Research Fellowship on Microwave Radiance Assimilation for Numerical Weather Prediction

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The Research Fellow will join the Earth System Assimilation Section in the Research Department at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). They will work alongside ECMWF scientists taking active part in research and development activities to improve the interpretation of satellite information and its assimilation into the ECMWF weather forecast system. The main focus will be the assimilation of radiance products from atmospheric sounding instruments on polar-orbiting satellites, in particular the improved assimilation of radiances from passive microwave temperature and humidity sounders (e.g., ATMS, AMSU-A, MHS, etc). These radiances are a leading contributor to today’s weather forecasts, and the optimised and extended use of these observations is a continuous challenge for Numerical Weather Prediction centres. Developments will also target a successful early exploitation of the Microwave Sounder (MWS) on-board EPS-SG.

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing numerical weather predictions for its Member and Co-operating States as well as users around the world. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research and analysis aiming to continuously improve global prediction. ECMWF processes in its high-performance computing facility large amounts of observations to provide up-to-date global analyses and climate re-analyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.   For details, see www.ecmwf.int/

ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre opening in 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices in Bonn, Germany, also opening in 2021.