Vacancy No.: VN18-42
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/18-42
Reports to: Team leader Scalability Team
Publication Date: 14 December 2018
Closing Date: 8 February 2019
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.
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ECMWF will be part of the new Horizon 2020 project LEXIS, which will explore the integration of high-performance computing (HPC) with user-driven workflows on Cloud systems for numerical weather prediction (NWP). ECMWF’s role in LEXIS focuses on the development and provisioning of data services for cloud-based data analytics of weather-related applications. This will comprise serving of ECMWF’s datasets (such as the operational NWP forecasts) and access to other LEXIS partners datasets (including ‘in-situ’ weather observations from mobile phone providers).
This new position sits in the Development Section of the Forecast Department and it will further strengthen the activities of post-processing and high-throughput data delivery, with a special focus on the interaction and convergence of HPC with Cloud systems. The Analyst will work within the Scalability Team to support the evolution of existing services, but also to explore and set-up the provision of meteorological data through new cloud services.
The successful candidate will investigate data handling strategies for the provisioning of unconventional ‘in-situ’ weather observations (sourced from mobile devices) in LEXIS’s Weather and Climate Data API. He or she will also contribute to the development of the software infrastructure and system deployment for the successful acquisition and pre-processing of this new type of observations.
• Interacting with the internal and external project team and supporting the deliverables of the LEXIS project, as well as with other stakeholders at ECMWF
• Contributing to the development and software maintenance of distributed computing and data services at ECMWF, in particular those deployed in support of Cloud-based user-driven workflows
• Ensuring the quality of the above services and also planning for their evolution with the Scalability Team and providing third-line support to their users
• Contributing to ECMWF tasks and deliverables within the Scalability Programme and related projects
• Excellent problem-solving skills with a proactive approach, together with an interest in identifying, investigating and solving technical problems
• Interest in exploring the technical viability and relevance of new technologies for ECMWF
• Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a small team
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, listening to and respecting the views of others
• Ability to work under pressure
A university degree, or equivalent, in a discipline related to computer science, physics, mathematics or engineering is required. A PhD is desirable but not essential.
Knowledge and skills (including language)
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Coordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £59,228.40 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 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: Until 30 June 2021.
Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs.
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