Senior Scientist - OpenIFS
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.
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Summary of the role
The OpenIFS project is a core activity at ECMWF to provide and support versions of the ECMWF Integrated Forecast System (IFS) for external users, for both research and education. OpenIFS started in 2011 and now has over 100 licensed institutions internationally. The aims of the project are to make it possible for the scientific community to use the IFS in their own institutes, to foster a user community around the IFS, to facilitate research and training in NWP, and to widen the use of IFS, thus bringing benefits to the community, ECMWF and its Member States, and enhancing research collaborations with ECMWF. Where possible we aim to improve the IFS directly, through research and development enabled using OpenIFS in external research groups. Two permanent full-time roles are dedicated to OpenIFS, of which this is the senior role. The post-holder will have a significant part in developing the OpenIFS strategy, and be responsible for managing the project day-to-day.
The role is in the IFS Section of the Research Department (RD) at ECMWF. The IFS Section oversees the development of the IFS and the handover of IFS releases to operations, as well as for providing OpenIFS. The role will require significant engagement with IFS Section team members and other IFS developers, ECMWF research scientists, and colleagues throughout ECMWF. Connecting with external stakeholders and users of OpenIFS is a significant part of the role, to understand their needs and support their work with OpenIFS. The successful candidate will be expected to be proactive in cooperating with external users to foster good working relations, particularly in areas of interest to ECMWF; and to contribute to the scientific and technical development of IFS through OpenIFS-enabled external research and development. Developing training (through the use of OpenIFS) to internal and external users is a key activity, and engaging with our training and outreach staff, and designing and delivering training activities, are therefore key parts of the role.
Main duties and key responsibilities
Education, experience, knowledge and skills (including language)
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: Four years with the possibility of a further contract.
Location: The position will be based at ECMWF's headquarters in Reading, UK.
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.
Interviews by videoconference (Via Teams) are expected to take place in early February 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, 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.