Graduate Environmental Data Analyst - Copernicus Emergency Management Service
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN19-42
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/.
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.
ECMWF has long recognised the value of high-quality forecasts in mitigating the effects of natural disasters. Recognising that floods are among the costliest natural disasters in Europe, the European Commission instigated the development of the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) at its Joint Research Centre (JRC). Development and testing were carried out in close collaboration with national hydrological and meteorological services, European civil protection agencies (through the Emergency Response and Coordination Centre (ERCC)), and other research institutes. Since 2011, EFAS has been part of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service - Early warning for floods (CEMS-Floods) and it became fully operational in 2012, with ECMWF being the computational centre responsible for the production of its forecast and their dissemination through its own web service.
Alongside this, ECMWF co-operates with the JRC in the provision of the operational Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), a scaled-up version of EFAS covering the global domain as a Copernicus EMS operational service since 2018. In addition, ECMWF is also part of the Aristotle-ENHP project, providing briefs to the Emergency Coordination Response Centre of the European Commission on possible upcoming floods in Europe and the world.
EFAS and GloFAS help to protect citizens, the environment, property and cultural heritage when major floods occur by providing:
More than 70 hydrological services and civil protection services in Europe are part of the EFAS network, whilst there are more than 4000 registered GloFAS users.
3. Summary of the role
This position is a data handling support role in the Climate Data Store Team within the Copernicus Production Section of the Forecast Department. The team is responsible for the development of workflows and tools to integrate climate and environmental data (reanalysis and forecasts) within the Copernicus Climate Change Service C3S ‘Climate Data Store’ (CDS) infrastructure (https://cds.climate.copernicus.eu).
The CDS is the cornerstone of the C3S infrastructure. It contributes to the provision of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), climate reanalyses, projections and indicators at temporal and spatial scales relevant to adaptation and mitigation strategies for various sectoral and societal benefit areas. The infrastructure progressively supports the provision of CAMS and CEMS datasets.
Along with the data, the CDS aims to include a set of tools for analysing its datasets. Users of the CDS can access these tools to develop their own applications online. The CDS has been designed to support a wide range of users with different needs, by facilitating the processing of large data volumes as well as the creation of simple visualisations based on multiple data sources.
Current CEMS-Floods products include pan-European/ Global overview maps of flood probabilities for short range (from several hours to 5 days ahead), medium range (up to 10 days ahead for EFAS, up to 30 days ahead for GloFAS) and seasonal range (up to 12 weeks ahead) and detailed forecasts at stations where the national services are providing real-time data. Some of the key CEMS-Floods products are now available through the CDS, facilitating uptake of the forecasts by a wide range of actors from the water sector to develop downstream applications.
The role of the Graduate Environmental Data Analyst is to develop software applications and workflows that help handling observed and forecasted environmental data and forecast products, including code to be integrated in the CEMS-CDS Toolbox. It will provide hands-on experience with hydro-climate data and tools using a cutting-edge technical infrastructure, and an opportunity to work with colleagues in a science driven, highly reputable international organisation.
The successful candidate will report to the CDS Manager and will work closely with the members of the CDS team to manage the catalogue of datasets served through the CDS, and with the Environmental Forecast Team responsible for CEMS-Floods data to integrate their data products into the CDS catalogue. The successful candidate will also work closely with CEMS data providers, as well as ECMWF scientists and other staff. She/he will become responsible for the handling of CEMS datasets, to ensure and maintain a high-quality data service to the end-users.
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 A1 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £46,353.96. 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: Until the 31 August 2021, with the possibility of further contract subject to funding.
Location: The role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Interviews for this position will take place in Reading, Berkshire on 16-17 December 2019.
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring 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.
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Staff from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases