Copernicus Climate Expert Engineer (18-13-033)

Job Description

Our client EUMETSAT, in coordination with the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), has developed a list of Essential Climate Variable (ECVs) that largely describe the climate system. The Process Assurance and Management Support Division within the Technical and Scientific Support Department provides technical support to the Climate Service unit for this task.

We are looking for someone to provide managerial and technical support to activities related to the management of the contributions of data set providers to the ECV Inventory and their assessment by the gap analysis teams. Your tasks will include:

  • Quality control and achievement of scientific and technical correctness and consistency of the updates to the ECV Inventory interacting with data providers worldwide. This includes the development of a regular update mechanism for the inventory content incorporating inputs from the data providers.
  • Assessment of the ECV Inventory readiness for the gap analysis process.
  • Coordination of and participation in inventory and gap analysis activities of the Working Group Climate ensuring full awareness within the gap analysis team of the required documentation outputs from the gap analysis and schedules.
  • Analysis of results of the gap analysis for specific priority areas considering ECV interrelationships.
  • Compilation of the gap analysis results.
  • Provision of support to the generation of a coordinated action plan to address gaps, improvement opportunities, etc.
  • Cross-fertilisation/promotion of gap analysis best practices amongst the expert teams supporting the gap analysis.
  • Improvements of the Working Group Climate web page and input to technical improvements of the ECV Inventory.
  • Compilation of technical notes and presentations to the CEOS/CGMS WG Climate.
  • Attendance at meetings of the Joint CEOS/CGMS Working Group Climate including responsibility for minutes of such meetings.
  • Global travel may be requested for certain activities.

Required Skills and Experience

Knowledge and experience with the following is considered essential:

  • Good understanding of satellite remote sensing related to climate including the GCOS framework of Essential Climate Variables.
  • Familiarity with the activities of the CEOS/CGMS Working Group Climate and its ECV Inventory.
  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated ability to analyse complex processes.
  • Demonstrable experience in active participation in/coordination of international projects.
  • Experience in consolidating, compiling and editing complex technical reports.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.

Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany


Start of Work: October 2018

Application Deadline: 30 July 2018

Important Notes

Before applying to this position, please read the page How to Apply.
Applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid work and residence permit for the above-mentioned work location.
Security, identity and reference checks on the candidates are part of the recruitment process.

Job Application

Please send your applications electronically to before the application deadline 30 July 2018.