[ES_JOBS_NET] ECMWF Job Vacancy for an Analyst – Data Handling (Copernicus Climate Service Change), Closing date: 12 December 2018

Another exciting opportunity at ECMWF for an Analyst – Data Handling (Copernicus Climate Service Change)

Position information

Vacancy No.: VN18-40 Department: Forecast
Grade: A2 Section: Copernicus Production Section
Job Ref. No.: STF-PS/18-40 Reports to: CDS Manager
Publication Date: 6 November 2018 Closing Date: 12 December 2018


ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.

For details, see www.ecmwf.int/.

ECMWF has been entrusted to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until the end of 2020. Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.

The Copernicus programme, a joint initiative of the European Union and the European Space Agency, aims to ensure operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and to provide 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 will provide information services for land, marine, atmospheric and climate monitoring, as well as emergency management and security.

Summary of the role

The C3S Climate Data Store (CDS) is the cornerstone of the C3S infrastructure. It contributes to the provision of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), climate reanalyses, projections and indicators at temporal and spatial scales relevant to adaptation and mitigation strategies for various sectoral and societal benefit areas. The infrastructure will also progressively support the provision of CAMS datasets.

Along with the data, the CDS includes a set of tools for analysing and predicting the impacts of climate change. Users of the CDS can access these tools to develop their own applications online. The CDS has been designed to support a wide range of users with different needs, by facilitating the processing of large data volumes as well as the creation of simple visualisations based on multiple data sources. CDS data and tools form the backbone of the C3S Sectoral Information System (SIS), which provides tools and applications for dealing with climate impact in different industrial sectors, including energy, water management and agriculture.

The successful candidate will join the Climate Data Store team, located in the Copernicus Production Section of ECMWF’s Forecast Department. She/he will report to the CDS Manager and will work closely with the members of the CDS team to manage the catalogue of datasets served through the CDS. The successful candidate will also work closely with the C3S data providers to integrate their data products into the CDS catalogue. She/he will become an expert in the handling of CDS datasets, to ensure and maintain a high-quality data service to the end-users.

Main duties and key responsibilities

Performing governance of the C3S datasets

Managing the CDS catalogue, which includes integrating new datasets and implementing any necessary updates required

Developing, maintaining and continuously improving the relevant operational tools within the team’s areas of activities regarding climate data handling

Working with the C3S data providers on integrating their data sets into the CDS catalogue

Interacting on technical matters between the different partners working with the CDS

Personal attributes

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with members of a small team

Ability to work with subject matter experts in other fields to explain technical issues and understand their needs and translate them into deliverable requirements

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

Ability to work under pressure in a time critical environment

Flexible approach to adapt to changing work priorities

Practical and reliable with the drive to ensure that plans are completed as efficiently as possible

Qualifications and experience required

Education University degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Experience Strong experience in geospatial data handling within a Linux and Python environment.

Experience with geospatial metadata and related standards.

Knowledge and skills (including language) Solid knowledge of netCDF format (additional knowledge of GRIB format would be a distinctive advantage).

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.

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 £58,238.40 net of tax.

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

Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Length of contract: To 31 December 2020.

Location: The role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs.

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.

Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the following Member States and Co‑operating States:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Staff from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.

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