On average we meet twice a week in our office in Mol. The other days you can work from home, Mol or from a VITO satellite office (Antwerp-Berchem, Genk, Ostend) depending on the needs of the activity.
  • A competitive salary with a range of benefits, including allowances, insurance and a modular package of vacation days.
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise.
  • The chance to be part of an organization with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy.
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level.