ECMWF – Early-Stage Researcher – CAFE Programme on sub-seasonal forecasts of Mediterranean extremes

ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, UK and Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Closing date: 20 May 2019

Summary of the role
This position sits in the Evaluation Section of the Forecast Department and the successful candidate will work in the Diagnostics Team to assess the S2S predictability of extremes events. The successful candidate will investigate the predictability of large – scale atmospheric flow patterns over the Mediterranean connected to extreme weather. The objective of the project is to reach a better understanding of the predictability of large-scale flows patterns over the Mediterranean in sub-seasonal forecasts, and its connection to extreme weather.

This position is part of the H2020-CAFE Early-Stage Researcher Programme and as part of this programme, the Early-Stage Researcher will be enrolled as PhD student at the Technische Universität Bergakademie, Freiberg under the academic supervision of Professor Jörg Matschullat. The CAFE Programme will enable the Early-Stage Researcher to further develop their scientific skills as well as the opportunity to work in different European countries. Therefore, candidates applying for this position and participating in the CAFE Programme will be expected to work for some months at different European institutions. One period of secondment will be spent at the Technische Universität Bergakademie, Freiberg, Germany.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Developing diagnostics and tools to identify the links between large-scale circulation and Mediterranean precipitation events using both re-analysis/observations and model data
  • Diagnosing predictability of extreme rainfall in the Mediterranean at sub-seasonal range using the S2S data
  • Diagnosing sources of predictability for these events
  • Investigating conditional probabilistic skill in predicting the events based on these sources of predictability
  • Developing products using the S2S forecast outputs to improve the guidance available for forecasting Mediterranean precipitation

Grade remuneration
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A1 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £46,353.96 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: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: 36 months and contract end date finishing no later than 28 February 2023.


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