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[Met-jobs] Met Office Job Vacancy - Defence Outcomes Scientist

From "Giblin, Laura" <>
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Date Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:14:04 +0000



Please can you advertise the following for us?




Defence Outcomes Scientist

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

Generic role: Foundation Scientist or Scientist

Profession: Science and Engineering

Three-year fixed-term. Full time (Part time considered) at Met Office, Exeter

Opening date for applications: 11 September 2013, 15:00

Closing date for applications: 9 October 2013

More information:

Background information

The job is within the Defence Outcomes Team, part of Applied Science.

The purpose of the Applied Science is to:

·         Provide consultancy to meet the needs of clients for expert advice on the impacts of weather and climate on policy, business and the environment.

·         Conduct research and develop tools and applications to enable the operational provision of services to customers to help them manage the impact of weather on their business, particularly in the fields of aviation, defence, airborne spread of animal disease, air quality and atmospheric contaminant release.

·         Respond to ad-hoc and routine requests from clients for UK and foreign climate data and analysis.

Within Applied Science, Defence Outcomes works to achieve an advantage for the UK armed forces through intelligent exploitation of environmental information. It provides both consultancy and tools to deliver impact advice utilising Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) in a way that is meaningful to the soldier, pilot or other decision maker. The team works closely with many areas of the Met Office, including scientific, business, forecasting and IT experts, and has frequent contact with many of the military customers. In particular, the job involves:

·         Conducting essential research and evaluation work that underpins future development of NWP capability and NWP impact products.

·         Development of NWP impact products, ensuring they meet appropriate scientific and technical standards whilst meeting the customer's expectation.

·         Direct contact with software developers, business development colleagues, customers and other stakeholders, working together to ensure the delivery of effective solutions.

·         Providing scientific support for users of NWP impact products.

·         Undertaking defence related meteorological consultancy work.

Specific job purpose

To provide and to improve the provision of scientific advice to defence customers through the application of scientific research to Numerical Weather Prediction impact products and consultancy services.

Specific job responsibilities

·         Undertake research and development to deliver agreed outputs on time and in full that significantly improve Met Office systems, products or advice for the benefit of defence customers.

·         Provide advice to management on the scientific direction and planning of work packages within your area of expertise in order to ensure a coherent, long-term direction for the work that meets customer needs.

·         Maintain and promote the Met Office's scientific capability, reputation and integrity by the presentation, publication and documentation of work internally and externally.

·         Provide mentoring and scientific and technical advice within your area of expertise to support to other team members in order to improve the effectiveness of the team.

·         Provide scientific support to users of operational defence products.

·         Ensure that existing products are maintained in line with expected improvements in the Met Office's Numerical Weather Prediction capability.

Qualifications, skills and abilities required


·         An honours degree (2:2 or above or equivalent) in a scientific or related discipline.

·         An ability to work flexibly on a number of different projects at any given time, whilst working to strict deadlines (often at short notice).

·         An ability to apply, with limited supervision, quality scientific analysis and mathematical skills to a research problem.

·         An ability to provide significant contributions to innovative and realistic solutions for colleagues or customers.

·         Through collaboration and consultation, an ability to establish and maintain valuable relationships with colleagues and customers, understanding and responding to their needs.

·         Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, with both customers and internal colleagues across both science and business areas.

·         Proficiency in programming in one or more high-level computing languages for data analysis or for providing solutions to colleagues or customers.

·         Proficient use of a variety of software applications for the delivery of solutions to colleagues or customers.


·         An understanding of the requirements of defence customers.

·         Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Exploitation of risk-based or probabilistic products; Surface exchange or atmospheric boundary-layer meteorology; radiative transfer; forecasting.

·         UK nationality.

Additional supplementary information

You will work on several projects for a variety of different customers, which, depending on your skills may include the development of risk-based advice for defence customers or the development of surface temperature models for various man-made objects. You will need to be agile and versatile with your work, responding to changing demands and being willing to develop and apply your scientific expertise to new areas of research, development and delivery. You will have the opportunity for travel to workshops, conferences and scientific trials and publication of research work in peer-reviewed journals is strongly encouraged. As a customer face of science, you will also have the opportunity, supported by business-facing colleagues, for discussions directly with Met Office customers. Management will be supportive of post-holders who wish to increase their security clearance level through the Developed Vetting process.

Due to the nature of the work involved, it is essential that the successful candidate has UK nationality or nationality of an EU country or nationality of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA.



Laura Giblin  HR Associate

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1392 886031
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