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Weather Scientist

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 Closes: 23 Jun 2019
Exeter, GB per annum, pro rata.
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20190612140427

RD005 Senior Scientist: £36,684 - £40,352 pa*
RD006 Scientist - £30,325 to £33,260 pa*
RD007 Foundation Scientist - £23,673 to £26,119 pa*

*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.


Do you want to work in a 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 Met Office, produces and delivers weather forecasts from a range of deterministic and ensemble numerical weather prediction models, which are used to generate a wide array of products to deliver to customers worldwide. 

Within the organisation, Weather Science ( provides the scientific and operational capabilities that deliver our short to medium-range weather forecasts. The Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) system is the core activity to improve the quality of weather forecasts. Accurate weather forecasts require the assimilation of space- and surface-based observations, the assessment and scientific understanding of NWP models to better represent the physical processes in the atmosphere. In addition to the weather, we also focus on oceans and air quality, and we have systems in place for operational emergency response.

Job Purpose:

We have several exciting opportunities within Weather Science and are looking for talented and creative candidates eager to contribute to the research and development required to improve weather forecasts. 

Vacancies currently exist in a number of areas:

Verification Scientist: To apply scientific and technical knowledge to contribute to the development of the verification systems to produce appropriate verification measures and interpretation for customers.

Satellite Applications Scientist: To work as a member of a research and development team to improve the application of observational data in numerical weather prediction and other weather-related applications.

Data Assimilation Scientist: To contribute towards the research and development of advanced variational and ensemble-based techniques suitable for operational earth system data assimilation for the next-generation of supercomputers.

Research to Operation Scientist: Perform research and development to deliver, monitor and support upgrades to the Met Office’s operational NWP suite.

Marine Observations for Prediction and Analysis Scientist: To work as a member of a research and development team to improve the application of observational data in marine analysis and prediction systems.

Applications within the current call may also be considered for additional vacancies in Science that may occur within the next 6 months.

Job Responsibilities:

  • To carry out research and development to improve Weather Science systems and applications. To provide interpretation and analysis of meteorological or oceanographic datasets.
  • To document and present the work of Weather Science, in internal reports, meetings, scientific journals, and external conferences. To provide scientific/technical advice to peers, management and external stakeholders. At Senior Scientist level, to make significant contributions to writing project plans and to leading and managing research.
  • To travel national and internationally as required to represent Weather Science.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. A degree in a relevant scientific subject (Foundation Scientist) and/or a PhD in a relevant scientific area or equivalent experience (Scientist). Extensive experience and proven track record of scientific research, and ability to plan and deliver scientific research projects (Senior Scientist). 

2. Demonstrated ability to apply broad scientific knowledge to specific problems and scenarios relevant to the Weather Science portfolio. 

3. Demonstrable scientific software experience: Foundation Scientist: Ability to learn and apply software tools and/or programming languages. Scientist: Experience of writing, modifying and running scientific software codes; demonstrating transferable skills to the role. Senior Scientist: Experience of leading and/or supporting significant scientific software developments, ideally in Python or Fortran.

4. Evidence of being a strong team player with an ability to support and interact with scientific and technical colleagues. Ability to provide scientific/technical leadership or mentoring to junior staff (Senior Scientist).

5. Evidence of good communication skills (written, oral, presentation and listening) with ability to communicate scientific and technical information to a range of audiences.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. Knowledge of Numerical Weather Prediction and related modelling and/or data assimilation

2. Experience with atmospheric physics or chemistry

3. Experience in oceanography

4. Experience of using statistics and/or knowledge of verification metrics

5. Familiarity with satellite or other observations of the Earth's atmosphere 

6. Database skills, preferably Oracle based

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.

Key Dates: Closing date 23/06/2019 with interviews expected w/c 15th July. 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.

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.

We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, with an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality and an LGBTi network.

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