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Energy and Sectoral Information System Officer

Bonn

  • Organization: ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • Location: Bonn
  • Grade: Junior level - A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-05

Job reference: VN22-83

Location: Bonn, Germany

Deadline for applications: 05/02/2023

Publication date: 30/12/2022

Salary and Grade: Grade A2: EUR 83,888 basic salary, net of tax + other benefits

Contract type: STF-PL

Department: Copernicus

Contract Duration: 4 years with the possibility of extensions

ECMWF is opening an exciting new position as Energy & Sectoral Information System (SIS) Officer with the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). The SIS function is one of the main components of the C3S architecture and is designed to develop and deliver sector specific demonstrators built on the data and tools made available by the service. Such demonstrators, which cover all the sectors mentioned in the Contribution Agreement with the European Commission, such as energy, water management, health, agriculture, etc., must be developed to the highest standard to maximize the chance of being considered a benchmark of quality for any downstream climate service developers. The SIS activities generate applications, workflows and, when necessary, specific datasets to be developed and ingested within the Climate & Atmosphere Data Store (CADS) and its development platform (the Toolbox), the core infrastructure supporting the implementation of C3S. 

C3S SIS has designed operational services for the energy sector, to address the needs of users to assess the impact of climate on energy operations, management and planning, through the delivery of scientifically based information. New technological opportunities for this sector will become available through the in-development Destination Earth Digital Twins, on climate change adaptation and on weather-induced and geophysical extremes and specific use cases for the energy sector. The User Engagement section at ECMWF is leading the coordination of Thematic Hubs on Health and Energy. Thematic hubs are single entry points of the Copernicus data, products and information generated by the Copernicus Services or components for specific thematic or geographical areas. Their purpose is to give simplified access and support to various stakeholders, policy makers and general users to navigate and select relevant information. 

The role of the SIS & Energy Officer will be:

  • to implement and extend the C3S offer in different sectors;
  • to liaise with the User Engagement section on the Thematic Hubs from the C3S perspective, with a special focus on the Energy Thematic Hub;
  • to support the C3S offer dedicated to special core users, such as: the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Union for Mediterranean (UfM), the European association for the cooperation of transmission system operators (ENTSO-E), the European Union agency for the cooperation of energy regulators (ACER); 
  • to closely follow Destination Earth use case developments and their connections with Copernicus activities.

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 35 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. 

ECMWF has 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. For additional details see www.ecmwf.int.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service section is part of ECMWF’s Copernicus Programme and is responsible for the operation of the service on behalf of the European Commission. It delivers operational climate services to a large variety of users through its technical infrastructure, the Climate and Atmosphere Data Store (CADS) and the associated data-processing toolbox. C3S conducts a large part of its activities via external contractors, whose work is focused on service development and operations. The evolution of the service is also supported by research activities funded by external sources (e.g. Horizon Europe). For details see https://climate.copernicus.eu.

ECMWF is also responsible for the implementation of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and is a major partner in the implementation of the European Commission’s Destination Earth (DestinE) initiative, together with ESA and EUMETSAT. CAMS provides consistent and quality-controlled information related to air pollution and health, solar energy, greenhouse gases and climate forcing, everywhere in the world. For details, see https://atmosphere.copernicus.eu/

DestinE will deploy several highly accurate thematic digital replicas of the Earth, called Digital Twins, to help monitoring and predict environmental change and human impact. For details, see https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/destination-earth-destine.

C3S is working very closely with these projects to exploit existing synergies and ensure value for money.

  • ​​​​​​​Contribute to the evolution of the C3S offer in different sectors (e.g. agriculture, water, health, insurance), with a focus on energy, including the development of state-of-the-art tools, data and information;
  • Liaise with the scientific community and the relevant EU initiatives;
  • Engage with a broad community of users, including relevant EU DGs and special core users such as the EIB, the UfM, ACER, ENTSO-E among others, collecting their requirements and providing feedback to shape the service evolution;
  • Act as Technical Officer for selected C3S SIS contracts;
  • Support the SIS group in delivering scientific and technical excellence products fully built on the C3S Infrastructure & aligned with the needs of the relevant sectors. This activity in the long-term helps to re-shape the CADS infrastructure and the C3S climate offer;
  • Liaise with the ECMWF User Engagement sections for the development of the new Energy Thematic Hub;
  • Manage and support selected DestinE Use Case contracts at ECMWF to ensure a strong connection between Copernicus and DestinE activities in the Climate & Energy application areas.
  • ​​​​​​​Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivation, and ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Accountability and capacity to deliver according to objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with the rest of the team, other teams at ECMWF and a distributed user community (including the project partners)
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a team
  • Passion in climate data and climate related applications
  • ​​​​​​​An advanced university degree (EQF Level 7 or above) in Meteorology, Climate Sciences, Environmental Engineering or similar relevant scientific discipline.
  • A PhD in a related subject or equivalent experience is desirable.
  • Scientific-technical knowledge of climate data including: global ensemble climate predictions; climate projections; climate reanalysis and their applications in the framework of climate services.
  • Experience in analysis of links between climate and sector applications, with special focus on the energy sector. 
  • Solid experience with python programming language.
  • Experience in creation and management of documentation and user guides is an advantage.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English.
  • Knowledge of one of ECMWF’s other working languages (French or German) 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 83.888 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, allowances, employment terms and conditions are available on the ECMWF website at www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs.

Starting date: As soon as possible

Length of contract: 4 years with the possibility of extensions

Location: 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. We allow for remote work 10 days/month away from the office and up to 80 days/year away from the duty station (within the area of our member states and co-operating states).

Interviews by videoconference (via Teams ) are expected to take .shortly after the application deadline.

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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