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[Met-jobs] Scientific Programmer Impact-based Nowcasting

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Scientific Programmer Impact-based Nowcasting

80%-100%, Locarno, temporary

The Center for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM) is an extra-departmental centre of ETH enabling weather and climate modelling at Zurich research institutions. It is a joint venture between ETH Zurich, MeteoSwiss, Empa, WSL, and Agroscope. Together with the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, we are seeking a scientific programmer to join a team of forecast developers at MeteoSwiss in order to investigate impact-based nowcasting and compare two nowcasting chains.

The Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss is the Swiss national meteorological service. We collect meteorological and climatic data and make forecasts for our country. We make a lasting contribution to the well-being of the population and provide services that benefit the economy, science and the environment. The work place will be based in the southern regional centre of MeteoSwiss in Locarno, as a joint development between the teams "Radar, satellite and nowcasting" and "Development of forecasting".

Job description

The successful candidate will:

  • Install, adapt and run a prototype of the next generation nowcasting chain for Switzerland, which shall be able to run both in real-time and in reprocessing mode and allow collaborative development according to current technology standards.
  • Undertake a full comparative analysis between the current nowcasting system and the new one. A special focus will be dedicated to those weather parameters and thresholds that are relevant to weather warnings. This will involve producing forecasts over a past period that includes multiple warning events.
  • Integrate the nowcasting chain with the CLIMADA impact modelling platform in order to assess socio-economic impacts of weather events such as heavy precipitation and surface runoff.

We offer the opportunity of an engaging position to develop a scientific software in close collaboration with MeteoSwiss and the Austrian Meteorological Service. Moreover, this work will contribute to designing the future operational nowcasting system and warning chain at MeteoSwiss. The position is available from January 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter). This is a fixed-term position of for two years. The workplace is at MeteoSwiss in Locarno.

Your profile

  • You have a PhD in Atmospheric Science, Physics, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • You have relevant experience in processing weather data, especially produced by numerical weather prediction models or nowcasting systems.
  • You have outstanding programming skills in both Python and R, including some experience in software development.  
  • Some experience with impact-based warnings and forecast verification will be considered an advantage.
  • Experience with versioning systems like GIT and with container technology like Docker, Kubernetes, Openshift would be an additional asset.
  • To round off your profile, you are a goal-driven individual used to work independently, but you are also team- and service-oriented, who enjoys contributing to a diverse working environment.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


Applications including a letter of interest, a CV, and the names and contact information of 2–3 references will be given full consideration. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Matteo Buzzi at (no applications). For further questions regarding C2SM, please contact the executive director Dr. Christina Schnadt Poberaj (



Mark Liniger

Head Development of Forecasting


Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss


Operation Center 1 | P.O. Box | CH-8058 Zurich-Airport

Phone: +41 58 460 93 27


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