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Ocean Waves Scientist

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 Closes: 23 Jun 2019
Exeter, GB Foundation Scientist - Salary will start at £23,673 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £26,119. Scientist - Salary will start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260.
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20190612101952


Do you want to work in an globally renowned centre of excellence, helping to safeguard the lives of millions of people? The Met Office provides an opportunity for talented scientists to apply their skills to real-world problems, with impacts upon services that reach all our lives. Our award-winning Met Office Headquarters in Exeter is home to world-class scientific research teams and computer technology, working to improve our understanding of, and ability to predict, atmosphere, land and ocean aspects of the earth-system.

The Ocean Forecasting Research & Development (OFR&D) group are an internationally recognised team of scientists who develop, evaluate, maintain and support a range of operational ocean and wave models. The group is responsible for the science behind the satellite and model based (re)analyses and the forecasts produced by the Met Office for the world's oceans and regional seas. Increasingly, the OFR&D group are working on coupled Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) systems to investigate the impacts of ocean-wave-atmosphere interactions on weather forecast timescales. The group creates products which are central to the EU Copernicus Marine Service, government and public weather services, to support Naval operations and to provide information of use to commercial customers. 

The Wave Forecasting team within OFR&D is responsible for scientific development, configuration and operational implementation of a suite of global and regional wave models used for deterministic and ensemble short range forecasting. As part of our development work the team has recently become a trusted institutional repository for development of the community wave model WAVEWATCH III. Additional tasks include development of hindcast datasets and scientific ownership of tools for coastal forecast downscaling.

Met Office benefits include flexible working, generous leave allowance and salary sacrifice schemes for childcare and more. There are numerous clubs and activities and a gym on-site.

Job Purpose:

The Ocean Waves Scientist will work with other team members to develop and trial new wave model configurations, whilst developing a specific focus on the impacts of wave physics and momentum exchanges on both standalone wave models and within coupled systems.

Job Responsibilities:

The Ocean Waves Scientist will contribute to:

  • the design of new and innovative wave and coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean forecasting systems;
  • defining, and implementing, a pre-operational trialling strategy fit for both standalone and coupled wave models;
  • the scientific validation of the systems and communication of model quality and forecast performance to end users;
  • ongoing development of the WAVEWATCH III community model.

Through this work, the role will support operational suite, forecasting and products teams in ensuring that Met Office wave forecasts are of the highest quality and routinely provide world-leading information for users.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A good degree in a relevant scientific subject (Foundation Scientist). A PhD or equivalent research experience in ocean science or a closely related area (Scientist).
  2. Good understanding of numerical modelling and scientific validation of results (Foundation Scientist). Experience in using and validating numerical models (Scientist).
  3. Experience in the development and use of scientific software.
  4. Evidence of good communication skills (written, oral, presentation and listening) with ability to communicate scientific and technical information to a range of audiences. 
  5. Evidence of being a strong team player with an ability to support and interact with technical specialists.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience in numerical model development.
  2. Experience in developing oceanwave modelling systems.
  3. Experience of scientific studies including the use ofwave, ocean or similar observations from satellite and in-situ sources.

Additional Information:

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited.  Successful applicants will be required to work ~75% of their working week in Exeter due to operational requirements. Homeworking (UK) may be considered for ~25% of week.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK as outlined above. All posts require applicants to travel to conferences or training events beyond Exeter and possibly internationally.

A subset of the posts involve regular overseas travel, with the teams involved in activities worldwide, including in developing countries. An ability and willingness to travel abroad for work is therefore required for the subset of posts in these areas.


Please apply via the Met Office website

Key Dates: Closing date 23rd June 2019 with interviews expected week commencing 15th July 2019. 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.

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.

Due to the nature of the role, this post requires you to gain full security clearance Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived in the UK for 3 years out of the last 5 years. 


Candidates who are interviewed maybe considered for other similar scientific posts available in the Met Office during the next 6 months.

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