ECMWF – Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst

ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, UK
Closing date: 14 April 2020

ECMWF has an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst to provide general hydrological impact forecast support to the Environmental Forecasts Team within the Evaluation Section of the Forecast Department. The team is responsible for the development of tools to improve flood impact forecasts and for the evaluation of their performance.

Amongst current CEMS-Floods products, flood impact forecasting is delivered through the Rapid Impact Assessment RRA method highlighting regions of highest risk over the next 10 days. Through the TAMIR project, the RRA products and services will be improved by:

  • Enhancing the exposure and vulnerability information used for the impact assessment
  • Harmonising flood thresholds used in the forecasting for short (~1 hour) to medium range (~5 days) lead time for a seamless forecasting
  • Developing data services to increase the integration of the flood impact forecasts in local decision-making tools
  • Migrating the new flood impact products in a pan-European pre-operational service

The role of the Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst is to support the team in the generation, analysis and evaluation of flood impact forecasts and related products.

The selected candidate will work closely with the other members of the Environmental Forecast team and ECMWF scientists and other staff.

The role will enable the Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst to get hands-on experience with developing methods for improving flood forecast products, and to work with colleagues in a science driven, highly reputable international organisation.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Contributing to the development of the flood impact forecasting by modifying, adapting and running existing scripts
  • Contributing to improving exposure and vulnerability information used in pan-European flood impact forecasting
  • Setting-up, scheduling and executing flood impact forecast experiments
  • Contributing to project deliverables as required (e.g. reports, presentations, academic papers, meeting attendance, etc.)
  • Providing general support to the Environmental Forecast Team
  • Other similar duties as assigned from time to time

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 £47,420.16 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, 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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