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Principal Fellow in Data Assimilation

Posted: 12 May 2020 Closes: 10 Jun 2020
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £66,125
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200512130804

Salary and Rewards

Starting at £66,125 progressing up to £80,500 dependent on performance. Total rewards package currently around £96,000 and includes:

  • 27.5 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays
  • Access to a Corporate Performance Pay (discretionary)
  • Personal bonuses (discretionary)
  • Ability to purchase up to 5 additional days leave (discretionary)
  • Employer pension contributions of 27.9%

Personal Benefits include flexible working, numerous clubs and activities, a restaurant, cafe and a gym on-site. There is also access to CCSC a non-for profit organisation which offers many sports and leisure benefits for a small fee. 


Are you a recognised international expert in data assimilation and/or the use of space-based and/or surface based observations within an operational data assimilation system? Would you like to work for a world-class organisation?

The Met Office is seeking to appoint a Principal Fellow in Data Assimilation in the Weather Science team.

To achieve our vision to be recognized as global leaders in weather and climate science and services in our changing world, we are seeking an exceptional scientist that can inspire and drive our strategically important scientific and technical activities and play an integral part in our science teams. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in developing our strategy for data assimilation and the use of observations in data assimilation, working to deliver transformational change with our strategic partners.

Additional Supplementary Information:

Full-time, part-time and job share will be considered.

To apply, please click on the link below.

Key Dates: Closing date 10/06/2020 with interviews expected W/C 29/06/2020. 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.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK. 

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 thiscriteria 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 shape, lead and deliver a data assimilation capability through building a shared vision within the Met Office and in collaboration with our strategic partners.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide direction in the design, implementation and delivery of the Met Office strategy for data assimilation methods and the use of space-based and surface-based observations within the data assimilation system.
  • Provide a shared vision with strategically relevant experts and organisations in the external environment to develop collaborative partnerships in data assimilation for the benefit of Met Office goals.
  • Evaluate new developments and opportunities in data assimilation methods and the use of observations within the data assimilation system to make prioritised recommendations that deliver maximum benefit.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Recognised international reputation in data assimilation and/or the use of space-based and/or surface based observations within an operational data assimilation system.
  2. Evidence of leadership in developing from conception to inception a novel scientific or technical capability related to data assimilation and/or the use of observations within an operational data assimilation system.
  3. The ability to bring knowledge or expertise to this role which coupled with excellent interpersonal skills can transform how the team works.
  4. Evidence of building and maintaining collaborative relationships with external partners and stakeholders.
  5. Evidence of working effectively and building committed relationships to deliver outcomes.
  6. Evidence of alignment to the civil service code:

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