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[Met-jobs] Defence Outcomes Scientist/Foundation Scientist, Exeter

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:33:05 +0000

Defence Outcomes Scientist/Foundation Scientist 
£21,250 - £29,100 per annum depending on skills & experience + benefits
Based in Exeter
Full-time

Weather and other environmental factors can have a critical impact on the 
success of military operations. By understanding and interpreting environmental 
impacts, we provide relevant and timely advice direct to military 
decision-makers. Our world-leading range of tools and systems are also used by 
allied countries and coalition partners.

The role
Our Defence Outcomes team works to achieve an advantage for UK, ally and 
coalition armed forces through the intelligence exploitation of environment 
information. We provide both consultancy and tools to deliver impact advice 
utilising Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) in a way that’s meaningful to the 
soldier, pilot or other decision-maker. In short, you’ll deliver a superb 
end-to-end meteorological service to UK, US and NATO forces, from initial 
research to the interpretation of data to the end user. 

You’ll provide – and further improve the quality of – scientific advice to 
defence customers by applying scientific research to Numerical Weather 
Prediction (NWP) impact products and consultancy services. The work’s 
fantastically varied and mission-critical: you’ll work on several different 
projects for a variety of different customers which, depending on your skills, 
may include developing risk-based advice for defence customers or surface 
temperature models for various man-made objects. As well as researching and 
evaluating work to underpin the future development of NWP capability and impact 
products, you’ll advise on, guide and support users of our products. 

In return, we’ll help you to further develop your scientific know-how and apply 
it in exciting new ways. As well as the opportunity to attend workshops, 
conferences and scientific trials, we’ll encourage you to publish research work 
in peer-reviewed journals. 

The person
You’ll need to be degree educated (or equivalent) in a mathematics, physical 
science or related subject. For the Science-level role, we’d also like you to 
have a PhD or an equivalent level of professional experience. Military 
experience would, of course, be an advantage, though not essential. As well as 
being fluent in one or more high-level computing language for data analysis, 
you’ve the ability to apply high-quality scientific analysis and mathematical 
skills to any research problem. Intellectually agile and practically versatile, 
you’re more than capable of working on a number of different projects at the 
one time. You’ve a collaborative work approach too, and you’re quick to build 
strong working relationships with colleagues, customers and stakeholders. It’s 
also important that you’re a clear, credible communicator, able to explain 
technical matters to non-technical colleagues and customers. 

Because of the nature of the work, you’ll need to be security cleared. You’ll 
also need to be a UK national or national of an EU country or Australia, 
Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America. 

About the Met Office
Beyond weather. That's the best way to describe our work here at the Met 
Office. With some 1,800 people across 60 sites around the globe, we provide 
world-leading weather and climate services in the UK and overseas. Today, 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 every sector imaginable. Everything we do, 
every area of our work, has a real impact on people’s lives and lifestyles.

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.

Apply 
To find out more, and to apply online, please visit: 
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/jobs/current-vacancies/002553  Closing 
date: 29 October 2012.

Please note that we have one position available. Depending on experience, 
you’ll be recruited at one of two levels – Scientist or Foundation Scientist.



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