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[Met-jobs] Cloud/Convection Parametrization: Met Office 2 jobs

From "Morcrette, Cyril" <>
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Date Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:17:50 +0000

Further information is available 

*** Convection/Cloud Parametrization Research Scientist *** 2 posts ***

Salary: For Foundation Scientist role starting £21,250 and for exceptional 
candidates up to £24,250, for Scientist role starting £25,500 and for 
exceptional candidates up to £29,100 or for Senior Scientist role starting 
£29,930 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits, 
including Civil Service Pension

Generic role: Foundation Scientist or Scientist or Senior Scientist

Profession: Science and Engineering

Permanent. Full time at Met Office, Exeter

Opening date for applications: 12 June 2013

Closing date for applications: 14 July 2013

Background information 

Clouds and convection have a major influence on the atmosphere, and their 
accurate representation in models has wide-reaching implications, from 
improving the predictability of weather forecasts to increasing the reliability 
of climate projections. Recent developments in our understanding of clouds and 
convection, and in the observational and modelling tools available to study 
them, present an exciting opportunity for making significant progress in both 
fields. The job holder will work at the forefront of atmospheric science, 
developing an understanding of the fundamental physical processes, and using 
the findings to make significant and lasting improvements to the Met Office's 
climate and weather forecast model (the Unified Model) - from climate 
configurations to convective-scale modelling. Developments in this field would 
be of interest to the wider scientific community, and as such, the job holder 
would have the opportunity 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 convection and clouds in the Unified 
Model. There are two vacancies in APP: 

1) Convection Research Scientist and 2) Clouds Research Scientist. 

Candidates may wish to apply for either of these posts, or be considered for 
both. We welcome applications from people with different levels of experience. 
We have 3 levels - Foundation Scientist, Scientist and Senior Scientist. We 
will appoint at the level appropriate to the successful applicant.

Specific job purpose 

To develop our understanding of the physics controlling clouds and convection 
and use that insight to improve the parametrizations used in the UM to perform 
weather forecasts and climate predictions.

Specific job responsibilities 

·         To carry out research and development to improve the representation 
of clouds or convection in the Unified Model. 

·         To contribute to the presentation and publication of the work both 
internally and externally in order to maintain our scientific capability, 
integrity and transparency. 

·         To develop skills relating to the maintenance and development of the 
parametrization schemes. 

·         To provide scientific/technical advice to other team members on some 
work aspects to improve the effectiveness of the team.

Qualifications, skills and abilities required 


·         All: A good degree (2:1 or above) in mathematics or a physical science
Scientist: A PhD in mathematics or a physical science or equivalent research 
Senior scientist: Post-doctoral experience in the atmospheric sciences. 

·         Proven ability to conduct scientific research, displaying initiative, 
independence and analytical skills. 

·         Evidence of the motivation and drive to overcome obstacles in order 
to solve scientific problems. 

·         Evidence of the ability to write software to address scientific 

·         All: Evidence of the ability to work flexibly within a team.
Senior Scientist: Evidence of ability to provide scientific/technical 
leadership or mentoring to junior staff. 

·         Evidence of good oral and written scientific communication skills 
(e.g. writing reports, giving presentations).


·         Experience of research studying convection or clouds. 

·         Experience of a scientific computing environment, for example using 
Fortran, IDL/Python or UNIX/LINUX. 

·         Experience with the Met Office UM or LEM.

Additional supplementary information

If successful at passing the sift stage, we will inform you at what level we 
think your experience aligns itself within the letter inviting you to an 
interview (Foundation Scientist/Scientist/Senior Scientist).


Dr Cyril Morcrette       Clouds and Radiation Group Manager
Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations   (APP) 
Met Office   FitzRoy Road   Exeter   Devon   EX1 3PB   U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)1392 884084

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