Data Processing Analyst in Copernicus Production

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

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Data Processing Analyst in Copernicus Production


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.

For details, see www.ecmwf.int/.

ECMWF has been entrusted to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until the end of 2020. Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The Copernicus programme, a joint initiative of the European Union and the European Space Agency, aims to ensure operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and to provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.

Based on the exploitation of space based and in situ observations and models, Copernicus will provide information services for land, marine, atmospheric and climate monitoring, as well as emergency management and security.

Summary of the role

This position sits in the Copernicus Production Section of ECMWF’s Forecast Department and the successful candidate will report to the Head of Section. She/he will work closely with the members of the Observations Team, who provide the technical infrastructure for the operational processing of observations at ECMWF to manage the acquisition and pre-processing of input data to both CAMS and C3S.

This role will involve working on the technical preparation of observational data for atmospheric composition monitoring and forecasting within CAMS and for input to future atmospheric reanalyses of C3S. The role will also involve monitoring and optimising the acquisition of seasonal forecast model outputs from various data providers for input to the production of the C3S multi-system seasonal forecast. She/he will be responsible for developing, testing and implementing data processing changes to the operational production systems.

The successful candidate will work closely with the other teams in both the Copernicus Services Department and the Forecast Department to ensure that their tasks are efficiently and effectively carried out.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Implementing the acquisition and pre-processing of satellite and in-situ observations, including liaising with data providers on technical aspects of the acquisition and on guidelines for using the data
  • Developing programmes for converting observations in various native formats, such as NetCDF and HDF into BUFR
  • Monitoring and optimising the availability of observational data in the acquisition and preprocessing system
  • Preparing reprocessed satellite data sets for input to future reanalyses for both C3S and CAMS
  • Managing the acquisition of seasonal forecast model output from data providers for use in C3S
  • Liaising with the Copernicus Services Department on observation-related aspects in the CAMS global forecasting system, on the proper treatment of observational data for input to reanalyses and on the handling of seasonal forecast data for input to the production of the C3S multi-system seasonal forecast
  • Analysing and rectifying problems in the operational production, including on-call support when necessary

Personal attributes

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with members of a small team
  • Ability to work with subject matter experts in other fields to explain technical issues and understand their needs and translate them into deliverable requirements
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a time critical environment
  • Flexible approach to adapt to changing work priorities
  • Practical and reliable with the drive to ensure that plans are completed as efficiently as possible

Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject is required.


  • Experience of working with datasets in an operational or scientific context.
  • Programming experience with modern scripting languages, including Python, in a UNIX computing environment with software versioning systems is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting with a range of data providers would be an advantage.
  • Experience of working in an operational environment would be an advantage.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • A good knowledge of meteorological or atmospheric composition observations and data formats is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of NetCDF and BUFR would be an advantage.
  • Some knowledge of GRIB would also be useful.
  • 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.

Other information

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual salary will be £59,228.40 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 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: To 31 December 2020, with further extensions possible depending on funding of the Copernicus programme at ECMWF

Location: The role will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

How to apply

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At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.

Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the following Member States and Co-operating States:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Staff from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases

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