Scientist – EuroEXA Project
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN17-08
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. This data is fully available to the national meteorological services in the Member States. The Centre also offers a catalogue of forecast data that can be purchased by businesses worldwide and other commercial customers. The supercomputer facility (and associated data archive) at ECMWF is one of the largest of its type in Europe and Member States can use 25% of its capacity for their own purposes.
For details, see www.ecmwf.int/.
ECMWF uses its high-performance computing (HPC) facility to produce a time-critical twice-daily global numerical weather forecast. The operational forecasting system and research & development are currently run on two Cray XC-40 clusters totalling over 250,000 Intel Broadwell compute cores each. Given the expected need for increasing the Earth system model resolution and complexity, enhanced parallelism in work flows and computer code are required, as may be the exploitation of emerging hardware architectures such as low-power multicore CPUs combined with FPGAs.
3. Summary of the role
In 2014, ECMWF embarked on a ten-year research programme on HPC Scalability. This programme is funded partly by ECMWF’s Member States and aims to achieve exascale numerical weather prediction capability by 2025.
As part of the Scalability Programme, ECMWF is engaged in partnerships with its Member State organisations, HPC centres and vendors to prepare for the exascale challenge, in terms of both computing and data handling. The EuroEXA project is funded by the European Commission under its FETHPC-2016 programme. EuroEXA aims to install a world-class ARM-based HPC platform, on which the computational study of exascale problems from climate, energy and life sciences domains will be showcased.
For this project, ECMWF is opening a post to optimise performance of the ECMWF weather forecasting model on ARM CPUs and to investigate the use of FPGAs for specific aspects of this model.
4. Main duties and key responsibilities
The successful candidate will perform scientific and technical research and development in the following areas, and document work according to the requirements of the EuroEXA project:
5. Personal attributes
6. Qualifications and experience required
Knowledge and skills
7. Other information
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 Ł56,487net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the Staff Regulations.
Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/jobs-ecmwf, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: As soon as possible
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/jobs-ecmwf.
ECMWF has an Equal Opportunities Policy and applications from all suitably qualified candidates are welcome.
Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the following Member States and Co-operating States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Staff from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases