Production Analyst – environmental applications forecasts

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN18-15
Grade: A2
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/18-15
Department: Forecast
Section: Production
Reports to: Integration Team Leader
Closing Date: 26 April 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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ECMWF has long recognised the value of high-quality forecasts in mitigating the effects of natural disasters.

Recognising that floods and fire are among the costliest natural disasters in Europe, the European Commission at its Joint Research Centre (JRC) instigated the development of the early warning systems for both fire and flood. The first system developed and part of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) since 2011 is the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS), operational since 2012, and its global counterpart, the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) expected to become operational early spring 2018. Recently, the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) has also emerged, expected to become operational in summer 2018. ECMWF is the computation centre for both the flood and fire Copernicus Emergency Management Service, acting at the heart of model calculations and modelling products generation for flood and fire forecast.

3. Summary of the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to work at the forefront of fire and flood forecasting.

The focus of the position will be the development and maintenance of technical infrastructures needed for the development/testing and production phases of issuing environmental forecasts, currently related to floods and fire, but this could expand into other natural hazards in the future. The current set-up for the flood application relies on two parallel suites being deployed, one as testing environment when new developments are made, the other for the operationalisation and production of forecasts. A similar set-up is in place for the fire forecast application.

This role calls for an analyst with a strong background in an operational environment. It requires someone with strong technical skills and problem solving capabilities able to adapt to changing priorities as provided by an evolving system.

The post-holder will play a key role in the transition of scientific development into operational production. This will require close engagement will both scientists and operators to understand the workflow associated with the forecast production and offer technical solutions related to code refactoring, job scheduling, parallelisation, time efficiency and modularity. The role will involve development and maintenance of state-of-the art suites with the ECMWF operational infrastructure, including documentation, training and operational support to the flood and fire forecast systems.

This position is assigned to the Integration Team in the Production Section of the Forecast Department and he or she will report to the Environmental forecast team leader and the fire forecast principal scientist on all specific activities related to the development of EFAS and EFFIS operational platforms.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Contributing to the development of operational systems for environmental forecast applications, taking into consideration user requirements and operational constraints
  • Ensuring all developments are compatible with operations and have appropriate levels of optimisation and reliability
  • Monitoring the progress and performance of the suites and solving problems as they arise, using operational tools, procedures and internal expertise; this can include on-call support out of office hours
  • Supporting the team in other tasks related to the operational production systems
  • Contributing to documentation and training of users of the test and production suites for the environmental forecast applications

5. Personal attributes

  • Ability to communicate with and understand the complex requirements of scientists, engineers and professional staff
  • 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


  • University degree in computer science or in an equivalent discipline.


  • Experience dealing with complex computational systems in an operational environment an advantage.
  • Extensive experience of UNIX and/or Linux environment.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Advanced knowledge of programming with scripting languages, such as Shell or Python on UNIX systems.
  • Some knowledge of meteorology would be desirable.
  • 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.

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: Three years.
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

At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensure a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.

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: 22 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.