Analyst – Products Team

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN16-44
Grade: A2
Job Ref. No.:STF-C/16-44
Department: Forecast
Reports to: Leader – Products Team
Closing Date: 24 January 2017

2. About ECMWF *

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.

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3. Summary of the role

This position is in the Products Team within the Production Section of the Forecast Department. The Products Team is in charge of managing ECMWF’s data products, including observations, forecast and analysis data, for the benefits of its Member and Cooperating States and the wider meteorological community.

The successful candidate will work as part of the Products Team and will contribute to the operation of ECMWF’s dissemination and archive services.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • Operating ECMWF's dissemination and archive services, ensuring appropriate levels of quality of service
  • Supporting users in accessing data through ECMWF's dissemination and archive services
  • Supporting users in storing data in ECMWF's long-term archive MARS (Meteorological Archive and Retrieval System)
  • Facilitating ECMWF's Data Governance process, in order to improve the accessibility and international exchange of ECMWF data products
  • Participating in the support for ECMWF's operational systems, including 24-hour on-call support

5. Personal attributes

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive and constructive approach
  • Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing organisational priorities and user needs
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree or equivalent is required.


  • Experience with serving large scientific data sets.
  • Experience with environmental data format standards for international exchange, such as WMO GRIB, WMO BUFR, NetCDF, including a data governance role.
  • Experience of operational weather or climate forecast production systems would be advantageous.
  • Experience in managing distributed applications and a good understanding of performance-related issues (memory, disk I/O, networking, etc.) would be advantageous.
  • Experience with configuration control tools and Quality Assurance is desirable.

Knowledge and skills

  • Advanced level of programming with scripting languages, in particular Shell or Python on Linux systems.
  • Knowledge of other programming languages such as C and C++ would be an advantage.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English. Interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be desirable.

7. Other information

Grade remuneration

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be Ł56,487 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment STF-C as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract:Four years with the possibility of a further contract.
Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at

ECMWF has an Equal Opportunities Policy and applications from all suitably qualified candidates are welcome.

Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the Member States and Co-operating States.

Staff from non-ECMWF States may be considered in exceptional cases where there is a strong need for a particular competency.

* The ECMWF Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The ECMWF Co-operating States are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

published: 21 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.