Scientist to work on km-scale coupled ocean modelling
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN21-08
2. About ECMWF
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Over the years, ECMWF’s partnership with the European Union has grown, and in 2014 ECMWF became an entrusted entity to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until mid-2021 and ECMWF is preparing plans for the next phase of the Copernicus Programme for the period 2021-2027.
ECMWF currently operates from its headquarters, located in Reading, UK, and its data centre located in Bologna, Italy. Over the course of 2021, ECMWF will be opening additional new premises in Bonn, Germany.
3. Summary of the role
ECMWF has an exciting opportunity for a Scientist to work on the H2020 NextGEMS project. The role of this position is to further develop the representation of the ocean in ECMWF’s Integrated Forecasting System (IFS) as part of NextGEMS.
NextGEMS aims to develop a new generation of global coupled Storm-Resolving Earth System Models (SR-ESMs), exploring kilometre-scale simulations (2-4 km both in the atmosphere and the ocean) with an explicit representation of essential Earth system processes, such as ocean mesoscale eddies and atmospheric deep convection. The NextGEMS project focuses its development around two European SR-ESMs, ICON coupled to ICON ocean and IFS coupled to both NEMO and FESOM-2.
The position sits in the Earth System Modelling Section of the Research Department. As member of the Numerical Methods team, there will be a lot of collaboration with both the Coupled Processes and Physical Processes Team members, so strong communication and interpersonal skills will be key in this role.
The successful candidate will develop an improved and flexible coupling between the atmosphere and the ocean that enables the coupling of IFS to two different ocean models, NEMO and FESOM-2, to initialise and conduct coupled simulations at 2-4km resolution (of the atmosphere and ocean), to improve efficiency and scalability of selected coupled configurations and explore different grid and configuration options for the ocean models.
The Scientist will help to identify model errors of IFS coupled to the two ocean models, through targeted diagnostics and numerical experimentation, in close collaboration with teams across ECMWF and the NextGEMS partners. They will also contribute to the communication and dissemination of these results to an extensive range of stakeholders.
Whilst this position will be based in Bonn, Germany, there will be a lot of collaboration with staff based at the HQ in Reading, United Kingdom so it is anticipated that visits to the HQ in Reading will be required.
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 EUR 75,178.92 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 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: Three years, with possibility of a further contract. This is subject to the signing of the grant agreement, expected on 1 April 2021.
Location:The position will be based at ECMWF’s duty station in Bonn, Germany, which is currently expected to open in the second half of 2021.
Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.
Videoconference interviews (via BlueJeans) are expected to take place in early May 2021.
8. How to apply
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Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, listed below:
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