Senior Scientist/Senior Technical Officer - Evaluation and Quality Control of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN18-18
Grade: A3
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/18-18
Department: Copernicus Services
Section: C3S
Reports to: Head of C3S
Closing Date: 30 May 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 been entrusted to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until the end of 2020. Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.

3. Summary of the role

ECMWF is recruiting a Senior Scientist/Senior Technical Officer in the Copernicus Services Department to support the Evaluation and Quality Control (EQC) function of the C3S. This function is responsible of mapping evolving user needs into viable service requirements, assessing technical and scientific quality and fitness for purpose of the C3S service and its products, and identifying gaps and research needed to improve the service. It comprises a variety of projects and activities addressing all elements of the service, i.e. the Climate Data Store and its contents, the Sectoral Information System, and Outreach and Dissemination. These projects and activities are mostly carried out by consortia of subcontracted entities engaged by ECMWF via competitive procurement.

The Senior Scientist/Senior Technical Officer will be responsible for the effective implementation of the C3S EQC function, including the scientific coordination and technical management of the related EQC procurement contracts. He or she will promote the projects within the C3S and ensure that EQC outcomes are effectively communicated to stakeholders, including the European Commission.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Formulating objectives for EQC operational activities
  • Managing and leading the EQC contracts, from preparation of tenders and contract negotiation to successful and timely final delivery
  • Monitoring and driving EQC subcontracted consortia to ensure successful and timely delivery of the required outcomes, including scientific and technical assessment of all C3S products: ECVs, reanalyses, seasonal forecasts, climate projections, as well as the technical quality of the service provision and overall performance
  • Ensuring that EQC contracts outputs are scientifically sound, relevant, consistent, complete and timely, and directly respond to user needs
  • Ensuring that all C3S products are fit for purpose, and that users are provided with the product quality information relevant and suitable to their needs
  • Interacting with other members of the C3S team to ensure that relevant outcomes of the EQC activities are properly addressed by the product and/or service providers
  • Assessing and communicating EQC outcomes with implications for C3S requirements
  • Assisting the C3S management team with planning and reporting

5. Personal attributes

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong interest in climate science and user-driven climate services
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent attention to detail

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • Advanced Degree in atmospheric science or other relevant subject


  • Strong scientific experience and background with a broad understanding of climate science and climate services.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of working with international projects.
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Clear understanding of the role of Earth observations in climate services development.
  • 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 A3 grade, according to the scales of the Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £71,861.52 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: Until 31 of December 2020.
Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

Interviews for this position will take place in Reading, Berkshire on 28th and 29th June 2018.

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: 10 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.