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Defence Applications Scientist (1 x permanent & 1 fixed term)

Posted: 5 Jul 2019 Closes: 28 Jul 2019
Exeter, GB Successful applicants will start on the minimum salary - please see advert for more details
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20190705113851

The Met Office, as a global authority in meteorology, produces and delivers weather forecasts from a range of numerical weather prediction models which are used to generate a wide array of products for customers worldwide.

The Defence Applications team develops capability to enable defence customers to manage and exploit the impact of weather, oceanography and climate while on operations and in peacetime. It provides both products and consultancy to deliver impact advice in a way that is meaningful to military planners. The team works closely with many different areas of the Met Office, including scientific, business, meteorology and IT experts, and has frequent contact with defence customers.

We have one permanent post and one temporary maternity back-fill post. Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited.

Personal Benefits include flexible working, generous leave allowance, free parking, free tea and coffee. There are numerous clubs and activities, a restaurant, cafe and a gym on-site.

RD004 Foundation Scientist £23,673-£26,119*

RD006 Scientist £30,325-£33,260*

RD005 Senior Scientist £ 36,684 -£40,352*

*Salary quoted is based on full-time salary (37 hours) and 27.5 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays. Employees can buy or sell up to 5 days leave if full-time or for part-time staff up to their weekly contracted hours.

Job Purpose:

To translate the Met Office’s scientific expertise and modelling capabilities of the atmosphere and ocean into information that directly supports decision-making for MoD, UK Armed Forces and allied international partners.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Proto-typing of new scientific developments across radar, electro-optics and acoustics for exploitation through Tactical Decision Aids (TDAs).
  • Researching and developing very high-resolution NWP modelling solutions for defence customers.
  • Undertaking defence related meteorological consultancy work, both for UK and international customers using weather and climate information.
  • Developing and supporting platforms for stand-alone running of TDAs and test-beds for scientific changes to TDAs

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. A good honours degree in a physical-/mathematics-based science (2.1 or above) or demonstration of equivalent experience. For Scientist level, relevant PhD or equivalent research experience. Significant experience for Senior Scientist.
2. An ability to apply quality scientific analysis and mathematical skills to a research problem. This will include the ability to recognise potential for scientific investigations and to learn and apply new techniques or knowledge.
• Foundation Scientist and Scientist: able to apply methods with the support of a more experienced scientist.
• Senior Scientist: able to turn broadly defined concepts into high-quality scientific output with only limited supervision.
3. A demonstrated ability to learn and apply software tools and/or programming languages, including experience of writing and modifying complex code to produce high quality analyses.
4. An ability to clearly communicate the work of their team to scientists and non-specialists, both orally and in writing, commensurate with role level.
5. A strong customer-orientated focus, able to gauge customer need and communicate clearly in their terms.
• Foundation Scientist and Scientist: an ability to contribute to innovative solutions that meet customer requirements on quality, cost and delivery date
• Senior Scientist: an ability to lead the development of innovative solutions that meet customer requirements on quality, cost and delivery date.
6. An ability to work and collaborate as an active and productive member of a team, including building relationships that contribute to a culture that supports cross-team working.
• Scientist: Able to provide scientific and technical guidance to other team members. Evidence of an ability to proactively plan and manage own work
• Senior scientist: Evidence of an ability to proactively plan and manage others’ work.
7. A demonstrated understanding of the importance of quality assurance and experience of applying good practices to scientific report writing and software development.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. Knowledge of defence applications or defence relevant weather or climate science.
2. Experience of running or using output from the Met Office Unified Model.
3. Strong Python coding skills appropriate to role level.

Additional Supplementary Information:

Due to the nature of the work, the successful applicant must be a citizen of: UK, EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or United States of America. Management will be supportive to those that wish to increase their security clearance through the Developed Vetting process.

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

Key Dates: Closing date 28th July 2019 with interviews expected mid August. 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. If you require any reasonable adjustments, please include this information in your application. 

The Met Office is an equal opportunities employer and flexible and UK home working applications will be considered within operational requirements. 

Interviewed and appointable candidates who apply may be considered for other similar science posts available in the Met Office during the next 12 months.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK’.
We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, with an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality and an LGBTi network.

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

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.

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