ECMWF – Early-Stage Researcher – CAFE Programme on sub-seasonal forecasts of heat waves

ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, UK and Technical University of Dresden, 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 heat waves. The successful candidate will investigate extreme weather situations and cascade effects based on European climate patterns. The objective is to evaluate links between large-scale weather patterns and severe warm events over Europe on the sub-seasonal time scale and, also, to measure the current level of predictive skill.

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 Technical University of Dresden, Germany, under the academic supervision of Professor Holger Kantz. 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 secondment will be at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany.

Main duties and key responsibilities

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

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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