Junior Software Engineer - evaluation and quality control of climate data (RE1)

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Junior Software Engineer - evaluation and quality control of climate data (RE1)

Closing Date

Thursday, 31 December, 2020
Reference: 376_20_ES_CES_RE1
Job title: Junior Software Engineer - evaluation and quality control of climate data (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 650 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

Within the Copernicus Climate Climate Change Service (C3S), the Evaluation and Quality Control (EQC) function plays a critical role to ensure that the service meets the needs of a range of users for high-quality data and information, and in proposing the necessary evolution of the service itself, while shaping the research agenda to attend the most important challenges detected.

The Earth Sciences Department of the BSC is in charge of developing and implementing a system to evaluate the quality of the operational data from the C3S, both observations, seasonal forecasts, and climate projections, as well as the quality of the toolbox and the whole service.

The successful applicant will join the BSC Computational Earth Sciences group to help with the practical implementation of such an evaluation system based on the work done in the previous projects.
Moreover, the applicant will contribute to the implementation of the ongoing strategy to develop the Earth Sciences Department tools, thereby increasing the applicability and international visibility—and hence the impact—of the research coming out of the current and future projects.

Key Duties

  • Enhance the C3S data quality checks software suite
  • Manage the operational workflow of the data checkers
  • Participate in the development of software solutions for other projects from the Earth Sciences department


  • Education
    • BSc in computer science, telecommunications or a related discipline
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and scripting languages (bash, python, etc.)
    • Good programming skills to manage big and collaborative projects and experience with git
    • Knowledge of workflow design is not necessary but will be valued
    • Knowledge of climate data formats (GRIB, NetCDF) is not necessary but will be valued
  • Competences
    • Capacity to interact and build strong relations with both climate and computer scientists
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to take initiatives, prioritize the tasks and work under set deadlines
    • Ability to work both independently and within a team
    • Ability to learn and adapt to multiple programming languages easily
    • Fluency in English, both speaking and writing


  • 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 - 6M 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.

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.
This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.

Application Form

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