Senior Scientific Officer - in-situ observations for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
Job reference: VN21-50
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 that enable ECMWF to extend its provision of 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 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices in Bonn, Germany.
Copernicus is the earth observation component of the European Union (EU) space programme. Based on the exploitation of spaced based and in situ (earth-based) observations and scientific models, Copernicus provides information services for land, marine, atmospheric and climate monitoring, as well as emergency management and security. These services, and their free, open and quality assured data and tools, support a range of environmental and security applications across sectors and policy domains.
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 https://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 https://climate.copernicus.eu
Summary of the role
ECMWF is recruiting a Senior Scientific Officer for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) in the ECMWF Copernicus Department for an initial period of four years to oversee the work on historical in-situ observations. He or she will report to the C3S Reanalysis Team Leader. Such observations play an important role at C3S and form a critical component of the global climate observing system prior to the satellite era.
C3S collects in-situ observations and provides free public access via the C3S Climate Data Store (CDS). Such activities are mainly delivered by external contracts. However, historical in-situ observations are ingested in C3S reanalyses (ERA5 and ERA6 in the future) that describe the recent evolution of the Earth’s climate system. This activity takes place primarily at ECMWF.
The successful candidate will engage in both activities. They will oversee the scientific and technical part of the C3S in-situ contracts and, together with experts of the CDS Team, ensure that in-situ data sets are published and maintained in the CDS catalogue. They will also play an active role in the C3S Reanalysis Team. The main duty of that activity embraces the preparation, ingestion and quality control of historical in-situ observations and the optimization of their impact in (future) C3S reanalysis. They will also engage closely with the C3S Climate Intelligence Team. Other tasks include a contribution to routine monitoring of reanalysis production, contributing to reporting activities and representing C3S at relevant events and forums.
Main duties and key responsibilities
Education, experience, knowledge and skills (including language)
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A3 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be EUR 92,770.32 net of tax. ECMWF also offers a generous benefits package, including a flexible teleworking policy. The position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the ECMWF Staff Regulations. Full details of salary scales and allowances available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs, including the ECMWF Staff Regulations and the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: Four years, subject to the continued availability of funds. There would also be the possibility of further contract extension.
Location: The position will be based at ECMWF's duty station in Bonn, Germany.
As a multi-site organisation, ECMWF has adopted a hybrid organisation model which allows flexibility to staff to mix office working and teleworking.
Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.
Videoconference interviews (via Microsoft Teams) are expected to take place week commencing 17th January 2022.
Who can apply
Applicants are invited to complete the online application form by clicking on the apply button below.
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 and all EU 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.