Research support engineer - Atmospheric composition data curation (RE1)

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Research support engineer - Atmospheric composition data curation (RE1)

Closing Date

Friday, 16 April, 2021
Reference: 102_21_ES_AC_RE1
Job title: Research support engineer - Atmospheric composition data curation (RE1)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 700 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

Within the Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Atmospheric Composition (AC) group aims at better understanding and predicting the spatiotemporal variations of atmospheric pollutants along with their effects upon air quality, weather and climate. The AC group develops the Multiscale Online Non-hydrostatic AtmospheRe CHemistry model (MONARCH). MONARCH contains advanced chemistry and aerosol packages, and is coupled online with the Non-hydrostatic Multiscale Model (NMMB), which allows for running either global or high-resolution (convection-allowing) regional simulations, and is coupled with an aerosol data assimilation system based on the Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter. The group contributes to a variety of forecasting activities. The dust component of MONARCH runs operationally at the first WMO Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast (i.e., the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center, BDFC), and contributes to multi-model ensemble forecasts both at the WMO Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System Regional Center (WMO SDS-WAS RC) for Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP). Both WMO Regional Centers are co-hosted by BSC and the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET). The group also develops and maintains the CALIOPE air quality system (“CALIdad del aire Operacional Para España”), which provides high-resolution air quality forecasts over Europe and Spain using the in-house emission model HERMESv3.

The AC group searches for one junior research support engineer willing to work on the data curation process of the group data archive. The models and forecasts are enhanced by an intensive use of up-to-date observations, both for model evaluation and to feed the aerosol ensemble-based data assimilation system. The position will support systematic and detailed maintenance of the data used/produced by the group. The successful applicant will work closely with researchers of the group and research scientists from the Computational Earth Sciences group and collaborate in ongoing projects. Support in the execution and monitoring of experiments intensive in data production is also expected.

Key Duties

  • Data curation of a wide range of observational datasets, model reanalysis products and model experiment results
  • Apply existent solutions or program automated procedures to detect missing files, variables, layers, timeframes, or corrupted data
  • Analyze datasets by means of computed standardized diagnostics
  • Support researchers in the execution and monitoring of complex model experiments (ensemble data assimilation runs)
  • Close collaboration with research engineers of the Department to apply in-house solution in the data curation process
  • Interact with atmospheric composition scientists to understand and respond to their needs


  • Education
    • A graduate degree in the physical sciences or engineering (e.g., Chemistry, Meteorology, Physics, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering)
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience with data manipulation and analysis
    • Experience in programming in Python, FORTRAN and R
    • Experience with UNIX/LINUX environments
    • Knowledge with Earth Modelling file types (NetCDF, HDF5, GRIB…) will be valued
    • Experience in similar fields will be valued
  • Competences
    • Capacity to interact with both atmospheric compositon and computer scientists
    • Fluent English, both written and spoken
    • Ability to take initiative, prioritize 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, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 12 months 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: 01/05/2021

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.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.

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