ECMWF – Scientist or Senior Scientist – Earth System Predictability

ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, UK
Closing date: 13 December 2018

The Earth System Predictability main objective is to identify, through numerical experimentation, process studies and diagnostics relevant directions and developments leading to skill improvements in the ECMWF seamless forecasting systems. The work requires interaction and collaboration with several other teams and sections at ECMWF on both scientific and technical aspects, as well as engagement with the broader international community.

Summary of the role
The position is in the Earth System Predictability Section of the Research Department. The Scientist or Senior Scientist will conduct independent and collaborative research to advance the quality of the ECMWF seamless forecasting systems. These are probabilistic forecasts of weather and weather statistics from days up to several seasons ahead. The forecasts are performed with coupled atmosphere-land-ocean-waves and sea-ice models.
The successful candidate will conduct numerical experimentation and evaluation to advance probabilistic predictions, with special focus on the sub-seasonal range (weeks three and four). This time scale plays a pivotal role in the ECMWF strategy. ECMWF will continue to lead the newly endorsed WWRP/WCRP S2S-II program, which plans frontier numerical experimentation to advance S2S systems.

Main duties and key responsibilities

For Scientist, Grade A2

  • Conducting numerical experimentation with advanced configurations of the Earth System to identify main directions for skill gains at weeks 3-4
  • Contributing to the design and implementation of seamless ensemble forecasting systems, including coupled model configurations, initialization strategies, and assessment of the observing system
  • Contributing to the development of new metrics for model evaluation at different time scales, with emphasis on coupled feedbacks and processes relevant for the different forecast ranges

For Senior Scientist, Grade A3

  • Designing numerical experimentation with advanced configurations of the Earth System to identify main directions for skill gains at weeks 3-4
  • Contributing to the design and implementation of seamless ensemble forecasting systems, including coupled model configurations, initialization strategies, and assessment of the observing system
  • Developing new metrics for model evaluation at different time scales, with emphasis on coupled feedbacks and processes relevant for the different forecast ranges
  • Engaging with the external Earth system model community to advance the science of the coupled system
  • Representing ECMWF interests in external forums and committees

Grade remuneration
The successful candidate will be recruited at either the A2 or the A3 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations.
For the A2 grade, the minimum annual basic salary will be £58,238.40 net of tax.
For the A3 grade, the minimum annual basic salary will be £71,861.52 net of tax.
This position is assigned to the employment category STFC 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: Four years, with the possibility of a further contract.

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