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The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) is looking for a scientific collaborator (m/f/x) for a contract of determined duration starting at December 1, 2021


You will work in the Operational Directorate Natural Environment of the RBINS on the project ‘Monitoring of sediment plumes around offshore wind turbines’. The main goal of the project is to measure and quantify ocean parameters, that can help understanding their origin, dispersion and deposition of material around offshore wind turbines. The project is part of the legal obligations to monitor the ecological effects of offshore wind farms and will be executed in cooperation with other monitoring programs and activities and in cooperation with the project OUTFLOW, to arrive to a coherent and integrated monitoring strategy.

You will work on the RBINS, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, but will be working regurarly at the Measuring Service in Ostend (3de en 23ste Linieregimentsplein). You are willing to board on the research vessel Belgica several times a year, and are willing to go abroad for scientific workshops and conferences.


You will be responsible for:

  • setting up the measuring strategy to measure the extent, the frequency and the origin of the sediment plumes to assess the ecological changes on the sea bottom near the wind turbines;
  • execution of the measuring campaigns at sea;
  • analysis of the obtained data;
  • delivery of the quality controled data to the Belgian Marine Data Centre;
  • use of results of numerical models and other measurements (including tides, waves, wind) to interprete the data;
  • publication of the results in scientific reports and in journal papers.

These tasks will be executed in close collaboration with collegues from the RBINS.


Masters in science or engineering

Technical competence

  • knowledge of physical oceanography
  • knowledge of at least one programming language (Matlab, R, Python or Fortran) to be able to execute statistical and time series analysis of the data  
  • be able to synthesise the results in reports and scientific publications

Generic competence

  • be able to work independently and in team


  • knowledge of Dutch, French and English
  • experience with marine measurements
  • experience with sediment transport
  • experience with optical and acoustic instruments for measurements of water column and sea bottom sediment transport
  • experience with statistics

We offer

  • contract of determined duration of 3 years
  • duration and percentage will be decided together with the candidate
  • salary according the legal scale of an assistent (SW1)
  • free public transport to the Institute
  • possibility for bicycle allowance

How to apply

Send your motivation letter and your CV before October 10, 2021 to:

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Operational Directorate Natural Environment

Attn: Dries Van den Eynde

Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels

The selected candidates will be invited by email for an interview.

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