Data Analyst for GRIB mapping
1. Position information
Vacancy No.: VN21-38
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 include 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/.
3. About GRIB at ECMWF
GRIB (General Regularly-distributed Information in Binary form) is a concise data format commonly used in meteorology to store historical and forecast weather data. It is standardized by the World Meteorological Organization. GRIB is one of ECMWF’s main data formats. Currently the Centre’s operational data is produced and disseminated in a mixture of GRIB Edition 1 (GRIB1) and GRIB Edition 2 (GRIB2). There are many limitations to the use of GRIB1 and as such the Centre has made the decision to migrate away from the operational production and dissemination of GRIB1 data over the coming few years.
The migration from GRIB1 to GRIB2 production is a large task, with the main bulk of the work focusing on the mapping between the two editions; overcoming issues related to the handling of units, issues related to step ranges and mapping to new appropriate keys in GRIB2. Only once the mapping is complete, can ECMWF then start the process of implementing these changes into operations and migrating users across to GRIB2. The aim is to do this work on the timescale of the coming 2 years, with the successful candidate playing a critical role in completing this task.
4. Summary of the role
ECMWF has an exciting opening for a Data Analyst who will be responsible for the mapping of the remaining GRIB1 products to GRIB2. The aim of this two-year opportunity is to complete all the mapping to GRIB2 so that the operational migration for users will be able to take place shortly thereafter.
Due to the complexity and operational risks, this will require a very methodical and careful approach, and one of the challenges will be in mapping some of the units, so a reasonable understanding of scientific concepts and standard units related to ECMWF’s operationally produced parameters will be highly desirable.
The role will be focused on GRIB mapping, but whilst the successful candidate does not need to be a GRIB expert, some prior knowledge would be highly desirable. Previous experience of working with other scientific data formats would be a definite advantage and the candidate must demonstrate a proven ability and willingness to learn new concepts and skills.
The role will also require an individual that can work autonomously, but they will also pro-actively direct any questions to relevant subject matter experts as required. There will much interaction with the rest of the Data Archives and Dissemination Services (DADS) team and key members of staff in Development Section, as well as with other staff working across the other ECMWF duty stations in Bonn and Bologna, so a willingness to work collaboratively is essential.
The successful candidate will be a member of the Data Archives and Dissemination Services Team, within the Production Service Section, based in Reading. This team is responsible for the archiving of operational and research data into the MARS archive and Fields DataBase (FDB) and the generation and dissemination of ECMWF’s products. The team works closely with colleagues from across the whole organisation, particularly when working on Data Governance issues and working on data format related issues, such as those related to GRIB.
5. Main duties and key responsibilities
The main duties and responsibilities will include:
6. Personal Attributes
7. Qualifications and experience required
Knowledge and skills (including language)
8. 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 Ł62,166.00 net of tax. ECMWF also offers a generous benefits package. 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: Two years.
Location: This position will be based in Reading, UK.
Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.
9. 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.