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[Met-jobs] Dispersion Modelling Job Opportunities: UK Met Office

From Helen Dacre <>
Date Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:56:06 +0100


Atmospheric dispersion modellers and applied scientists

Salary: £25,500 with progression to £31,500 or £29,930 with progression to 
£38,325 dependent on skills and experience

Based in Exeter, UK

The UK Met Office is both a WMO Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) for 
aviation and a WMO Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) for 
radiological events, in addition to providing operational support to UK 
Government and Emergency Services in a range of other emergency scenarios.

The role
In support of the above, the Met Offfice's Atmospheric Dispersion Research 
Group (ADG) conducts research into atmospheric dispersion and develops and 
maintains the world leading Lagrangian dispersion model NAME (Numerical 
Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment),

ADG support the Met Office's 24/7 Operations Centre. Their work covers both 
national and international activities and requires group members to represent 
the Met Office and the UK on both national and international stages. During 
more significant events ADG provide expert advice, insight, data analysis and 
model predictions for Met Office operational staff and also directly to other 
expert agencies and responders.

The people
In order to support and develop a growing range of scientific advice-based 
services that use NAME, we are now seeking to expand the size of the team.  We 
have a number of scientific vacancies to develop, support and maintain the NAME 
dispersion model and associated inversion and emergency response systems to 
ensure the Met Office retains a world leading dispersion modelling capability. 
The work ranges from fundamental research and sophisticated model development, 
GUI and supporting software specification and implementation through to 
emergency response work, interaction with users from multiple professions and 
disciplines, data presentation and scientific briefings during emergencies, 
when there may be a need to be placed on operational call.

About the Met Office
With some 1,800 people across 60 sites around the globe, the Met Office 
provides world-leading weather and climate services in the UK and overseas. Our 
products and services meet the needs of many different customers - from the 
general public, government and schools, through broadcasters and new media, to 
civil aviation and businesses in a wide range of commercial sectors.

The rewards
Along with a competitive salary, you can look forward to a bonus scheme, Civil 
Service pension, 25 days' holiday, enhanced maternity and adoption leave, plus 
excellent learning and development opportunities.

To find out more, and to apply online, please visit:

Closing date: 23 September 2011.

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