Senior Scientist – Earth Observations

Deadline: 31.03.2023

Climate and Environmental Research Institute

At NILU, our greatest strength is our outstanding employees. They contribute to NILU’s leading position both nationally and internationally – and to a pleasant working environment.

We do research from pole to pole – from Zeppelin in Svalbard to Trollhaugen in Antarctica. Our research helps increase knowledge about climate change, the composition of the atmosphere, air quality, sustainable transitions and environmental toxins – as well as how all these factors affect health and the environment. Every year, NILU performs hundreds of research commissions, large and small, for public and private customers, in Norway and internationally.

NILU is an independent research foundation with no owners who collect dividends. Instead, all profits are reinvested in operating and developing research services that benefit society. We place great emphasis on open research, open publishing, and open source code – because knowledge is meant to be shared.

At NILU, all employees are equal, regardless of gender, age, disability, creed/philosophy of life, language, cultural differences and sexual orientation. We respect and value individual characteristics, and do not accept any form of discrimination.

About the position

The Climate and Environmental Research Institute NILU is seeking an experienced scientist who wants to shape the future of Earth Observations research at NILU. As a remote sensing expert, you will be joining the Atmosphere and Climate Research (ATMOS) department.

ATMOS' research focuses on regional and global scale observations of atmospheric composition and the use of these observations in combination with models to understand the processes that drive temporal and spatial variability and trends affecting climate, ecosystems, hazards, and health. The Earth Observations research focus on aerosols (e.g., biomass burning, dust, volcanic ash) and trace gases (e.g., greenhouse gases, ozone/UV and reactive gases).

NILU in engaged in Cal/Val activities related to Sentinel-5, EarthCARE. Furthermore, ATMOS leads the development of the ESA Atmospheric Validation Data Center (EVDC). Our major clients are the European Space Agency (ESA), the Norwegian Space Agency, EU/Copernicus, Norwegian Research Council, European Environmental Agency (EEA) and the Norwegian Civil Aviation Agency.

We expect the successful candidate to contribute to strengthen our research capabilities and the ATMOS project portfolio. The candidate will engage in ongoing remote sensing projects as well as target new projects from competitive funding opportunities.

Duties of the position

  • Develop a strong research portfolio.
  • Participate and take lead in ongoing EO projects.
  • Writing scientific publications and technical reports.
  • Acquisition of projects related to ongoing and future EO missions.
  • Liaison with collaborators in Norwegian, European, and global researchers, networks and frameworks, and funding agencies.
  • Contribute to position NILU in the Atmospheric Earth Observations and Cal/Val community.


We are looking for an experienced and motivated candidate with a strong background in remote sensing. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as being a team player working in an international team with a multi-disciplinary set of backgrounds, where sharing of resources and work is important.

The right candidate has:

  • Higher university degree in atmospheric remote sensing, meteorology, or equivalent
  • 4+ years working experience in atmospheric research
  • A deep understanding of remote sensing
  • Experience with development of retrieval algorithms and processing of satellite data
  • Knowledge in radiative transfer modelling
  • Experience with Calibration and Validation (Cal/Val)
  • Good scientific writing skills
  • Project acquisition skills
  • Knowledge of programming

We offer

At NILU, we work for our common future. Our research contributes to the fight against climate change and to secure a healthy environment and a sustainably society. This means that work is more than just work: what we do each day makes a difference.

We offer flexible working hours, work-from-home agreements, subsidised fitness training, and excellent pension and insurance schemes. Salary is competitive. The position is permanent.

During a working day at NILU, you will encounter:

  • An international and interdisciplinary environment with pleasant colleagues from all over the world
  • Great creativity and generous sharing of knowledge
  • Broad experience and excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners

Most of our approximately 170 employees work at the main office in Kjeller, a short train ride from Oslo. We also have an office in Tromsø just a few minutes walk from the town centre.

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