Analyst - Copernicus Production

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) - Forecast

Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/16-33

About ECMWF*

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.

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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 programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.

Summary of the role

This position is in a multidisciplinary team in the Copernicus Production Section of the Forecast Department, working on the operational systems of the ECMWF components of both the C3S and CAMS. This includes seasonal forecasts, atmospheric composition forecasts and climate reanalyses. The role will focus on the operational suites that generate the Copernicus products and will support their distribution using tools and procedures consistent with ECMWF’s production environment.

Main duties and key responsibilities

The Analyst will work on the technical aspects of the Copernicus production systems at ECMWF. This will involve developing and implementing an efficient suite of codes and scripts that can reliably run the production systems and any related post-processing using ECMWF’s high-performance computing and data handling systems. Additional duties will include supporting the provision of the Copernicus products to the users.

Key responsibilities:

  • To develop, maintain and support the Copernicus production suites on ECMWF’s high-performance computing and data handling systems, in close collaboration with relevant staff in the Forecast, Research and Copernicus Services Departments
  • To integrate Copernicus data products into the production systems, including data governance and data management activities
  • To monitor the progress and performance of the suites and solve problems as they arise, using operational tools, procedures and internal expertise. This will include on-call support for the production systems out of office hours
  • To adapt and integrate into the operational environment any third-party post-processing prototypes for evaluation and quality control and for climate product generation, as required
  • To support the team in other tasks related to the operational Copernicus production systems

Personal attributes

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive and constructive approach
  • Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing organisational priorities and user needs
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree or equivalent in a discipline related to meteorology, earth sciences, mathematics, IT or software engineering.


  • Experience of data management, software development and/or provision of data and products to users through operational services.
  • Experience of processing large scientific or technical datasets, including a data governance role.
  • Experience of operational weather or climate forecast production systems would be an advantage. 

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Advanced level of programming with scripting languages, in particular Shell or Python on Linux systems.
  • Familiarity with environmental data format standards for international exchange, such as NetCDF CF or WMO GRIB or BUFR.
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be desirable.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English. Interviews will be conducted in English.

Other information

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 £55,488 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: Four years.

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

How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at

ECMWF has an Equal Opportunities Policy and applications from all suitably qualified candidates are welcome.

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

Staff from non-ECMWF States may be considered in exceptional cases where there is a strong need for a particular competency.

* The ECMWF Member States are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

The ECMWF Co-operating States are Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, Romania and Slovakia.