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[Met-jobs] Systems Analyst for the Data Handling System, ECMWF

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:18:30 +0000

Date of Issue: 27 August 2014

FUNCTION:       Systems Analyst for the Data Handling System 
(Interviews for this position are expected to take place during week beginning 
27 October 2014)
GRADE:  A2, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations.
LOCATION:       ECMWF Headquarters at Shinfield Park, near Reading, Berkshire, 
United Kingdom.
        The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an 
international organisation supported by 34 States.*
ECMWF’s principal objectives are the development of numerical methods for 
medium-range, monthly and seasonal weather forecasting; the preparation, on a 
regular basis, of these weather forecasts for distribution to the 
meteorological services of the Member States; scientific and technical research 
directed to the improvement of these forecasts; and the collection and storage 
of appropriate meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide 
the information for up-to-date global analyses and reanalyses of the 
atmosphere, ocean and surface. For details see:

ECMWF’s main computing facility includes supercomputers, archiving and data 
handling systems. ECMWF is connected to the meteorological telecommunication 
system and to its Member States via efficient networks linking 44 countries. A 
detailed description is available at:
ECMWF operates a large-scale Data Handling System (DHS), in which all ECMWF 
users can store and retrieve data needed to support both weather forecasting 
research and the production, on a regular basis, of weather forecasts for 
distribution to the meteorological services of the Member States. Today this 
system holds over 70 petabytes of primary data, with a further 17 petabytes of 
essential data duplicated in the on-site disaster recovery system. 
Approximately 100 terabytes of new data is added each day.
The underlying storage software management is IBM’s High Performance Storage 
System (HPSS). HPSS provides a tiered storage system using IBM pSeries and x86 
servers to provide access to over two petabytes of disk storage and four Oracle 
SL8500 tape libraries with more than 200 enterprise tape drives. An IBM TS3500 
tape library with LTO tape drives is housed in a separate building at ECMWF to 
provide extra layers of resiliency.

MAIN DUTIES:    The post is in the Data Handling System team in the High 
Performance Computing & Storage Section of ECMWF’s Computing Department. 
The DHS team supports the data archive. The successful applicant will work as 
part of a small team that ensures the system continues to provide the high 
levels of service that are expected. 
The main duties of the post include:
•       assisting with the management of the overall DHS archive and its 
infrastructure, the installation and configuration of both Linux and AIX 
operating systems and the various data management software applications used at 
ECMWF (currently HPSS, DB2 and TSM);
•       working closely with engineers when new hardware is installed, in order 
to configure, test and evaluate the hardware and bring it into production in a 
timely fashion;
•       providing day-to-day support for the DHS, which entails periodic 
24-hour on-call support;
•       providing scripting services for the DHS team, in particular:
o       providing monitoring and administration tools, as well as documentation 
and training, to enable the effective and efficient running of the DHS service 
to be maintained;
o       providing analysis tools for ascertaining trends and patterns in the 
use of the DHS, principally for capacity analysis and planning;
•       assisting in the research and evaluation of new types of servers, 
automated tape libraries, peripheral devices and media, which may involve 
liaising with the development teams of various vendors and providing input for 
the long-range strategic planning of the DHS facilities.
QUALIFICATIONS: A university education to degree standard or equivalent is 
Experience in one or more of the following areas is advantageous:
•       Experience with IBM’s HPSS and DB2
•       Experience with other large-scale data archiving systems such as 
SAM/QFS, DMF, StorNext, TSM etc. and their underlying databases
•       Administration of a collection of servers running Linux and AIX 
operating systems
Applicants should show initiative and have good analytical skills; the 
flexibility to adapt to changing organisational priorities and needs; the 
commitment, enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to work with colleagues in a 
small team; and the ability to work under pressure when the timeliness of a 
resolution to a problem is critical.
The working languages of ECMWF are English, French and German. Candidates must 
be able to work effectively in English. A good knowledge of one of the other 
working languages would be desirable. Interviews will be conducted in English.
ECMWF has an Equal Opportunities Policy and applications from all suitably 
qualified candidates are welcome.
Staff are usually recruited from among nationals of the Member States and 
Co-operating States. However, applications from highly qualified candidates who 
come from other countries will be considered.
REMUNERATION:   The successful candidate will be recruited at the A2 grade and 
the annual basic salary will be £52,822 net of tax. This position is assigned 
to the employment category STF C as defined in the Staff Regulations.
Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website 
at, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations 
regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

STARTING DATE:  1 January 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.
LENGTH OF CONTRACT:     Maximum of four years for initial contract, with the 
possibility of renewal.
APPLICATIONS:   Please apply by completing the online application form 
available at
All applications for this position must be sent through the online application 
CLOSING DATE:   The closing date for this position is Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

        * The ECMWF Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, 
France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, 
Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United 

        The ECMWF Co-operating States are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, 
Estonia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, 

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