Atmospheric Sciences Officer (P-4)

Atmospheric Sciences Officer (P-4)

CTBTO Preparatory Commission

Vienna, Austria

Organizational Setting

This position is located in the International Data Centre (IDC) Division that collects, processes and analyses monitoring data originating from the facilities of the International Monitoring System (IMS). These are based on four different sensor technologies (seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound and radionuclide).

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Head, Scientific Methods Unit, to:

Duties and Responsibilties

  • Oversee the ensemble of activities in atmospheric transport modelling at the IDC;
  • Prioritize and coordinate implementation, testing and integration of improvements and innovations in the domain of meteorological and atmospheric transport modelling across the IDC;
  • Analyse the needs and investigate the means of enhancement of the aforementioned capabilities to serve expert technical analysis, data fusion and activities of other technical divisions in the Organization;
  • In collaboration with other sections, divisions and experts from States Signatories, define new capabilities and products supporting analysis of radionuclide detections in the IMS network;
  • Determine and define requirements for IDC Atmospheric Science software development, improvement and operation;
  • Specify the scope of work and provide guidance to staff, consultants and contractors providing Atmospheric Science software implementation;
  • Keep abreast of the state-of-the-art in meteorological and atmospheric transport modelling by interacting with the scientific community and operational meteorological and environmental agencies and examine their potential for use at the IDC;
  • Perform in-depth atmospheric transport analyses and scientific investigations when triggered internally or by States Signatories;
  • Provide guidance and training to trainees assigned to the IDC;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in meteorology, physics, applied mathematics or in an area of study relevant to the scope of work.

Work Experience

  • At least seven years working experience at the national or international level in the field of operational atmospheric dispersion and/or meteorology.
  • Sound understanding of atmospheric phenomena.
  • Experience with numerical programming in a language such a FORTRAN, C or Python, Unix/Linux operating systems and Structured Query Language (SQL) to analyse scientific data.
  • Expert knowledge and research experience in atmospheric dispersion of tracers is an asset.
  • Familiarity with parallel/concurrent computing concepts and hands-on experience with running scientific software on a parallel/concurrent computing platform is an asset.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential.
  • Knowledge of other languages is desirable.


  • Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Communication- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Planning and organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts printouts as requested; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently
  • Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
  • Client orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.
  • Commitment to continuous learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
  • Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness to learn new technology.

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