R&D Expert Ecosystems @VITO Belgium

Job description

As an R&D expert biophysical modelling for ecosystem accounting you will be part of a new but very ambitious Natural Capital Accounting team with outstanding scientists. You will contribute to challenging projects for initially governments, and at a later stage also companies.

  • Developing ecosystem accounting toolboxes through combining remote sensing data with statistical datasets;
  • Implementing toolboxes in linux and python to run at continental scale;
  • Leading an Natural Capital Accounting project or subproject in collaboration with the NCA coordinator;
  • Support writing of new project proposals;
  • Writing of scientific publications.

Job requirements

  • Minimum of university degree or post-graduate (M.Sc.) with experience in Environmental Science, Biological Sciences or related discipline of relevance to ecosystem services and Natural Capital Accounting
  • At least five years of professional experience with minimal three years' experience in managing projects or leading work packages
  • A strong background in computational modelling along with working knowledge of GIS, remote sensing, biodiversity or hydrology
  • Knowledge of Python and Linux is a must, knowledge of monetary ecosystem asset is a surplus
  • High developed geospatial statistical and analytical skills are essential
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent liaison and coordination skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills including an ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of English is must, Spanish or French is a surplus


  • Optimal homeworking for non-workplace functions during COVID19.
  • The unit Remote Sensing is located in Mol. Part-time working from home or working from a satellite office in Antwerp-Berchem, Ghent, Genk or Ostend is possible.
  • A competitive salary with a range of benefits, including allowances, insurance and a modular package of vacation days.
  • Flexible working hours and workplace
  • 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

For more information about VITO and to apply: https://jobs.vito.be/o/rd-expert-ecosystems

posted: 26 June 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.