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Climate Scientist

Company Met Office Location Devon
Contract Permanent Position Salary 22,361.00 - 33,260.00
Sector(s) Science

Job Description

Salary Information

Scientist - £28,644 
Foundation Scientist - £22,361 


Are you interested in delivering climate projection information that could help underpin UK and European climate decision making over the next 10 years? The Met Office has two Science vacancies with either a UK or European focus. 
The Met Office provides an opportunity for talented scientists to apply their skills in a world-leading scientific environment, with impacts upon services that reach all our lives.

The successful candidate will be innovative, flexible and motivated by working to understand current climate projection data and how it can be applied.

The award-winning Met Office Headquarters in Exeter is home to amazing facilities and world-class employees. Innovative and cutting-edge, this is the place to work in the South West. All employees will receive the following benefits upon joining:
• 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. 
• Extensive career development.
• ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel and free car park for those living a bit further away. 
• Onsite modern, fully functional gym + classes.
• Many more benefits including childcare schemes.

Job Purpose

The job holder will contribute to the understanding and delivery of climate change information that will be used to inform decisions by stakeholders. 

We currently have the following opportunities:
Permanent Foundation Scientist/Scientist in the UK Climate Projections Climate Service team: The job holder will collaborate with users to deliver useful and usable information based on the latest update to the UK Climate Projections (UKCP18) for the 21st Century. It will focus on carrying out analyses of the UKCP18 suite of climate model data to provide further understanding of climate-related hazards to support climate change risk assessment and adaptation decision-making. The role offers the opportunity to carry out research and deliver science that can be used in practice by the UK climate adaptation community. 

Fixed term Foundation Scientist/Scientist post until 31st November 2021 in the Seamless Ensemble Prediction team: The job holder will explore and deliver information on near term 10-40 year climate model projections over Europe, as part of a pan-European research project, EUCP. This job role will be responsible for exploring a number of different approaches to providing a plausible range of future projected climate changes in regional European climate. This is an exciting and challenging area of science with big differences in how different nation states have traditionally approached this. The person working in this role will have the opportunity to compare and contrast approaches from both the UK and our European consortium partners. The work is also important for its methodological advances which we would expect to inform the next IPCC AR6 assessment.

Job Responsibilities
  • The job holder is expected to develop a plan of work (with the science lead), implement and deliver it to support the wider project as well as publish in the peer-review literature and other channels such as user guidance. This work is expected to inform better climate projection information to underpin climate adaptation across the UK and Europe. Therefore both roles require working in close collaboration with users of climate change information and/or European project partners.
  • For the Seamless Ensemble Prediction role, the job holder will focus on assessing a range of key large-scale characteristics of European climate in projection datasets (such as CMIP5, CMIP6, EURO-CORDEX) in order to make informed judgements on the relevence and plausibility of future projections based on their present-day performance. Assessment of other observation-simulated comparisons may also be applied to explore the plausibility of future climate projections.
  • For the UKCP Climate Service role, the job holder will focus on user-relevant climate hazards and work with the UKCP18 suite of climate models to understand how well they are simulated for the current climate and how they may evolve into the future.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Strong background degree in mathematics, physics or a climate related discipline content or equivalent experience (Foundation Scientist) plus PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant subject (Scientist). 
2. Proven ability to develop and use the output from complex numerical models, including effective computer programming in Python, IDL or R or other languages.
3. Evidence of ability to communicate own work to the academic and/or wider communities both orally and in writing. Appropriate publication record for role and stage in career. Demonstrated ability to communicate to specialists and non-specialists and to be able to positively interact with them.
4. Evidence of ability to work innovatively and independently on scientific projects. Evidence of ability to lead scientific project-work and enthusiasm to seek and develop new areas of research.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Experience of interacting with users of climate projection information in climate impacts and/or vulnerability studies 
2. Understanding of processes influencing climate variability and change.

Additional Supplementary Information

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

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. Both posts will be nominally located at the Met Office Exeter HQ. There will be a requirement for staff to attend training and induction in Exeter initially for 3-4 days per week until up to speed, but we are willing to explore with any potential candidates opportunities to work elsewhere within the UK beyond this. 

There will be opportunities for national and international travel and collaboration with a wide range of academic and government organisations, across the UK and Europe. An ability and willingness for some work travel is therefore an advantage for these posts.

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

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 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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