Sectoral Information System Officer for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN21-31
Grade: A2
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/21-31
Location: Bonn, Germany
Department: Copernicus Department
Section: Copernicus Joint Services
Reports to: Sectoral Information System Manager
Closing Date: 24 May 2021

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, ait 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.

Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The Copernicus programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and provides reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications. Based on the exploitation of space based and in situ observations and models, Copernicus provides information services for land, marine, atmospheric and climate monitoring, as well as emergency management and security.

For details, see

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

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

3. Summary of the role

ECMWF has an exciting new position as Sectoral Information System (SIS) Officer of Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), within the Copernicus Department.

The SIS function is one of the main components of the C3S architecture and is designed to develop and deliver sector specific demonstrators built on the data and tools made available by Copernicus. Such demonstrators, which cover all the sectors mentioned in the Delegation Agreement with the European Commission, such as energy, water management, health, agriculture, etc., are required to be developed to the highest standard to act as a benchmark of quality for any downstream climate service developers. The SIS activities generate applications, workflows and, when necessary, specific datasets to be developed and ingested within the Climate Data Store (CDS) and its development platform (the Toolbox), the core infrastructure supporting the implementation of C3S.

The main tasks are listed below:

  • The role will contribute to ensure any technical interaction between the SIS products / activities and the CDS Infrastructure, by adhering to the SIS function in delivering scientific and technical excellence aligned with the needs of the relevant sectors. The successful candidate will play an essential role in data ingestion, and in supporting the CDS data governance implementation.
  • The role will contribute to maintain connections between the CDS and the Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) platform called WEkEO
  • The role will also include acting as a technical officer for a set of SIS relevant procurement contracts

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Ensuring daily technical connections between the CDS and the SIS team
  • Supporting the CDS team to strengthen the synergies with the WEkEO platform, especially when those connections are based on the SIS contents
  • Supporting the CDS team in the data ingestion and application production, following technical and scientific excellence standards and supporting the CDS data governance implementation
  • Acting as a Technical Officer for selected C3S relevant contracts and supporting the achievement of the objectives
  • Supporting to review and approve contract deliverables
  • Performing quality check on user guidance documentation for datasets and applications

5. Personal Attributes

  • Accountability and capacity to deliver according to objectives
  • Creativity and proactivity, ability to take initiatives
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • Detail-oriented and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong commitment to team environment dynamics, including excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, procedures and rules
  • Strong sense of accountability
  • Genuine interest in Copernicus and in C3S

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree (EQF Level 6) in atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, or other relevant scientific discipline is required.


  • Demonstrated experience in supporting the development and provision of climate related services in relevant sectors (e.g. energy, water-management, agriculture).
  • Demonstrated exposure to the technical and scientific aspects underpinning climate relevant data and products.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing the principles of data-to-service value chain, including aspects on data access infrastructure and data governance.
  • Experience within the Copernicus Services and the WEkEO platform would be an advantage.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in software programming preferably in Python.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage.

7. Other information

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual salary will be EUR 75,178.92 net of tax.

This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: 1 October 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Length of contract: Four years (with possible renewal), subject to signature of the Contribution Agreement between ECMWF and the European Commission for the implementation of CAMS and C3S over 2021 - 2027 and availability of funds.

Location: The position will be based at ECMWF’s duty station in Bonn, Germany, which is currently expected to open in the second half of 2021, with regular visits to the HQ in Reading, to interact with other staff there.

Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.

Videoconference interviews (via BlueJeans) for this position are expected to take place virtually, in mid-June 2021.

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at

To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email

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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.

published: 13 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.