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Applied Scientist

Posted: 30 Jun 2020 Closes: 12 Jul 2020
Exeter, GB Salary DOE
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200630112429

Senior Scientist: Salary will start at £36,684with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £40,352 pa*
Scientist: Salary will start at £30,325with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260 pa*
Foundation Scientist: Salary will start at £23,673with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £26,119 pa*

*Salary quoted is based on full-time salary (37 hours) and 27.5 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays.


Customers and stakeholders are increasingly requesting information over a range of timescales in order to understand the impact of weather and climate on their interests.  The Met Office is the UK's national weather service and a centre of excellence in weather and climate science and provides scientific advice and guidance to a wide range of customers and sectors.

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented Scientist to join the Science for Impacts, Resilience & Adaptation team in the Applied Science area of the Met Office.

Applied Science focuses on helping stakeholders and customers through the application of our world renowned scientific knowledge and techniques, and the implementation of weather and climate-related products, services and consultancy. The Applied Science team work closely with the relevant experts in their field to develop and apply the most up-to-date science and technology to inform customer decision making.

The Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services is one of the UK's foremost climate change research centres. We work with partners around the globe to carry out world class research. This science is used for services which are developed together with end-users to find the most effective approach to managing climate risk. 

There is a close working relationship between the Met Office Hadley Centre and Applied Science on climate service outputs.

Additional Supplementary Information:

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited.

The Met Office is an equal employer and flexible and UK homeworking requests will be considered within operational requirements. There will be a need post COVID to attend meetings/events in Exeter on a regular basis.

These posts will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK as outlined above.

This post may require applicants to travel to conferences, training events and customer meetings within UK and possibly internationally.

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below.

Key Dates: Closing date 12/07/2020 with interviews expected Week commencing 03/08/2020. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

Job Purpose:

The Science for Impacts, Resilience and Adaptation (SIRA) team draws on and builds on the Met Office's world leading science capabilities, to create products and services that meet our customers' needs. We also undertake underpinning and innovative applied weather and climate research, to reveal and create new opportunities in customer/stakeholder relevant science and services. Our vision is to lessen the adverse impact of weather and climate, by delivering science outputs of the highest quality.

We manage and deliver a variety of projects, working across timescales, sectors, and techniques. We collaborate with a range of colleagues across the Met Office, including those in climate, business, and Government Services areas. We also work productively with external collaborators, and engage with customers and stakeholders to elicit and respond to their needs.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and apply suitable techniques for analysing and quantifying the impacts and associated risks of weather and/or climate upon the customer’s business.
  • Work with the wider Met Office team to understand current and future Met Office capabilities; identifying, developing and applying capability to address identified customer requirements.
  • Champion (Senior Scientist) / contribute towards (Scientist/Foundation Scientist) the production of project reports for customers and the publication of scientific papers based on the project outputs (as applicable).
  • Represent the Met Office at customer meetings, scientific conferences, seminars etc where the application of Met Office science (both weather and climate) need to be presented, discussed and explored.
  • Support members of the team to enhance scientific and technical capability and understanding of customer requirements. (Senior Scientist)

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A good background in meteorology/climate science, or other physical/mathematical science (Foundation Scientist) / PhD or equivalent experience in applied meteorology/applied climate science, or a related scientific discipline (Scientist) / post-doctoral research experience or equivalent level of professional experience in applied meteorology/applied climate science, or a related scientific discipline (Senior Scientist)
  2. Strong organisational skills, with demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality output successfully, both independently and as part of a team, meeting tight deadlines, planning and organising own work as required. [Additionally for Senior Scientist: evidence of planning and managing major research projects/development of customer outputs]
  3. Demonstrated clear understanding of the application of science to the development and delivery of user-relevant products, information, and services. [Additionally for Senior Scientist: evidence of planning and managing the delivery of such products, information, and services.]
  4. Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to listen actively, discuss and understand user/customer needs, and propose appropriate and innovative solutions to address those needs
  5. Strong oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate complex scientific and/or technical information clearly and effectively to a range of audiences
  6. Experience in using software applications for data processing and visualisation, and/or experience in using of object-orientated programming languages (e.g. Python), for delivery of solutions to users, customers or colleagues

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of any of the following sectors: energy, transport, agriculture, defence, health
  2. Experience of analysing geophysical hazards (e.g. wind, flood, heatwave, wildfire) OR experience in undertaking statistical analysis (e.g. of extreme events)
  3. Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging weather science and/or climate science and/or and implications for decision making

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