Scientist - Data Assimilation and Integration
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN20-20
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 and is preparing plans for the follow-up Copernicus Programme activities (2021-2027). Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The Copernicus programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and provides reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications. Based on the exploitation of space based and in situ observations and models, Copernicus provides information services for land, marine, atmospheric and climate monitoring, as well as emergency management and security. For details, see www.copernicus.eu/.
The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) service provides consistent and quality-controlled information related to air pollution and health, solar energy, greenhouse gases and climate forcing, everywhere in the world. For details, see www.atmosphere.copernicus.eu/
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) service provides authoritative information about the past, present and future climate, as well as tools to enable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by policy makers and businesses. For details, see www.climate.copernicus.eu/
3. Summary of the role
As part of the Copernicus programme, ECMWF is leading the development and implementation of an exciting new Earth monitoring service to monitor anthropogenic emissions of CO2, CH4 and various air pollutants. Converting satellite observations of atmospheric concentrations into emission estimates requires the development and implementation of novel hybrid-4D-Var data assimilation techniques to extend the capabilities of the current ECMWF data assimilation systems.
The role will support the development and testing of these new capabilities and carry out the technical efforts towards their seamless implementation in the ECMWF data assimilation system aligned with the broader development of the OOPS (Object-Oriented Prediction System) framework. OOPS is a unified, easy-to-use framework for running different variational data assimilation formulations with a variety of forecast models and is replacing the control layer of data assimilation code that has supported ECMWF for the past 20 years. The new emission monitoring capabilities will include parameter and flux estimation for anthropogenic emissions of atmospheric species including CO2. The Scientist will work in a small team but also collaborate with other ECMWF teams.
The position is in the Earth System Assimilation Section of the Research Department. The Scientist will work in the Data Assimilation Methodology team and will be co-managed by the CAMS Development Section in the Copernicus Department.
The position is funded by the H2020 “Prototype system for a Copernicus CO2 service” project (CoCO2), which is coordinated by ECMWF and supports the European Commission with building the prototype system of a future Copernicus CO2 anthropogenic emissions monitoring system.
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 up to £60,590.64 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PLas 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: 1st January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Length of contract: Until 31 December 2023.
Location:The role will initially be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom. However, ECMWF is currently in the process of selecting a location for a new duty station. Relocation to another ECMWF duty station in another country within the European Union may be required during the period of the contract.
Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions
Videoconference interviews (via Blue Jeans) are expected to take place on 10th December 2020.
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
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Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, listed below:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.