Senior/Principal Scientist (Group Leader: Forecast Performance Monitoring)
Reference no.: AP12-14
Grade: A3/A4, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations.
ECMWF Headquarters at Shinfield Park, near Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an international organisation supported by 34 States*.ECMWF’s principal objectives are the development of numerical methods for medium‑range, monthly and seasonal weather forecasting; the preparation, on a regular basis, of these weather forecasts for distribution to the meteorological services of the Member States; scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of these forecasts; and the collection and storage of appropriate meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and surface. For details see:
ECMWF’s main computing facility includes supercomputers, archiving and data handling systems. ECMWF is connected to the meteorological telecommunication system and to its Member States via efficient networks linking 44 countries. A detailed description is available at:
The vacancy is in the Meteorological Operations (Met Ops) Section of the Operations Department.
The Met Ops Section provides a number of important services for ECMWF. These include monitoring and assessing the meteorological performance of the ECMWF operational forecasting systems; providing a range of products to meet users’ requirements; and liaising with users to improve and broaden the use and understanding of ECMWF meteorological products.
This post is to lead the group within the Met Ops Section that focuses on the meteorological performance of ECMWF’s operational and pre-operational forecasting and assimilation systems. The work of the group maintains and helps to improve the quality of forecasts by identifying and diagnosing meteorological problems and deficiencies and providing prompt feedback to model developers and forecast users.
The main duties of the post are:
A university degree or equivalent in meteorology or a related subject is required, together with substantial experience and understanding of global forecasting and data assimilation systems for operational numerical weather prediction, which at ECMWF include the ensemble of 4D-Var data assimilations (EDA), medium-range, monthly and seasonal ensemble forecasts.
Strengthening the way ECMWF monitors performance is of strategic importance to ensure the quality of ECMWF’s meteorological output. The monitoring of system performance needs to be extended to include all relevant aspects of model and assimilation behaviour. The ideal candidate will have the expertise and in-depth knowledge to lead this work, including the development of innovative new forecast monitoring techniques to improve understanding of system performance.
Candidates should have excellent communication skills.
The working languages of ECMWF are English, French and German. Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and a good knowledge of one of the other working languages would be also desirable. Interviews will be conducted in English.Staff are normally recruited from among the nationals of the following Member States and Co‑operating States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.
The successful candidate will be recruited at the A3 grade and the annual basic salary will be £62,230.56 net of tax.
However, for an exceptional candidate recruitment at the A4 grade may be considered.Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at:
As soon as possible.
Length of contract:
Maximum of four years for initial contract, with the possibility of renewal.
An application form in Word format can be downloaded from here (162kb) and completed on-line. If you download, you may (if near to the closing date) e-mail the completed form only back to ECMWF at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, however, that you must still send your full application form together with all the attachments to ECMWF by post. Under no circumstances should you e-mail your attachments.
Closing date: Completed applications for this post must reach the Personnel Section of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts not later than 28 September 2012.
Date of Issue: 27 July 2012
Posted: 27 July 2012