European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

ECMWF in Bonn

Your role

As part of the Copernicus programme, ECMWF is leading the development and implementation of an exciting new Earth monitoring service to monitor anthropogenic emissions of CO 2, CH 4 and various air pollutants. In support of this new development, ECMWF coordinates the H2020 CoCO2 (Prototype system for a Copernicus CO 2 service) project, which aims to deliver the prototype systems for the Copernicus anthropogenic CO2 emissions monitoring and verification support capacity that will be operationally implemented within the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service by 2026.

Initially as part of the CoCO2 project and afterwards as part of the CAMS global model development at ECMWF, you will work on the representation of anthropogenic and natural CO 2 and CH 4 fluxes in ECMWF’s Integrated Forecasting System (IFS). The IFS is today one of the most comprehensive and advanced systems in the world for data assimilation and forecasting of global atmospheric composition, with operational outputs serving hundreds of users daily and being seen by millions (for instance through CNN, Windy, and other platforms). It also forms the core of the new global emission monitoring system.

As part of a larger team, you will improve greenhouse gas aspects of the land surface modelling of the IFS, including aspects specific for the urban environment. You will also be responsible for the efficient uptake of inventory-based emission data in the IFS. This includes the optimal use of high spatial and temporal emission information and emission modelling. All aspects will include implementing and testing developments from CoCO2 partners and CAMS contractors.

The position is in the CAMS development section of the Copernicus Department with a close collaboration with the Coupled Processes team in the Research Department. You will also closely collaborate with other teams in the Research Department.


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. 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 a main office based in Reading, UK, a brand-new data centre in Bologna, Italy, and a large new office in Bonn, Germany. We also adopted a hybrid work model which allows our staff to mix both office working and teleworking, offering considerable flexibility in spending time working in or outside of the office, from home or away from their duty station. You can expect to take the lead in deciding how you wish to manage your working time at ECMWF. As an organisation we value the whole being, understand and value the need for flexibility in the way our staff work.

For more info about us see (link)

About Copernicus

Copernicus is the earth observation component of the European Union (EU) space programme. Based on the exploitation of space-based and in-situ (earth-based) observations and scientific models, Copernicus provides information services for land, marine, atmosphere and climate monitoring, as well as emergency management and security. These services, and their free, open and quality assured data and tools, support a range of environmental and security applications across sectors and policy domains. For details, see (link)

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) service 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 (link)

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) service provides authoritative information about the past, present and future climate, as well as tools to enable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by policy makers and businesses. For details, see (link)​​​​​​​

Your responsibilities

  • Develop atmospheric composition modelling aspects in the IFS with a specific focus on the representation of anthropogenic and natural fluxes of CO 2 and CH 4
  • Develop urban aspects of the IFS land surface model including anthropogenic emissions related to residential heating and other human activities
  • Coordinate the use of inventory-based emission data for greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants in the IFS, with a specific focus on the improvement of temporal resolution and timeliness of the emission information
  • Contribute to the development of methods to accurately estimate uncertainties in atmospheric CO 2 and CH 4 concentrations that are needed as input to the data assimilation framework for monitoring anthropogenic emissions
  • Provide technical input into the contractual management of external CAMS contracts that are within your areas of expertise

What we’re looking for

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive approach, together with an interest in identifying, investigating and solving technical challenges
  • Collaborative approach to the work​​​
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner

  • Dedication, passion and enthusiasm to succeed both individually and as a fully integrated member of the team
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, particularly listening to and respecting the views of others
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with internal and external experts on related aspects of IFS development


  • An advanced university degree (EQF Level 7 or above) in Meteorology, Physics, Mathematics or similar subject or equivalent experience is required.
  • A PhD in a related subject or equivalent experience is desirable


  • Demonstrated scientific experience of several years with atmosphere modelling of greenhouse gases is highly desirable
  • Experience with developing and maintaining large scientific codes in Fortran and/or C++ in High Performance Computing environments.

Knowledge and skills

  • Ability to work efficiently in a Linux environment is essential
  • Knowledge of tools and processes for software management and software quality is highly desirable
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and interviews will be conducted in English
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) is an advantage

Other information

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 78,035.76 NET of tax. ECMWF also offers a generous benefits package, including a flexible teleworking policy. The position is 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 (link), including the ECMWF Staff Regulations and the terms and conditions of employment.

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 working model and culture, allowing significant flexibility to staff to mix office working and teleworking.

Interviews by videoconference (MS Team) are expected to take place in the first half of September 2022.

Who can apply

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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