Minimize Fire Forecasting Products Scientist

Date added: 22 August 2019

Organisation: ECMWF

Location: Reading, United Kingdom


ECMWF seeks to recruit a Remote Sensing and Thematic Image Processing Expert to focus on the the development of new products to enlarge the portfolio of what is already available. The post-holder will investigate the availability of newly available remote observation (in terms for example of fuel load, soil moisture, active fires) and model outputs (as for example lightning prediction and atmospheric instability indices) to complement the information provided by classical fire danger indices.

Role Activities:

  • Lead the deployment of new products that fully explore the potential of the availability of
  • both new observations and new weather forecast parameters.
  • Lead the work necessary to generate impact-oriented products for fire forecasting. • Collaborate with other scientists to develop products that fully exploit the probabilistic
  • information contained in the ensemble prediction system.
  • Engage with scientists and operators to understand the workflow associated with the
  • forecast production and offer technical solutions related to product generation.
  • Participate in training activities and provide second line of support to the flood and fire
  • forecast systems.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leading the development of the new impact-oriented products for fire forecasting, taking into
  • consideration user requirements and operational constraints
  • Ensuring all developments are compatible with operations and have appropriate levels of
  • optimisation and reliability
  • Monitoring the generation of products and solving problems as they arise, using operational
  • tools, procedures and internal expertise
  • Supporting the team in other tasks related to the analysis of product quality
  • Contributing to documentation and training of users as required.

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to communicate with and understand the complex requirements of scientists, engineers
  • and professional staff
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive approach
  • An interest in identifying, investigating and resolving technical problems
  • Ability to work in a heterogeneous working environment
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing organisational priorities and user needs
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a small team
  • Committed to helping users in their work.

Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply.

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