Analyst – Data Services

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN18-07
Grade: A1/A2
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/18-07
Department: Forecast
Section: User Support
Reports to: Data Services Team Leader
Closing Date: 26 March 2018

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 post sits in the Data Services Team, which is part of the User Support Section in the Forecast Department at ECMWF.

The Data Services Team is responsible for managing the relationships with customers of weather prediction data. This includes activities related to sales, contract management, systems configuration, data delivery and customer support.

The customers are commercial enterprises, research organisations and national weather services worldwide. They have access to an extensive catalogue of data in real time: (

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Processing enquiries and requests concerning weather forecast data
  • Delivering data to customers
  • Providing technical support to customers and investigate data quality and data transmission issues in collaboration with scientific and technical analysts
  • Maintaining Data Services databases
  • Preparing documents and reports for management
  • Participate in application development projects by providing user requirements, feedback and by testing solutions

5. Personal attributes

  • Ability to communicate with and understand the complex requirements of scientists, engineers and professional staff
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills, listening to and respecting the views
  • of others
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive approach
  • An interest in identifying, investigating and resolving technical problems
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing organisational priorities and user needs
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a small team
  • Committed to helping users in their work

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree or equivalent in sciences, preferably earth sciences.


  • Some experience of UNIX and/or Linux environment.
  • Some knowledge of basic programming principles.
  • Some knowledge of meteorology would be desirable.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage.

7. Other information

Grade remuneration

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £58,238.40 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Candidates that may require further development to bring them up to meet the full requirements of the position, could be offered the position at the A1 grade, with an annual salary of £45,579.12 net of tax. This will be at the discretion of the organisation.

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: To 31 December 2020.
Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

Interviews for this position are expected to take place in Reading, Berkshire week commencing 23 April 2018.

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 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

published: 21 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.