Three job opportunities at the Royal Meteorological Institute for developing an On-demand Extremes Digital Twin

The Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) plans to hire new staff to contribute to the Destination Earth (DestinE) project.

Destination Earth (DestinE), is an ambitious initiative of the European Union to create a digital twin – an interactive computer simulation – of our planet. Using an unprecedented amount of data, innovative Earth system models and cutting-edge computing, Destination Earth will allow users to explore interactively the different components of the Earth system and natural and human-induced change. They will be able to look at the past and present and to test and develop future scenarios. The ECMWF, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) are the three organizations entrusted by the EU to achieve this unprecedented endeavor for climate, weather and computing sciences. 

The ECMWF launched a procurement procedure for the development of the DE_330 On-demand Extremes Digital Twin in March 2022. Under the lead of Météo-France an international team composed of 28 environmental institutes and national weather services, including the RMI, proposed a bid for this Invitation To Tender (ITT). This bid was positively evaluated on 24 June 2022 and currently undergoes a negotiation phase after which the contract may be signed by Météo-France and its 27  subcontractors.

This DE_330 On-demand Extremes Digital Twin consortium plans to develop a solution for making on-demand configurable digital twin engines for forecasting of environmental extremes at the sub-km scale. It will provide a workflow of high resolution prediction systems of extreme weather events, combined with decision-making support for impact sectors including hydrology, air quality and energy meteorology. It will rely on physics-based and data driven model systems and computationally-intensive dataflows organized on the EuroHPC high performance computer platforms. At the end of the first phase of Destination Earth this prototype production environment will be used to demonstrate the On-demand EXtremes Digital Twin (DT) engines. This work will be done in close collaboration with the ECMWF.

The RMI plans to contribute to the On-demand Extremes Digital Twin project on the following topics: setup of the IT environment of the future Digital Twin (DT), code adaptations for GPUs, adaptation of the physics parameterizations for running at hyper-resolution (sub-kilometer scale), development and implementation of statistical postprocessing techniques, modeling of air pollution and development of applications for wind energy.

                  

If the negotiation phase is successful and after the signature of the contract, the RMI will strengthen its staff with three scientists to contribute to the above-mentioned topics.

Specialist in the computational aspects of numerical weather prediction

Job function

You will:

  • work closely together with RMI,  On-demand Extremes Digital Twin and ECMWF staff;
  • contribute to the RMI team to the necessary code adaptations to run the NWP model on GPU computing infrastructures;   
  • contribute to the implementation of the GPU adapted codes with the future setup of the Digital Twin on EuroHPC platforms within the scripting and workflow tools;
  • contribute to the capability demonstration of the On-demand Extremes Digital Twin.

Your profile

  • You have a master or PhD degree in physics, mathematics, computer science or civil engineering or equivalent.
  • You have junior to mid-career working experience in numerical analysis and/or numerical weather prediction
  • You have experience with numerical weather prediction models and/or climate models.
  • You have experience with high-performance computing (HPC), including parallellism, scripting and workflow tools.
  • You are able to write technical reports and documentation.
  • You are willing to make international travels.
  • Experience with openMP and openACC directive code parallellizations will be considered as an asset.
  • Experience with code parsers will be considered as an asset.
  • Experience with code profiling will be considered as an asset.

Specialist in modeling for numerical weather prediction

Job function

  • You will help to implement a new multilevel surface model with the code the  On-demand Extremes Digital Twin.
  • You will help to implement the  DT with on-demand and configurable capability with special care for its feasibility on diverse HPC platforms.

Your profile

  • You have a master or PhD in physics, mathematics or civil engineering or equivalent.
  • You have a good knowledge of physics parameterizations in numerical weather predictions.
  • You have junior to mid-career working experience (not more than 15 years) in numerical analysis and/or numerical weather prediction.
  • Experience with surface modeling will be considered as an asset.
  • Experience with setting up and running of NWP or climate models model
  • You are able to write technical reports and documentation.
  • You are willing to make international travels.

Specialist in postprocessing of NWP output

Job function

You will:

  • develop a postprocessing framework on the European Weather Cloud interfacing the raw NWP model outputs and the finalized probabilistic products;
  • contribute to the development of statistical postprocessing techniques to provide corrected forecasts, together with their uncertainties.

Your profile

  • You have a master of a PhD degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, or civil and bio- engineering.
  • You have a good knowledge and interest in the use of computing infrastructure (Linux, Dockerization) and programming languages  (Fortran, Python…).
  • You have a good knowledge and interest in statistical techniques (Machine Learning and/or classical techniques). 
  • Experience in the statistical postprocessing of weather forecasts is an additional asset.
  • You are able to write reports and documentation.
  • You are willing to make international travels.

We offer

  • You will work at the RMI. You can find a description of working at the RMI here.
  • For the     three positions we offer a contract starting from October 1st at the earliest to the end of the project in April 2024. 
  • Successful candidates will get a salary scale depending on whether they have a PhD or not, i.e. SW2 (for a PhD) or SW1 (master level).

Gender equality & gender mainstreaming

In February 2022, the RMI adopted a Gender Equality Plan (GEP). This is an action plan to promote gender equality and gender mainstreaming within the RMI. Through this GEP, the RMI commits itself in a formal and/or substantial way to contribute to the realization of gender equality through efforts on two fronts: internally at the level of the Institute and externally through increased cooperation and exchanges with BELSPO and the other Federal Scientific Institutes. Moreover, the implementation of a GEP is an important criteria when submitting national and international research projects.

The actions of this plan will be evaluated and adapted on a yearly basis, so that the dynamics created can continuously evolve. The RMI is proud to be able to build a professional and scientific environment that is increasingly inclusive and responsive to today's societal challenges.

Application procedure

This position is conditional upon the results of the negotiation phase and signature of the contract between ECMWF and Météo-France and subcontract between Météo-France and the RMI. If this will happen the project will start in September 2022. Interested candidates are already invited to express their interest by sending their CV and a letter of interest, before 31 August 23:59 to Mrs. Béatrice Libioulle (beatrice.libioulle@meteo.be) and Mrs. Xuan-Quynh Le (xuan-quynh.le@meteo.be). Please also specify for which of the above-mentioned positions you would like to apply.

 

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