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Scientific Software Engineer Industrial Placements 2021

Posted: 27 Nov 2020 Closes: 26 Feb 2021
Exeter, GB Salary £17,900
Temporary met-office/20201127162317

Our Industrial Placement scheme offers undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with IT Professionals alongside 500 world leading Weather Scientists, developing our Scientific technical capabilities enabling our science to advance.


As an Industrial Placement at the Met Office, you will be paid £17,900 pa and have the opportunity to spend 12 months (between July 2021 - July 2022) within our Weather Science directorate, working on for example, post-processing and verification numerical models and forecast products.

Working alongside 500 world leading Weather Scientists, you will gain valuable experience and absorb information from IT professionals all of which will help develop your skills and help you put what you have learnt at University into practice.
During your placement you will have a clear learning plan and you will be supporting each other with projects, set up lunch groups and socials.

The SSE Industrial Placement scheme is an exciting opportunity to see first-hand what we do as well as make a real impact that the Met Office truly values. With your industrial experience there is the potential, after obtaining your degree, to apply and join one of the many scientific software engineering teams.

Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, we work together to question the ordinary every day because we believe in the best. Working with global partners, our IT projects reach as far as Space. Around the clock, around the world, people need to know more about how the weather and climate will affect them now and in the future. Scientists within the Met Office working with software engineers carry out a broad range of research which underpins all our products and services. From weather and ocean forecasting to climate prediction, our research and development teams are at the forefront of scientific research. Software engineering is key in our science. Our science enables industries to operate, aircraft to take off and land safely, and helps Governments to make key choices.

To become a Scientific Software Engineering Industrial Placement at the Met Office you will need to be someone who:

  1. Is studying for an undergraduate degree with a significant numeracy, science (mathematics or a physical science) and/or IT element which MUST incorporate a placement year (i.e. sandwich course).
  2. Possesses knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably Python)
  3. Has a keen interest in IT and software engineering at scale to support science and keeps up to date with current and future IT developments
  4. Has effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  5. Can plan and organise work using own initiative
  6. Demonstrates evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  7. A proven ability to work well as a member of a team

Desirably, you would be someone who can also demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of modern software engineering processes and methods
  2. Evidence of putting your programming skills into practice
  3. An interest in data science and machine learning approaches

If you think this role sounds perfect for you and you meet the above requirements then please follow these two simple steps….

  • Click on the link above to submit your application via our website and to view a PDF document containing details on the two placements available 
  • Fill out the online application and give as much evidence as possible against the skills required

We will be accepting applications until 28th February 2021. During this time, we may get in touch if you are unfortunately not eligible or we have spotted something missing from your application. Otherwise, you can expect to hear from us before the 19th March once the hiring manager has reviewed all the applications received. We often receive a high number of applications so it can take a little while to look at each one but we always let people know the outcome.  The next stage is an interview (likely to be via Skype at the end of March/early April) and that’s it!  Good luck!

This placement is normally based in Exeter as you may be required for onsite meetings however there is likely to be a flexible remote working aspect involved.

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.

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