ECMWF – COPERNICUS Principal Expert

ECMWF, Bonn, Germany, and European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Closing date: 07 May 2021

ECMWF has an exciting new position as Copernicus Principal Expert, who will report to the Director of Copernicus Services and will be delegated to the Directorate-General Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) of the European Commission in the Earth Observation Unit.

The main function of the ECMWF Copernicus Principal Expert will be to support the operational implementation, monitoring and evolution of the Copernicus Services, with a focus on the interactions between ECMWF and the Copernicus programme of the European Commission.

They will provide strategic and technical support to the European Commission and facilitate access to independent expertise and knowledge as critical input to the evolution of the Copernicus Programme, especially in the scientific/technical areas covered by the Copernicus Services managed by ECMWF.

Strong communication skills and excellent stakeholder management skills are essential in this role as is the ability to build trust and strong internal and external relations.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • In coordination with the management of the Copernicus Department at ECMWF, monitoring operational interactions and organising strategic coordination between the Copernicus Services at ECMWF and the European Commission’s Directorate-General Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) to ensure adequate response to services operations and evolution
  • Responding to requests from the European Commission and other institutions of the EU for information on topics relevant for ECMWF; Support the European Commission in its interactions with ECMWF, as requested
  • Providing information, advice and guidance on matters relating to the development and implementation of the CAMS and C3S, including in particular relations of these Services with their relevant user communities
  • Providing information, advice and guidance on matters relating to the definition and development of the CO2 Monitoring and Verification Support Capacity of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, and its coordination with all relevant stakeholders
  • Providing specific expertise and support to the European Commission on its interactions with the World Meteorological Organisation, other UN Agencies, and international organisations
  • Supporting the European Commission in monitoring the evolution of the Copernicus programme via periodic reviews and quality assessment measures
  • Supporting the European Commission in all tasks relevant to its area of expertise, including being based at the European Commission premises as a seconded expert to the Copernicus Unit
  • Contributing to the strategic elaboration of the annual and multi-annual Copernicus Work Programmes
  • Helping facilitate access to independent expertise external to the European Commission appropriate for programme definition support, quality assessment and performance review

Other information
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A4 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual salary will be EUR 107,790.12 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 August 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Length of contract: Four years, 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.


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