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Aerosol Parametrization Scientist

Company Met Office Location Various
Contract Permanent Position Salary £28,664.00 - £40,352.00
Sector(s) Scientific

Job Description

Salary Information

Scientist: £28,644 - £33,260

Senior Scientist: £34,830 - £40,352


Aerosol and their interaction with chemistry, radiation and clouds have a major influence on the atmosphere. The accurate representation of aerosol has wide-reaching implications, from improving air quality forecasting and the overall predictability of high impact weather phenomena, e.g. fog, to increasing the reliability of climate prediction. Recently there has been a significant push to improve air quality forecasting in the UK. Given the fundamental importance of aerosol processes in air quality forecasting, it is essential to develop and evaluate aerosol modelling capabilities that can represent aerosol processes and interactions across multi-scales. 

The successful candidate will work at the forefront of atmospheric and aerosol science, developing an understanding of the fundamental aerosol processes and interactions, and applying this understanding to make significant and lasting improvements to the Met Office’s weather and climate forecast model (the Met Office Unified Model) -- from global climate configurations to convective-scale to urban-scale modelling. The job holder will also contribute to the Clean Air Analysis project and the development of UK air quality capability. Developments in this field would be of interest to the wider scientific community and as such, the job holder would be expected to publish in scientific journals, attend conferences, and develop an international profile as an atmospheric scientist. The successful applicant will join the Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations team (APP) which works on improving the representation of sub-grid-scale physical processes such as aerosol and clouds in the Unified Model.

Job Purpose

Develop and evaluate the UKCA-MODE in the UM, primarily with a focus on high resolution (< 1 km), for application to air quality forecasting, but also more generally within Unified Model for weather and climate prediction.

Job Responsibilities
  • To carry out research in to aerosol and aerosol processes to improve the representation of aerosol in UKCA-MODE in the UM 
  • Develop and evaluate UKCA-MODE in the UM at high resolution for application to air quality and weather forecasting 
  • Provide aerosol science advice and support to scientific software engineers involved in the development of UKCA-MODE 
  • Develop and evaluate aerosol-cloud interaction of UKCA-MODE 
  • Contribute to the presentation and publication of the work both internally and externally in order to maintain our scientific capability, integrity and transparency.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
  1. Degree (2:1 or above) in mathematics or a physical science and either a PhD in mathematics / a physical science or equivalent research experience. 
  2. To enter as a senior scientist: Several years post-doctoral experience in meteorological or climate research, with an aerosol focus. 
  3. For scientist level, a good knowledge of aerosol and/or aerosol-cloud processes in the context of meteorology and/or climate research. 
  4. For Senior scientist level, an excellent knowledge of aerosol and/or aerosol-cloud processes and demonstrated research experience, in the form of publications or equivalent, in the application of this aerosol knowledge to meteorology and/or climate research. 
  5. Scientific computing skills including unix/linux and good experience of a programming language such as Fortran or a data processing and display language (such as Python) 
  6. Experience of working with others on a research project. For senior scientist level, an ability and evidence for support/mentoring of colleagues. 
  7. Written and oral communication skills, appropriate for presentation of scientific work, e.g. writing significant parts of or entire reports or papers.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
  1. Knowledge of aerosol models, e.g. GLOMAP-MODE and/or UKCA-MODE, and their application to NWP and/or climate. 
  2. Experience of running the NWP models, e.g. Met Office Unified Model 
  3. Knowledge of the role of aerosol in air quality forecasting 
  4. Experience of working on large code sections using software management tools, e.g. git or subversion.
Additional Supplementary Information

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below. 

Key Dates: Closing date 


 with interviews expected 


 . 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 role will nominally be based in Exeter HQ 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. 

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