Full Stack Web Developer for Environmental Forecasts
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN21-37
2. About ECMWF
ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. It is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975 by a group of European nations and is today supported by 34 Member and Co-operating States, mostly in Europe. The Centre’s mission is to serve and support its Member and Co-operating States and the wider community by developing and providing world-leading global numerical weather prediction. ECMWF functions as a 24/7 research and operational centre with a focus on medium and long-range predictions and holds one of the largest meteorological archives in the world. The success of its activities relies primarily on the talent of its scientists, strong partnerships with its Member and Co-operating States and the international community, some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the use of innovative technologies such as machine learning across its operations.
Over the years, ECMWF has also developed a strong partnership with the European Union, and for the past seven years has been an entrusted entity for the implementation and operation of the Climate and the Atmosphere Monitoring Services of the EU Copernicus Programme, as well as a contributor to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The collaboration does not stop there and includes other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools. It is enabling ECMWF to now provide data and products covering weather, climate, air quality, fire and flood prediction and monitoring. ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre opening in 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices, also opening in 2021 in Bonn, Germany.
For additional details, see www.ecmwf.int/.
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:
Current products include pan-European/ Global overview maps of flood probabilities up to 15 days ahead and detailed forecasts at stations where the national services are providing real-time data. They are served through intuitive and interactive web interfaces (currently one for EFAS, one for GloFAS, but anticipated to be merged in the next few years) designed to provide user experience and tools necessary for decision making. More than 70 hydrological services and civil protection services in Europe are part of the EFAS network, whilst there are more than 6000 registered GloFAS users.
Several European organisations, including ECMWF, are responsible for running the operational EFAS and GloFAS systems. In addition to providing ensemble meteorological forecasts, ECMWF:
3. Summary of the role
CEMS-Floods offers two Information Systems in the form of webservices to its users (registered and public) through dedicated web platforms (https://www.efas.eu/ and https://globalfloods.eu/) The EFAS web platform allows its partners to access hydrological and meteorological forecasts and information and its forecasters to issue flood notifications to relevant EFAS partners and daily report to the Emergency and Response Coordination Centre of the European Commission. The platform also allows non-authenticated users to browse past forecasts, while authenticated users access real time forecasts issued twice a day. The GloFAS platform enables unrestricted browsing of its products to any self-registered user.
Both websites consist of two main components:
All the components are using Docker containers technology deployed on a Kubernetes cluster.
The role of this position is to maintain and further develop the CEMS-Floods web applications (i.e., EFAS and GloFAS) with a focus on the back-end aspects, while liaising frequently with front-end developers from other teams.
The main activity will be to continue their development by implementing new functionalities as identified, and to eventually merge EFAS and GloFAS in a single platform in the medium to long term.
The Full Stack Web Developer will work within the Web Development team in close cooperation with the CEMS-Floods team as well as with other CEMS-Flood centres. The successful candidate will participate in the design of new features, bringing their experience in web design and ensure that any new developments are smoothly integrated into the ECMWF operational environment.
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 Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £62,166.00 net of tax (UK) or EUR 75,178.92 net of tax (Germany). 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: 1 January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to funding.
Length of contract: Four years with the possibility of extension, subject to continuous funding.
Location: The position will be based in either Reading, UK or Bonn, Germany
Interviews conducted by videoconference are expected to take place on 24 September 2021.
8. How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs/.
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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.
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.