Destination Earth Climate Digital Twin Operator (R2/RE2)

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Destination Earth Climate Digital Twin Operator (R2/RE2)

Closing Date

Thursday, 01 August, 2024
Reference: 370_24_ES_GES_R2/RE2
Job title: Destination Earth Climate Digital Twin Operator (R2/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.

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 atmospheric composition modelling, climate prediction, and climate services in Europe. The department is currently composed of 190 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 challenges. 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 an operator for the climate digital twin of the Destination Earth initiative. The candidate will interact with BSC-ES' research engineers and scientists and with those in other partnering institutions to ensure the production of the digital twin. For this, the candidate will maintain a close link with key members of the digital twin with similar goals and with its key developers.

Key Duties

  • Monitor the production simulations and the operational system status (climate model performance, dataflow, and workflow manager)
  • Identify and solve operational problems, implementing restart procedures and protocols to ensure that the climate digital twin production is brought back online
  • Diagnose operational issues, and suggest and put in practice measures to solve them with the rest of the team, exchanging information with colleagues
  • Lead the testing and validation of software, climate model, and system updates
  • Collaborate with the different teams involved in the climate digital twin, especially with both operators and testers, in the planning and execution of the operational system
  • Keep a record of the system operation, documenting both failures and abnormal situations
  • Update and improve the operational procedures


  • Education
    • Master's or PhD in computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics or a 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, workflow systems and scientific data
    • Experience of Linux systems and scripting languages
    • Experience in implementing operational policies and procedures will be valued
    • Experience of operational environments or IT service monitoring will be valued
    • Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued
  • Competences
    • Ability to work inpendently and to prioritise work under set deadlines
    • 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: Autumn 2024

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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