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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 5 April 2021 Recruitment Completed

Scientific Officer (Surface-based remote sensing and radar)


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 2 years

Observing Network Design, Evolution and Implementation (ONDEI) Unit, Observing Network and Measurement (ONM) Division
Infrastructure Department
WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the supervision of the Scientific Officer on Observing Networks, working with and supporting the INFCOM Standing Committees on Earth Observing Systems and Monitoring Networks (SC-ON), Measurements, Instrumentation and Traceability (SC-MINT), and on Information Management and Technology (SC-IMT), and their subordinate bodies, and in close consultation with the regional associations, WMO Members and operational data users, the incumbent will assume responsibility for and coordination of WMO activities relating to surface-based remote-sensing systems with a particular focus on operational weather radar, and perform the following duties:

(a) Support and coordinate development, design and implementation of international and regional operational weather radar networks;

(b) Contribute to and coordinate the development, implementation and documentation of operational weather radar and other remote-sensing systems international data representation standards and exchange practices;

(c) Promote regional and sub-regional data exchange of weather radar data and archiving for operational and climate applications, and liaise with relevant parties (e.g. regional associations, EUMETNET OPERA), including data users;

(d) Coordinate the development, publication and maintenance of best practices, standards, regulations and guidance for operation of surface-based remote-sensing systems;

(e) In the context of the WIGOS framework, support and coordinate WMO initiatives, projects and training programmes related to capacity development relevant to surface-based remote-sensing systems and networks and their compliance to WIGOS standards;

(f) Contribute to the WMO radio frequency management activities (including interference) related to frequency bands allocated by ITU;

(g) Prepare, review and edit reports prepared by experts related to the activities of the INFCOM and its subordinate bodies;

(h) Support other relevant WMO bodies as appropriate;

(i) Contribute to the preparation of division and department plans and budgets relating to INFCOM and Secretariat activities and operations;

(j) Collaborate with other international organizations (such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and HMEI) on matters of common interest;

(k) Carry out other relevant duties as required.


Master's degree or equivalent in meteorology, physics, mathematics, geology, geography or geophysics, or a closely related field. A PhD in one or other of the above sciences would be an advantage.

At least five years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in a National Meteorological or Hydrological Service (NMHS) or similar institute in activities related to operational surface-based remote sensing. Proven experience in the design, implementation and operation of radar and/or other remote-sensing measurement networks. Extensive practical experience and knowledge of surface-based remote-sensing systems, signal and data processing, derivation and utilization of radar data products, quality management, data formats and exchange practices and methodologies. Experience in developing and using remote-sensing satellite products for validation for ground-based radar data and products would be an advantage. Experience in cooperation of international weather radar data exchange would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Familiarity with the Programmes and activities of WMO. Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, initiative, originality of ideas; capacity for planning, organizing and managing work programmes. Experience in planning and organizing large meetings and international projects in cooperation with national and international research programmes and partners. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, analytical and managerial skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Proven ability to draft reports, documents and correspondence. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). Knowledge of other official languages of the Organization would be an advantage.

(Note: The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
Possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds and pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 64121

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 50591 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom WMO has a further interest will be contacted.
Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 8 March 2021

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