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Fluid Grade - UM Partnership Support Scientist

Posted: 23 Jun 2020 Closes: 12 Jul 2020
Exeter, GB Salary DOE
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200623091212

RD006 Scientist - Salary will start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260.*
RD007 Foundation Scientist - Salary will start at £23,673 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £26,119.*

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


The Unified Model (UM) is a numerical model of the atmosphere used for both weather and climate applications. It is in continuous development by the Met Office and its partners, adding state of the art understanding of atmospheric processes to new releases, and is the bedrock of science at the Met Office.

The UM Partnership is a coordinated activity consisting of a small number of operational and research centres that use and develop the UM and UM based suites for weather and climate applications, the Met Office being the largest stakeholder. The use of the UM for research and operations strengthens the Met Office’s position as a global leader in the weather and climate science, and enables partners to contributes to the Met Office’s Research and Innovation themes.

In this post you will provide scientific and technical support for the use of coupled model and Earth System Model configurations for UM partners; help partners contribute to joint scientific and technical infrastructure sub-programmes, provide training and develop UM partner communications.

The post will offer you opportunities to undertake research related to the UM partner science sub-programme, interact across the Met Office and with our international UM partners at a high level, and develop your skills for a more senior role. As the Met Office and its modelling partners transition to Next Generation Modelling Systems (NGMS), this creates unique opportunities to develop your skills using NGMS and supporting partners.

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the link below.

Key Dates: Closing date 12/07/2020 with interviews expected W/C 20/07/2020. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

This post provides an excellent opportunity to work with a wide range of partners internationally on some of the world’s most advanced forecasting systems, and offers the potential for career development through interaction across the Met Office and with our UM partners, and to develop your skills for a more senior role.

We welcome applications from staff wanting full, part time (e.g. 0.8FTE or compressed) and job share posts although there will be a requirement when staff are abroad to work full-time hours.

The recruiting team is based in Exeter, but we are willing to accept applications from Met Office scientists based in other locations.

Staff must be able to travel and work abroad regularly throughout the year for periods of around 2-3 weeks at a time to meet business needs. Expenses associated with such trips are reimbursed in line with Met Office Policy.

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.

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:

To support UM (and in time NGMS) applications at partner sites with an emphasis on coupled climate and Earth System Model configurations, as well as the wider interests of the UM partnership through training, development of collaboration tools and scientific research and development aimed at improving UM partner capability and contributions to the joint scientific and technical infrastructure sub-programmes.

Job Responsibilities:

The job holder will contribute to the overall work of the UM partnerships team. Core responsibilities will include:
• Providing technical support and training to international UM partners to allow the UM and associated software to be used effectively in coupled climate configurations, both remotely and by visiting partner organisations
• Providing technical support for UM partner contributions to science and technical infrastructure sub-programmes, and prepare for joint UM partner contributions to Earth System Mode development and International Model Comparison projects
• Develop communication and collaboration infrastructure tools to allow international UM partners to increase the effectiveness of their use and development of the UM and associated software
• Through collaborative research, to support and enhance the ability of the UM and associated software to improve weather and climate forecast and services from short range through to climate timescales.

Additional responsibilities may include:
• Support the transition of partners to using and developing NGMS from the Unified Model
• Contributing to related projects under Newton Fund WCSSP, contracts etc

The job holder will be expected to manage and build relationships with scientists and software engineers from different cultures and organisations, at a level commensurate with their job role.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. A degree or equivalent in a physical science or maths (Foundation Scientist),
and/or a PhD or equivalent experience in atmosphere modelling systems (Scientist)

2. Demonstrable scientific software experience:
Foundation Scientist: Ability to learn and apply software tools and/or programming languages such as Fortran and Linux
Scientist: in addition experience of writing, modifying and running scientific software codes, together with an ability to troubleshoot problems

3. Evidence of ability to work well with people and foster collaboration (Foundation Scientist) together with ability to build partnerships (Scientist). 

4. Evidence of an organised approach to work (Foundation Scientist) plus the ability to discern priorities amongst a range of competing demands (Scientist)

5. Previous experience in providing training to others (Foundation Scientist) and to train other scientists or software engineers (Scientist).

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

Some of the following would be desirable:
1. Knowledge of the Unified Model (UM) for weather or climate research (Foundation Scientist) and experience with running UM applications (Scientist)
2. Experience in the use of FCM, Rose cycle, Iris, python
3. Willingness to undertake visits to partner organisations for periods of around 1 week to 1 month.

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