Analyst - Aeolus DAMI service

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN18-31
Grade: A2
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/18-31
Department: Forecast
Section: Production
Reports to: Observations Team Leader
Closing Date: 27 September 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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Aeolus is a European Space Agency (ESA) Earth Explorer mission, which was successfully launched on 22 August 2018 as part of the Living Planet Programme. This mission will demonstrate the capability of a space borne Doppler wind lidar to make accurate, globally-distributed measurements of wind vertical profiles in the troposphere and lower stratosphere (near surface to 30 km).

ECMWF has been entrusted to operate the Aeolus Dedicated Data Processing and Data Delivery (DAMI) Services on behalf of the European Space Agency. The Level-2 Meteorological Processing Facility (L2/Met PF) will be hosted and operated at ECMWF to deliver operational processing of Level-2B/C wind and auxiliary meteorological data products during the mission’s lifetime

3. Summary of the role

This post sits in the Observations Team, in the Production Section of the Forecast Department. The role will also be part of the multidisciplinary team delivering the DAMI services responsible for leveraging the ECMWF operational systems and infrastructures.

The Analyst will work on the acquisition, processing and dissemination of Aeolus observations and products, using tools and procedures consistent with ECMWF’s operational environment.

During the service start-up, i.e. within the first six months after satellite launch, it is expected that she or he will work in collaboration with other DAMI team members mainly on the technical consolidation of the L2/Met PF infrastructure, contributing to the finalisation of automatic alerting and reporting tools and to the tuning of acquisition, processing and monitoring facilities.

During the service operational phase, she or he will also provide support to L2/Met PF infrastructure maintenance activities, which will involve the development, testing, validation and integration through to deployment. The successful candidate will also be required to make contributions to the operational progress reports, as well as participating in progress meetings and service reviews, to coordinate DAMI problem tracking and incident management processes.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Providing administration and maintenance of L2/Met PF infrastructure including anomaly tracking, incident management and development of monitoring tools
  • Providing service operational reporting and generation of technical documentation
  • Liaising with ESA and other service providers contributing to Aeolus Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS)
  • Supporting the team in other tasks related to the operational production systems, including on-call support when necessary

5. Personal attributes

  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team and a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive approach

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree in computer science or a related subject, or equivalent is required.


  • Experience of working with scientific datasets in an operational or scientific context. A good knowledge of remote sensing/meteorological observations and
  • data formats (BUFR, EEF) would be an advantage.
  • Programming experience with modern scripting languages, such as Python, in a UNIX computing environment with software versioning systems is required.
  • Experience in problem/incident management and software acceptance and validation activities.
  • Experience of working in an operational environment would be an advantage.

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.

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 (subject to available funding).

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: 30 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.