ECMWF – Computational Scientist – Distributed and High-Performance Computing for Flood Forecasting

ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, UK
Closing date: 30 April 2020

This position sits in the Production Services Team within the Development Section of the Forecast Department. The Computational Scientist will contribute to the development of distributed computing systems, focused on the delivery of post-processed meteorological products.

The Team contributes to a series of EU funded and core funded scalability projects where it researches distributed computing algorithms for processing of meteorological products and for storage and handling of massive multi-petabyte meteorological data sets.

In particular, this role will involve research into the scalability and parallelism of several tools and applications that are used in the time-critical pipeline that provides flood forecasting products, including participation in the TAMIR and CEMS-Floods projects. No prior knowledge of flood forecasting is necessary for this position.

The successful candidate will contribute to the developments of distributed computing software for the delivery of meteorological and flood forecasting products. They will apply their knowledge and expertise to contribute to future developments and ensure a successful delivery of this work within the Scalability Programme to ECMWF’s operational forecasting workflows.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Contributing to the development and software maintenance of distributed computing and post-processing software stack and services at ECMWF, ensuring its quality of service and planning for its evolution with the team and providing third-line support to its users
  • Contributing to the development of scalable flood forecasting tools and applications and their integration into the workflow including adaptations for future hardware architectures
  • Contributing to the analysis and monitoring of ECMWF’s data processing and product generation workload and propose improvements
  • Participating in projects, including the design, implementation and maintenance of the operational applications software

Grade remuneration
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £60,590.64 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: Until 31 January 2022.


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