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Surface Transport Research Scientist

Posted: 27 Sep 2019 Closes: 20 Oct 2019
Exeter, GB Salary dependant on role offered
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20190927110258

The Met Office Scientist profession has a range of levels depending on the capabilities of the job holder. We are open to applications across these levels from graduates (Foundation Scientist), to those with moderate levels of experience (Scientist) and those with considerable levels of experience (Senior Scientist) – none of these are positions with line management responsibilities. Your skills will be assessed from the application and interview and the level offered will be based on this. We have a clear career family for the scientific profession, allowing you the opportunity for career progression as your skills are developed.

The level expected for each of the criteria listed will depend on the role, you’ll need to meet all the essential criteria, providing some evidence for each and for the higher levels more evidence is expected for each criterion with examples showing your leadership and initiative.

Salary for Foundation Scientist is starting at £23,673 with opportunities to increase up to £26,119

Scientist is starting at £30,325 with opportunities to increase up to £33,260

Senior Scientist is starting at £36,684 with opportunities to increase up to £40,352

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


Here at the Met Office, we’re proud to be a world-leader in forecasting. Using a suite of numerical weather prediction models, we’re able to not only produce the latest weather forecasts, but also deliver a wide range of cutting-edge services to customers all over the world. The focus of the Business Group, our commercial area, is to make the best possible use of our world-leading weather and climate science to ensure our customers can use forecast information in their decision making effectively. At the heart of this is our Post-Processing Applications team, working with our customers to understand the challenges they face and researching and developing bespoke forecast capabilities to solve these critical industry problems.

We seek to recruit self-motivated and enthusiastic scientists to develop new services to meet our surface transport customers’ needs. You will develop an excellent understanding of how weather information is used in the surface transport across the road, rail and aviation sectors. Your work will combine this with your relevant scientific or technical background to research and deliver a next generation surface transport forecasting capability that supports both existing Met Office customers and new opportunities in the fast-moving Connected and Autonomous Vehicle sector.

Forming a crucial part of the team, you will work in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment and with a range of teams from across the Met Office. This will ensure that new capabilities developed as part of your work fulfil our customers’ needs and enhance the Met Office’s scientific reputation.

But why work for us? Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, enthusiasm and idea generation, we collaborate to challenge the ordinary because we believe in the best. The best for our customers and the best for your career. It’s a career where you’ll be challenged, developed and fascinated; a career where you will use your experience and skills to make a valuable contribution to the bigger picture. A career to be proud of.

We’re constantly moving forwards, looking to optimise our abilities. Which is why, joining us, we’ll invest in your development to help you be the very best you can be. Our award-winning Headquarters in Exeter is home to amazing facilities and world-class employees, this is the place to work in the South West. There are plenty of benefits too, including:•Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days.•Flexible working hours to promote work/life balance.•A choice of pension schemes, so you can plan for your future.• ‘Cycle to work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel.•Onsite modern, fully functional gym + classes.

Job Purpose:

You will work with science, technology and business teams on the development and delivery of a new surface transport forecasting system: exploiting the Met Office's scientific and technical capability to enhance models of the Earth’s surface over different surface types, including the impacts of traffic and local characteristics, and how these can provide timely and relevant information to end users. You will investigate how to exploit cloud computing technologies to build scale and efficiency into our operational services and support emerging applications for the Future of Mobility sector, including connected and autonomous systems

Job Responsibilities:

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has a relevant scientific or technical background and is passionate about applying their expertise to create forecasting solutions for the surface transport industry. Your work will include a variety of research related activities, including:

  • Research new and improved physical or statistical post-processing techniques that enable the development of valued-added forecasting services for the surface transport industry.
  • Design and develop operational data services exploiting cloud computing technologies to efficiently produce forecasts.
  • Work directly with stakeholders to understand their requirements and ensure that forecast services fully meet their needs.
  • Collaborate with a motivated team to deliver a project that underpins the Met Office’s responsibility to support national infrastructure operations.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1.A background in a quantitative scientific discipline including, for scientist or senior scientist, postgraduate or equivalent experience demonstrating an ability to apply scientific analysis and mathematical skills to a research problem.

2.An effective team player with the ability to work and collaborate as an active and productive member of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver projects. For scientist and senior scientist a demonstrated ability to provide scientific/technical advice and leadership to other team members.

3.Practically applied knowledge and experience in numerical or statistical modelling.

4.Strong scientific computing skills (e.g. in Python) and demonstrated ability to learn and apply software tools and/or programming languages. For scientist or senior scientist this should include experience of writing and modifying complex code and producing high quality analyses.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1.Evidence of leading the development of computational physical or statistical models from broadly defined concept to high quality implementation; particularly of operational systems.

2.Demonstrated experience of data science or developing in a cloud computing environment or willingness to learn.

3. Experience of developing physical models relating to the weather or similar complex physical problems, particularly the behaviour of surface interfaces with the weather.

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited. The Met Office is an equal opportunities employer and flexible and home working applications will be considered. There will be a requirement for staff to attend training and induction in Exeter initially for 3-4 days per week.

Closing date 20/10/2019 with interviews expected 31/10/2019 & 01/11/2019. 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.

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 this criteria may be considered.

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