ECMWF – Analyst – Project LEXIS – HPC & Cloud data services (observations)

ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, UK
Closing date: 08 February 2019

Summary of the role
ECMWF will be part of the new Horizon 2020 project LEXIS, which will explore the integration of high-performance computing (HPC) with user-driven workflows on Cloud systems for numerical weather prediction (NWP). ECMWF’s role in LEXIS focuses on the development and provisioning of data services for cloud-based data analytics of weather-related applications. This will comprise serving of ECMWF’s datasets (such as the operational NWP forecasts) and access to other LEXIS partners datasets (including ‘in-situ’ weather observations from mobile phone providers).

This new position sits in the Development Section of the Forecast Department and it will further strengthen the activities of post-processing and high-throughput data delivery, with a special focus on the interaction and convergence of HPC with Cloud systems. The Analyst will work within the Scalability Team to support the evolution of existing services, but also to explore and set-up the provision of meteorological data through new cloud services.

The successful candidate will investigate data handling strategies for the provisioning of unconventional ‘in-situ’ weather observations (sourced from mobile devices) in LEXIS’s Weather and Climate Data API. He or she will also contribute to the development of the software infrastructure and system deployment for the successful acquisition and pre-processing of this new type of observations.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Interacting with the internal and external project team and supporting the deliverables of the LEXIS project, as well as with other stakeholders at ECMWF
  • Contributing to the development and software maintenance of distributed computing and data services at ECMWF, in particular those deployed in support of Cloud-based user-driven workflows
  • Ensuring the quality of the above services and also planning for their evolution with the Scalability Team and providing third-line support to their users
  • Contributing to ECMWF tasks and deliverables within the Scalability Programme and related projects

Grade remuneration
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £59,228.40 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: To 30 June 2021.

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