Graduate Hydrological Forecast Analyst

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 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.

Summary of the role

This position is a general hydrological forecast analyst support role in the Environmental Forecasts Team within the Evaluation Section of the Forecast Department. The team is responsible for the development of tools to produce CEMS-Floods forecasts and for the evaluation of their performance.

Current CEMS-Floods products include pan-European/ Global overview maps of flood probabilities for short range (from several hours to 5 days ahead), medium range (up to 10 days ahead for EFAS, up to 30 days ahead for GloFAS) and seasonal range (up to 12 weeks ahead) and detailed forecasts at stations where the national services are providing real-time data. They are served through intuitive and interactive web interfaces designed to provide user experience and tools necessary for decision making.

The role of the Graduate Hydrological Forecast Analyst is to support the team in the generation, analysis and evaluation of hydrological forecasts and related products, including handling observational data and running experiments to test new forecast developments.

The selected candidate will work closely with the other members of the Environmental Forecast team, the CDS team as well as ECMWF scientists and other staff, including in other CEMS-Floods centres and at the JRC.

The role will enable the Graduate Hydrological Forecast Analyst to get hands-on experience with hydro-climate data and forecast production, and to work with colleagues in a science driven, highly reputable international organisation.

Main duties and key responsibilities
  • Handling and quality checking observational hydrological data

  • Supporting the maintenance of the Geospatial Database and GIS datasets

  • Developing (or contributing to the development of) software for hydrological forecast verification

  • Running the hydrological forecast experiments

  • Supporting the production and analysis of hydrological forecasts

  • Providing general support to the Environmental Forecast Team

  • Contributing to CEMS-Flood shared operational duties

  • Other similar duties as assigned from time to time