Closing Date: 22 January 2018
ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.
Goal of the Graduate Training Programme
The goal of the ECMWF Graduate Training Programme is to provide training at an advanced level for recent graduates from ECMWF’s Member States and Co-operating States employed by their national hydro-meteorological services in areas related to numerical weather prediction. Applicants must be employees of their national hydro-meteorological service.
Possible areas of training
Candidates should specify in their cover letter which topic(s) they are interested in from the following list:
1. Evaluating forecasts of near-surface weather parameters: help to identify causes of biases in near surface temperatures, humidity and winds by performing conditional evaluation against in-situ observations (synoptic stations, radiosondes, tower and supersites).
2. Modelling the land-atmosphere coupling: help to identify processes that control the evolution of near-surface weather parameters by performing sensitivity experiments to elements of the atmospheric and land parametrizations.
Main duties and key responsibilities
During the traineeship at ECMWF, which will be for a maximum of two years, the Graduate Trainee will work on tasks linked to ECMWF’s programme of work. The Graduate Trainee will work under close supervision on projects agreed between ECMWF, the sponsoring national meteorological service and the trainee.
Good communication skills
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Good analytical skills
Qualifications and experience required
A university degree or equivalent is required.
Candidates must have relevant postgraduate experience in a national hydrometeorological service.
Candidates must have experience in programming (Python and/or Fortran) and scripting in a Unix environment.
Knowledge and skills (including language)
Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English. A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be an advantage.
The successful candidate will receive a bursary of a fixed amount of £1,900 per month net of tax, paid by ECMWF, which could supplement the salary paid by the trainee’s national hydrometeorological service. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-SP as defined in the Staff Regulations, available at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs, including the terms and conditions of employment.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: One year, with the possibility of a further year.
Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom