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Research Software Engineer for Destination Earth Interfaces

Bonn | Reading

  • Organization: ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • Location: Bonn | Reading
  • Grade: A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-31

Job reference: VN22-41

Location: Reading, UK or Bonn, Germany

Deadline for applications: 14/07/2022

Publication date: 14/06/2022

Salary and Grade: Grade A2: EUR 78,035.40 or GBP 63,782.28 net annual basic salary + other benefits

Contract type: STF-PS

Department: Forecast

Contract Duration: 2.5 years with the possibility of extension

ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. It is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975 by a group of European nations and is today supported by 34 Member and Co-operating States, mostly in Europe. The Centre’s mission is to serve and support its Member and Co-operating States and the wider community by developing and providing world-leading global numerical weather prediction. ECMWF functions as a 24/7 research and operational centre with a focus on medium and long-range predictions and holds one of the largest meteorological archives in the world. The success of its activities relies primarily on the talent of its scientists, strong partnerships with its Member and Co-operating States and the international community, some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the use of innovative technologies such as machine learning across its operations.

Over the years, ECMWF has also developed a strong partnership with the European Union, and for the past seven years has been an entrusted entity for the implementation and operation of the Climate and the Atmosphere Monitoring Services of the EU's Copernicus component of its Space Programme, as well as a contributor to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The collaboration does not stop there and includes other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools that enable ECMWF to extend its provision of data and products covering weather, climate, air quality, fire and flood prediction and monitoring.

ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre in Bologna, Italy, and new offices in Bonn, Germany.

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Are you tired of your research having little impact in the world? Do you want to contribute to a better future of the planet? Then ECMWF is the perfect place to apply your skills and work with us on the cutting edge of digital twin technology, building a digital twin of the Earth. 

In an increasingly expanding ecosystem of digital twins and data spaces it is that digital twins can talk to each other and leverage a shared platform for data and processing - the Digital Twin Engine (DTE). ECMWF builds the Digital Twin Engine as part of the Destination Earth (DestinE) project, develops a Digital Twin , and supports the development of Digital Twins making use of these components.

Your job will be focussed, as part of a team, on making sure this platform will support and facilitate a wide variety of digital twins and their associated data and application ecosystems. Specifically this work will be part of the Intertwin ( and the BioDT ( projects, focussing on interfaces and interoperability.

You will be working with large distributed applications and multi-petabyte datasets on the largest HPC systems in the world at the cutting edge of digital technology. It is an opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the field, both from ECMWF and other European organizations. DestinE is positioned in the European playing field as the leading entity to define the interfaces and interoperability standards in close collaboration with the wider community. This will also provide you with the opportunity to influence the design and development of interoperability software between digital twins.

The successful candidate will join the Data Management Services team in ECMWF’s Development Section, which is responsible for the design and development of all software and systems related to ECMWF’s core data handling services. This includes high-throughput specialist software that supports the time-critical operational forecast model, systems for the acquisition of incoming observations, management of direct model output, perpetual archival of forecasts and observations, and the dissemination of products to member states and clients.

This position can be based in either Bonn, Germany or Reading, UK. Either way there will be strong collaboration with staff based at the other ECMWF sites as well as in other organizations. Hence some visits to those sites will be required.

  • Design and implement the interface framework between digital twins allowing for seamless interoperability between twins and platform components
  • Foster the data interchange between digital twins by developing adapter layers
  • Advise Digital Twin developers on compatibility with the Digital Twin Engine and build bridges between groups of developers.
  • Contribute to regular progress reports to the European Commission 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive, continuous improvement approach
  • Agile mindset and DevOps spirit
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively with teams,  project and DestinE partners as well as independently
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Dedication, passion and enthusiasm to succeed individually and across teams of developers
  • Highly organised with the capacity to work on a diverse range of tasks, to tight deadlines and in a matrix management environment.
  • Advanced university degree (EQF level 7 or above) or equivalent professional experience in computer science or engineering, computational science, physics or natural sciences, mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and running distributed scientific computing applications with a good understanding of scalability concerns particularly in HPC or cloud environments is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience developing software to handle large data sets, with a strong understanding of I/O and network concerns is an advantage.
  • Experience developing object-oriented software in Python or C/C++ is essential, and familiarity with both is an advantage.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English. Interviews will be conducted in English.  
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages is  an advantage.

Grade remuneration: The successful candidates will be recruited at the A2 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be EUR 78,702.36 or GBP 63,782.28 net of tax. ECMWF also offers a generous benefits package, including a flexible teleworking policy. The positions are assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the ECMWF Staff Regulations. Full details of salary scales and allowances available on the ECMWF website at, including the ECMWF Staff Regulations and the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Length of contract: The contract duration is expected to be 2.5 years up to 31 August 2025, with the possibility of extension subject to available funding.

Location: This position can be based either at ECMWF’s offices  in Bonn, Germany, or  Reading, UK.

Location: These positions will be located at ECMWF's duty station in Bonn, Germany.

As a multi-site organisation, ECMWF has adopted a hybrid organisation model which allows flexibility to staff to mix office working and teleworking.  Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions. 

Interviews for this position will take place on a rolling basis and will be conducted by videoconference.

Applicants are invited to complete the online application form by clicking on the apply button below.

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.

Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, as well as from all EU Member States.

ECMWF Member and Co-operating States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

In these exceptional times, we also welcome applications from Ukrainian nationals for this vacancy.  

Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.


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