R&D Engineer Atmosphere

Job description

As R&D Engineer Atmosphere you contribute to the Flemish, European and international air quality policy:

  • You develop databases and emission models that describe the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere.
  • You develop and configure models that simulate and predict the presence and distribution of pollutants in the atmosphere.
  • These models are used to support the environmental policy of Flemish and foreign governments.
  • Besides the development and configuration of the models, you are responsible for the analysis of the model results and reporting to the customer or end user. Processing and visualization of data is an important aspect.
  • Within projects you always work together with fellow researchers and IT professionals, you report on the results and you publish in scientific journals.

Job requirements

  • Master or Engineer in exact or applied sciences. You preferably followed an (additional) environmental education.
  • You are good at manipulating large data sets and you have a good knowledge of Python, Matlab, R or a similar software package. You automate as many operations as possible via scripting.
  • You have experience with visualization of spatial data. Experience with GIS software is definitely a plus.
  • You are meticulous, you work in a structured way and you strive to deliver quality. You can document your work and independently report results to customers.
  • You are customer-oriented and work solution-oriented.
  • Research experience with physico-mathematical models, or more specifically emission modeling or atmospheric models, is a plus.


  • The unit Environmental Modelling 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, Ghent, 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