Research Support Engineer - Data Curation and Development of Diagnostics (RE1)

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Research Support Engineer - Data Curation and Development of Diagnostics (RE1)

Closing Date

Thursday, 30 June, 2022
Reference: 206_22_ES_CP_RE1
Job title: Research Support Engineer - Data Curation and Development of Diagnostics (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 770 staff from 55 countries.

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Context And Mission

This position is hosted by the Climate Prediction Group within BSC's Earth Science Department. The Climate Prediction Group undertakes fundamental research to (1) understand climate variability and change, including for climate extremes, (2) investigate global biogeochemical dynamics, effectiveness and impacts of carbon removal technologies to mitigate climate change, (3) developing new Earth System modeling capabilities, and (4) improving our ability to forecast the climate variations from one month to multiple decades into the future, both at global an regional scales.

The successful candidate will play a central role in data dissemination and the development of process-based diagnostics to assist in the different scientific analyses and activities performed by the group. This will include post-processing the data of the simulations and observations to be analysed, to ensure that they meet the requirements to (1) shared through different data dissemination portals and (2) be read by the different tools and languages used in the group for data analysis. The candidate is expected to develop strong skills in the use of these data analysis tools and languages, in order to assist the other members of the group in the development and use of diagnostics.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with different specialists (i.e. ocean and atmospheric dynamics, land vegetation and ocean biogeochemistry) both within the group and outside, through our international network of research collaborations. The successful candidate will also benefit from scientific and technical training and an international multidisciplinary working environment, a solid computing infrastructure, world-class software and climate data libraries, and advanced training on technical and scientific topics and career development.

We encourage applications from highly motivated candidates with proven experience in climate data analysis and modelling. Applications from data scientists, computer engineers, and climate researchers are welcome. We are committed to promote gender equality and equal opportunities at all levels and hence encourage women and underrepresented groups to apply.

Key Duties

  • Assist in the post-processing of model outputs and observational datasets to comply with CMOR/CMIP standards and the needs of the department
  • Prepare data for its publication and dissemination through different channels (ESGF, EUDAT, etc.)
  • Provide key support to users when they develop and run diagnostics
  • Develop new diagnostics, and transcribe other existing ones to the languages, packages and tools supported in the Earth Science department
  • Assist in the publication of the diagnostics as open source code


  • Education
    • Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics or related discipline. Advanced degrees and experience in meteorology/oceanography will be considered an asset.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Excellent computing skills in high-level computer languages (especially python and R) and data processing/visualitation tools
    • Experience working with numerical models of ocean, atmosphere and other Earth System components
    • Experience with UNIX/LINUX environments, scripting languages (e.g. bash) and debugging tools
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience with revision control systems (e.g., SVN or Git) will be valued
    • Experience with ESMValtool and other python-based analysis tools will be valued
  • Competences
    • Very good interpersonal skills
    • Fluency in English
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • 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 - Indefinite (conditioned on funding availability) 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: As soon as possible, ideally before the summer 2022

Applications procedure and process

All applications must be made through BSC website and contain:

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

    In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

    The panel will make a final decision and all candidates who had contacts with them will receive a feedback with details on the acceptance or rejection of their profile.

    At BSC we are seeking continuous improvement in our recruitment processes, for any suggestions or feedback/complaints about our Recruitment Processes, please contact recruitment [at] bsc [dot] es.

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  • Deadline

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

    OTM-R principles for selection processes

    BSC-CNS is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment principles (OTM-R). This is applied for any potential candidate in all our processes, for example by creating gender-balanced recruitment planels and recognizing career breaks etc.
    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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    Application Form

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