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[Met-jobs] Satellite Applications Scientist

From "Giblin, Laura" <>
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Date Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:00:40 -0000


Please could you advertise this current vacancy for us? Further details can be found

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Laura Giblin  HR Associate

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1392 886018
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Job opportunity


Satellite Applications Scientist

Salary: Starting salary: £21,250 with progression to £35,040 (depending on role) + competitive benefits, including Civil Service Pension

Generic role: Foundation Scientist, Scientist or Senior Scientist

Profession: Science and Engineering

Permanent, Full time at Met Office, Exeter

Closing date for applications: 7 January 2013

Background information

There is at least one vacancy in Satellite Applications. We welcome applications from people with different levels of experience. We will appoint at the level appropriate to the successful applicant. Once in post the independence and skill they are expected to deliver will reflect this level. We have three levels - Foundation Scientist, Scientist and Senior Scientist - and each level requires evidence of different skills, knowledge and experience. We have distinguished the skills we expect to see at each level in the person specification below.

The Satellite Applications Section of the Met Office undertakes R&D to improve the impact of satellite data within numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems and hence to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts. It also performs R&D to generate and improve satellite products in support of other forecasting applications, climate monitoring and environmental services. The direct assimilation of satellite data into NWP models is an important part of the Section's work. Current activities use visible, infra-red and microwave data from geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites, and they include preparation for new satellites and instruments planned for the coming decade. Work also extends to studies in support of the definition of instruments on satellites to be flown in future decades. External liaison is an important part of the work and the Section is actively involved in European collaborations.

Specific job purpose

To work as a member of a research and development team to improve the application of satellite data in numerical weather prediction and other weather and climate applications.

Specific job responsibilities

·         To carry out research and development to deliver agreed project outputs which improve our understanding of the application of satellite data, thus improving Met Office systems or products for the benefit customers.
Senior Scientists are expected to lead and manage projects.

·         To contribute significantly to the presentation and publication/documentation of work internally and externally in order to communicate advice and maintain our scientific capability and our integrity and to promote our reputation.

·         To contribute to the writing of job plans to support the research and development programme.
Senior Scientists are expected to write and deliver job plans.

·         To provide scientific/technical advice to other team members on some work aspects to improve the effectiveness of the team. Senior Scientists will be expected to support and advise areas outside of their immediate team, if required, to enhance Met Office capability.

Qualifications, skills and abilities required


·         All levels: A good background in a physical science or maths to at least degree level (2:1 or above).
Scientist: Relevant PhD or equivalent research experience
Senior Scientist: Extensive experience and proven track record or scientific research. Evidence of ability in planning and delivery of large scientific research projects.

·         Demonstrates an ability to apply broad scientific knowledge to specific problems and scenarios.
Foundation Scientist: Evidence of ability to learn and apply simple technical or analytical techniques to basic scientific problems
Scientist: Demonstrate good scientific knowledge of own subject area and ability to recognise potential for scientific investigations and learn new techniques/knowledge and apply them to won area of research.
Senior Scientist: Demonstrate an advanced understanding of broad subject area and ability to assist others with related knowledge and techniques.

·         All Levels: Evidence of enthusiasm for a career in scientific research.

·         All Levels: Demonstrates an ability to communicate their own science to other scientists.
Scientist: Ability to clearly communicate the work of their team to non specialists.
Senior Scientist: Demonstrated ability to communicate their work and to specialists and non specialists and to be able to interact with them in a clear and concise manner with influence and authority.

·         Demonstrated ability to learn and apply software tools and/or programming languages.
Foundation Scientist: Experience of setting up and running simple code and performing basic analysis.
Scientist and Senior Scientist: Experience of writing and modifying moderately complex code and producing high quality data analysis.

·         All levels: Evidence of the ability to work and collaborate as an active and productive member of a team.
Senior Scientist: Evidence of ability to provide scientific/technical leadership or mentoring to junior staff.


·         Knowledge and experience in atmospheric science.

·         Knowledge and experience of Earth remote sensing from satellites.

Additional supplementary information

Please apply against the criteria for which your experience is most appropriate. We may additionally sift your application at a level above or below the level at which you applied. If successful at passing the sift stage, we will inform you at what level we think your experience aligns within the invitation to interview letter.

If the successful candidate is currently in a role in the Met Office scientific framework, they will ordinarily remain in the role to which they are currently mapped.



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