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- BY Nicole Pelette
Summary of the role
The Scientist will work on evaluating a range of observational datasets using numerical weather prediction (NWP) and reanalysis systems, and support development of a virtual observatory. This position is in the Satellite Data Section of the Research Department and will be part of the GAIA-CLIM project.
Main duties and key responsibilities
The successful candidate will join the Satellite Data section at ECMWF to work on GAIA-CLIM, an EU-funded research project aimed at improving Earth Observation (EO) capabilities, in particular establishing sound methods for characterising the uncertainties of satellite-based EO datasets by exploiting reference-quality in-situ data.
The main aspects of the role are:
To contribute to the characterisation methods by analysing assimilation-based observation feedback from our NWP/reanalysis systems
To facilitate uptake of observation feedback by others
To promote good practices in observational dataset generation to benefit NWP, reanalysis, and the EU’s Copernicus programme
The work will involve substantial collaboration with institutions in Europe and elsewhere, including intercomparison with analogous feedback from UK Met Office systems.
To analyse assimilation-based diagnostics of observational quality
To acquire external datasets and generate observation feedback
To support other scientists in the use and interpretation of observation feedback
A university degree (preferably at PhD level) in meteorology, computer science or a related subject, together with extensive experience in scientific computing on large high-performance computers.
Experience in characterising uncertainties of earth-observation datasets.
Experience in development of weather forecasting or data assimilation systems would be advantageous.
Good knowledge of scientific programming and highlevel programming languages including Fortran and shell scripts (possibly C/C++ or Python). Strong background in UNIX systems (and/or Linux).
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
How to apply
Please apply by completing the online application form available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs.
ECMWF has an Equal Opportunities Policy and applications from all suitably qualified candidates are welcome.
Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the Member States and Co-operating States.
Staff from non-ECMWF States may be considered in exceptional cases where there is a strong need for a particular competency.
Interviews for this position are expected to take place on 22 and 23 April 2015.