Technical coordinator - Climate Digital Twin (RE2)

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Technical coordinator - Climate Digital Twin (RE2)

Closing Date

Thursday, 01 August, 2024
Reference: 219_24_ES_GES_RE2
Job title: Technical coordinator - Climate Digital Twin (RE2)

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, was a founding and hosting member of the former European HPC infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), and is now hosting entity for EuroHPC JU, the Joint Undertaking that leads large-scale investments and HPC provision in Europe. 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 1000 staff from 60 countries.

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We are particularly interested for this role in the strengths and lived experiences of women and underrepresented groups to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights in science and IT research. In instances of equal merit, the incorporation of the under-represented sex will be favoured.

We promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, fostering an environment where each and every one of us is appreciated for who we are, regardless of our differences.

If you consider that you do not meet all the requirements, we encourage you to continue applying for the job offer. We value diversity of experiences and skills, and you could bring unique perspectives to our team.

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 groups in air quality and atmospheric composition modelling, climate prediction and climate services in Europe. The department is currently composed of 170 people, including scientists and technical and support staff, and is structured in five distinct but interacting research groups: Atmospheric Composition (AC), Climate Variability and Change (CVC), Earth System Services (ESS), Global Health Resilience (GHR), and Computational Earth Sciences (CES).

BSC-ES is developing different aspects of a digital replica of the Earth for climate adaptation based on a global climate model that can perform climate simulations at unprecedented resolutions. The development and use of this model open substantial technical and scientific obstacles. Besides, this tool is co-developed with a number of users with a broad range of profiles who will inform about the socio-economic priorities for the adaptation to climate change at regional and local scales.

The Earth-Sciences department is looking for a technical coordinator to plan, monitor and manage the technical activities related to its digital replica of the Earth. The candidate will interact with Earth Sciences research engineers and scientists as well as other BSC departments involved in the project. Moreover, the candidate will maintain the link with other members of a number of European consortia with similar interests and goals.

The candidate will operate under the Computational Earth Sciences group managers. This role could involve frequent travel within Europe.

Key Duties

  • Coordinate the BSC activities related to the technical development, testing, execution/operation, and documentation of the digital replica of the Earth
  • Identify priorities, find gaps in the plan and contribute to the short and medium term digital replica strategy to ensure objectives are met
  • Monitor the use of supercomputing and storage resources and liaise with the contract owner
  • Interact with the rest of the consortium that develops the digital replica
  • Revise all reports and deliverables to ensure that they have sufficient quality
  • Support the group and team responsibles in the implementation of the digital replica activities


  • Education
    • Having a Master's or PhD in Computer Science, Physics engineering, Mathematics, Physics or related discipline
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Demonstrated experience in implementing research projects with a strong technical component
    • Proven experience in using high-performance computing platforms
    • Ability to develop strong relationships and excellent steering skills
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience in the use of climate models and the tools required for climate data analysis will be valued
    • Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued
  • Competences
    • Ability to work independently, and to prioritize and work under set deadlines and pressure
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Good set of interpersonal skills to interact and build strong relations with a diverse set of people
    • Ability to work in a professional environment and within a multidisciplinary research team
    • Good problem-solving skills and a proactive approach to new obstacles


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
  • Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement
  • 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 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 a 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 panels 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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