Scientist - Model Uncertainty
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN18-26
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.
For details, see www.ecmwf.int/.
3. Summary of the role
The position is in the Earth System Modelling Section of the Research Department. The Scientist will work in the Model Uncertainty Team, in close collaboration with the Atmospheric Physics Team. The aim is to develop diagnostics of the statistics of perturbed tendencies generated by model uncertainty representations in ECMWF's IFS model.
She or he will develop new software for computing and visualising the mean, variance and other statistics of model tendencies from ensemble forecasts, which are perturbed with stochastic representations of model uncertainties. This will enable detection and quantification of biases introduced in the tendencies through the perturbation methodology. Moreover, the successful candidate will diagnose whether differences in ensemble forecasts between single precision and double precision versions of the model are caused by the representation of model uncertainties.
Through this work, she or he will actively contribute to the development of improved configurations of stochastic model uncertainty representations available in the IFS model.
4. Main duties and key responsibilities
5. Personal attributes
6. Qualifications and experience required
Knowledge and skills (including language)
7. Other information
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-SP as defined in the Staff Regulations.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Interviews will take place in Reading, Berkshire between 21st and 31st August 2018.
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
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