Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst

    European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
    Computer scienceComputer architecture
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    14/04/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    United Kingdom › Reading
    To be defined

ECMWF has an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst to provide
general hydrological impact forecast support to the Environmental Forecasts Team within the
Evaluation Section of the Forecast Department. The team is responsible for the development of tools
to improve flood impact forecasts and for the evaluation of their performance.
Amongst current CEMS-Floods products, flood impact forecasting is delivered through the Rapid
Impact Assessment RRA method highlighting regions of highest risk over the next 10 days. Through
the TAMIR project, the RRA products, and services will be improved by:

  • Enhancing the exposure and vulnerability information used for the impact assessment
  • Harmonising flood thresholds used in the forecasting for short (~1 hour) to medium range (~5 days) lead time for a seamless forecasting
  • Developing data services to increase the integration of the flood impact forecasts in local decision-making tools
  • Migrating the new flood impact products in a pan-European pre-operational service

The role of the Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst is to support the team in the
generation, analysis, and evaluation of flood impact forecasts and related products.

The selected candidate will work closely with the other members of the Environmental Forecast team
and ECMWF scientists and other staff.

The role will enable the Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst to get hands-on experience
with developing methods for improving flood forecast products, and to work with colleagues in a
science-driven, highly reputable international organisation.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Contributing to the development of the flood impact forecasting by modifying, adapting and running existing scripts
  • Contributing to improving exposure and vulnerability information used in pan-European flood impact forecasting
  • Setting-up, scheduling and executing flood impact forecast experiments
  • Contributing to project deliverables as required (e.g. reports, presentations, academic papers, meeting attendance, etc.)
  • Providing general support to the Environmental Forecast Team
  • Other similar duties as assigned from time to time

Personal attributes

  • Very good problem-solving skills with a proactive approach, together with an interest in identifying, investigating and solving technical problems
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong working relationships, both within and outside the team
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Open-minded attitude
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a multi-national team
  • Eager to learn

Qualifications and experience required


  • A university degree in environmental/hydrological science, physics, applied mathematics, computational science, engineering or similar is required.


  • A recent graduate.
  • Experience in developing/ maintaining computer codes would be an advantage

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Good knowledge of Python or similar language.
  • Good knowledge of UNIX and code versioning with git or similar software would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of QGIS or other GIS package would be an advantage.
  • 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) would be an advantage.

Grade remuneration

The successful candidate will be recruited at the A1 grade, according to the scales of the
Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual basic salary will be £47,420.16 net of tax. This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PS as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at
www.ecmwf.int/en/about/jobs, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and
conditions of employment.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Length of contract: Until 31 January 2022

Location: The position will be based in the Reading area, in Berkshire, United Kingdom. Successful
applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from
immigration restrictions.

Interviews for this position are expected to take place on 30 April 2020 and 1 May 2020.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
United Kingdom

EURAXESS offer ID: 508191
Posting organisation offer ID: 11411


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