Forecast Analysts for Destination Earth (multiple vacancies)
Job reference: VN21-65
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's Copernicus component of its Space 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.
For additional details, see www.ecmwf.int.
It is foreseen that ECMWF will be a major partner in the implementation of the Destination Earth (DestinE) initiative starting later in 2021, together with ESA and EUMETSAT as partners. The objective of the European Commission DestinE initiative is to deploy several highly accurate thematic digital replicas of the Earth, called Digital Twins. The Digital Twins will help monitor and predict environmental change and human impact, in order to develop and test scenarios that would support sustainable development and corresponding European policies for the Green Deal.
DestinE will thus contribute to revolutionising the European capability to monitor and predict our changing planet, complementing exisiting national and European efforts such as those provided by the national meteorological services and the Copernicus Services. It will be run in several phases, of which the first, the implementation phase, covers the period end-2021 – mid-2024. Future phases are foreseen (subject to funding) that will operationalise the digital twins, scale-up system production and add applications and new twin options.
DestinE covers several demanding digital technology aspects required to develop, implement and operate the two high-priority digital twins on weather induced and geophysical extremes and on climate change adaptation. ECMWF will be responsible for the delivery of these digital twins, which will rely on complex Earth-system simulation models, data assimilation methods for fusing simulations and observations through inverse modelling and the integration of observations and models from sectors such as water and food management, renewable energies and socio-economic risk and disaster management.
These science components require advanced digital technology solutions to maximize the efficient computing and data handling on extreme-scale infrastructures, and to adapt and operate these infrastructures across different heterogeneous architectures within a federated framework. This federated framework includes the Core Platform and Data Lake developed, deployed and operated by ESA and EUMETSAT respectively.
The DestinE developments take forward the long-term investments of the ECMWF Member States in building a unique European prediction capability and will support the further advancement of member states services and Copernicus Services.
For more information on DestinE, see https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/destination-earth-destine and https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/what-we-do/environmental-services/destination-earth
Summary of the role
ECMWF has several exciting opportunities for analysts to join the Production Services Section to specifically help bring the developments from DestinE into a quasi-operational state during this first implementation phase.
Each of the successful candidates will be embedded within one of the existing teams in Production Services Section:
These teams work closely with colleagues from across ECMWF to bring developments and improvements from research related to DestinE into a quasi-operational state. The successful candidates will collaborate with other teams across ECMWF to demonstrate a successful weather-induced extremes digital twin implementation in the first phase of DestinE. They will also strengthen the links between Production Services Section and other parts of ECMWF and external partners in DestinE.
Note that each candidate will not have to cover all aspects of the operational chain. ECMWF will place the successful candidates in the most suitable team depending on their previous experience and will also consider their preference. Also note that these roles will be embedded in teams that provide second line operational support, including on-call.
These positions will be based in Reading, UK. However, there will be strong collaboration with staff based at all three of the ECMWF sites, also including in Bonn, Germany. Travel between these sites may be required.
Main duties and key responsibilities
Some of the main duties and responsibilities are generic to positions in all three teams including: to participate in the development and support of DestinE’s operational systems; to work with colleagues in ESA and EUMETSAT to problem solve and plan for the new ways of working within this collaboration; to communicate well with colleagues across ECMWF; ability to write documentation and use collaborative tools such as Jira; Supporting the team in other tasks related to operational production system when necessary.
Other main duties will vary depending on the team in which the successful candidates are embedded, as shown below:
Team 1: Observation Team analyst will involve:
Team 2: Integration Team analyst will involve:
Team 3: Data Archives and Dissemination Services Analyst will involve:
In their application, candidates must select one or a maximum of two of the teams (listed in the job summary above) indicating their preference. They should explain how their expertise, skills and knowledge meet their chosen team(s), considering all the job requirements outlined in the vacancy notice.
Education, experience, knowledge and skills (including language)
The successful candidates will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be Ł63,782.28 net of tax. ECMWF also offers a generous benefits package, including a flexible teleworking policy. The position is assigned to the employment category STF-PS 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: The contract duration is expected to be two years. The DestinE Contribution Agreement is likely to be divided in phases, the first of which will last approximately two years. There may be the possibility of further contract extensions in the future depending on requirements and funding availability.
Location: These positions will be located 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 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, as well as from all EU Member States:
ECMWF Member and Co-operating States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, 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.