The recruitment process

Working at ECMWF

Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.


You will need to complete an application, and submit it before the closing date.

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Shortlisted for interview

After the closing date, we will review all applications and shortlist candidates to invite for interview, based on the requirements of the job outlined in the vacancy notice . We will establish a shortlist as quickly as possible.

Shortlisted candidates

If you are shortlisted, a member of the Human Resources Section will usually contact you by telephone to arrange an interview. You will then receive an email invitation outlining the format of the interview, giving names of individuals you will meet on the day.


We may ask you to undertake a task or test as part of the interview process.  Should this be necessary, we will inform you in advance.

Feedback to non-shortlisted candidates

If you are not shortlisted, we will notify you by email as soon as possible after the shortlist has been established.


Usually face-to-face interviews take place at ECMWF in Reading, Berkshire, UK but due to COVID-19 all interviews will be carried out remotely using BlueJeans.

Decision process

After all the interviews have taken place, the interview panel will make a decision and produce a report with their recommendations.  The final decision is taken by the Director-General of ECMWF.  This process may take several weeks.

Pre-employment medical examination

A member of the Human Resources Section will usually contact the successful candidate by telephone. A pre-employment medical form will then be emailed to the individual so they can arrange a medical as soon as possible, as a formal offer is not made by ECMWF until medical clearance has been obtained.

Contracts of employment

Once the medical clearance has been granted, ECMWF will send  the successful candidate a contract of employment.