Scientist to work on cloud and precipitation retrievals from the EarthCARE satellite
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN19-25
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/.
EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer) is a joint European/Japanese satellite due for launch in 2021 carrying a Doppler cloud radar, high spectral resolution lidar, multi-spectral imager and broad-band radiometer. EarthCARE offers significant opportunities for evaluation of cloud, precipitation and aerosol processes in the ECMWF model, and EarthCARE data are planned to be assimilated into the model in real-time after launch. ECMWF is a major partner in the DORSY project (Doppler Radar and Synergy Products for EarthCARE) funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), which also involves McGill University in Canada (the prime contractor) and the LATMOS laboratory in France. ECMWF’s role in the first three years of DORSY has been to develop the synergy algorithm “CAPTIVATE” (Cloud, Aerosol and Precipitation from mulTiple Instruments using a VAriational TEchnique) that will be used by ESA after launch to provide operational products by combining EarthCARE’s radar, lidar and imager.
3. Summary of the role
This position is in the Earth System Modelling Section of the Research Department and the successful candidate will work in the Physical Processes Team. The successful candidate will be funded through the second phase of DORSY to further develop the CAPTIVATE algorithm, evaluate it using available airborne and satellite data, and prepare its integration into EarthCARE’s Ground Segment. The outputs obtained by applying CAPTIVATE to A-Train satellite data will be used to evaluate the quality of cloud and precipitation forecasts performed with ECMWF’s Integrated Forecasting System (IFS).
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 Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £59,228.40 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PS as defined in the Staff Regulations.
Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: 14 to 16 months, subject to funding and final contractual agreement with ESA.
Location: The role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Interviews for this position will take place in Reading, Berkshire, week commencing 17 June 2019.
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
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