Climate Product Expert

VN 17/48

Can you apply your knowledge of radiative transfer models to lead specific scientific developments for the generation and validation of climate data records, focusing on the processing of Level 1 (physical data) to Level 2 (geophysical products)?

EUMETSAT is the European operational satellite agency for monitoring weather, climate and the environment, pulling together the resources of 30 Member States. We observe the atmosphere and ocean and land surfaces from Space using a system of satellites, 365 days a year, offering images and data to provide insights into weather situations, environmental hazards and climate change. Our work helps users worldwide to monitor changes in these to protect lives, lifestyles and properties. Developing the next generation of satellites, we look to shape our future.

We are recruiting for a Product Expert to work within the Climate Services Division, focusing on the processing of Level 1 data to produce Level 2 products. This person will lead specific scientific developments for the generation and validation of climate data records. Specific contributions will be to the assessment of algorithms for the extraction of atmospheric and oceanic variables, and the validation of the produced thematic climate data records in cooperation with the climate community including the estimation of uncertainties. To be successful in this role you will need to contribute to the quality evaluation of the produced climate data records including the development of the appropriate diagnostic tools such as automatic comparisons to models, and variability and trend estimators etc.

We expect the Climate Product Expert to be able to lead small teams of scientists, supporting their developments and reporting on progress, achievements, issues and plans. The role will involve inter-agency and team working across EUMETSAT and our network of Satellite Applications Facilities (SAFs) so we are looking for someone with good interpersonal and communication skills.

Alongside a university degree in Meteorology, Remote Sensing (or another relevant discipline) you will need to demonstrate in depth knowledge and experience in the use of radioactive transfer models in the infrared, and/or microwave spectral ranges. You will also have experience in inversion methods for the retrieval of geophysical parameters from physical parameters extracted from observations of meteorological satellites and the ability to undertake programming using C/C++ and/or Fortran 95 as well as scripting languages such as Perl, Python and Shell. Experience in the management of scientific projects and small teams would be an advantage.

The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.

We offer attractive employment conditions, with a competitive salary, comprehensive health and social welfare provision, and extensive relocation assistance, if applicable.

To learn more and apply online, please visit - reference VN17 48.

The closing date is 27th September 2017 and interviews are provisionally booked for W/C 30th October 2017.

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women and is seeking to recruit nationals from its Member States. Please see our website for further details.

published: 06 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.