Research Scientist in Climate Data Quality Control (R2)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2020

Context And Mission

The Department of Earth Sciences of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), BSC-ES henceforth (, ) is one of the most active departments in Europe in atmospheric composition modelling, climate prediction, climate services and the IT aspects to make that research possible and efficient.

The department is currently composed of about 75 people, including scientists and technical and support staff, and is structured in four distinct but interacting research groups: Atmospheric Composition (AC), Climate Prediction (CP), Earth System Services (ESS), and Computational Earth Sciences (CES). The BSC-ES leads or is involved in a number of collaborative projects and service contracts with a large number of partners, both nationally and internationally.

The BSC-ES is looking for a Research Scientist in Climate Data Quality Control to perform basic assessment of the climate datasets served by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

Key Duties

The successful applicant will join the BSC-ES to perform basic scientific and technical assessment of datasets served by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

The primary focus will be on the assessment of well-established networks of observations (e.g. radio-soundings for temperature and wind profiles) using the methodologies and workflows defined in the C3S_512 contract.

The incumbent will also assess reanalysis and seasonal forecast datasets. Moreover, the candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the assessment workflows and methodologies that ensure that the highest quality is held in the most important climate data repository in Europe.



  • MSc in physical sciences, applied mathematics, environmental engineering, or a related discipline. A PhD (or equivalent in terms of experience) is considered useful but it is not strictly required.

Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience

  • At least 1 year of experience in quantitative analysis of atmospheric and/or ocean climate data
  • Knowledge of data documentation and validation
  • Experience in handling and interpreting scientific data
  • Experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and scripting languages

Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience

  • Participation in research or operational climate data handling projects
  • Experience in data quality control methodologies


  • Capacity to interact and build strong relations with both climate and computer scientists
  • Written and oral communication skills in English
  • Ability to take initiatives, prioritize the tasks and work under set deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team


The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department.

We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, full support to the relocation procedures.

Duration: Temporary - 1 year renewable

Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona

Starting date: ASAP

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

A full CV in English including contact details


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

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