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[Met-jobs] Dynamics Research Scientist (up to 2 vacancies) to be advertised 14/10/13.

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Date Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:11:57 +0000

Dynamics Research Scientist (up to two vacancies)

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

Generic role: Foundation Scientist (RD007), Scientist (RD006) or Senior Scientist (RD005)

Profession: Science and Engineering

Permanent. Full time at Met Office, Exeter

Opening date for applications: 14 October 2013

Closing date for applications: 3 November 2013

Background information

The foundation of the Met Office's success in operational numerical weather and climate prediction is its Unified Model (UM). The UM is built around its dynamical core which encompasses the numerical solution of the non-hydrostatic set of equations governing atmospheric flow. Specifically the dynamical core simulates the fluid dynamical processes of the atmosphere that can be resolved by the model.

Dynamics Research (DR) is a small group that is responsible for all aspects of the UM's current and future dynamical cores. The group is currently working to make operational a replacement dynamical core (ENDGame) which will improve the model's robustness, accuracy and efficiency. At the same time we are the lead partner in GungHo, a joint project with Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) that is researching and developing the design of a dynamical core suitable for use on supercomputers that we envisage will be available at the end of this decade. The efficient use of such machines will require a model with a step change in scalability. This requires the replacement of the current latitude-longitude grid with a more uniform structure. The challenge is to achieve this whilst at least maintaining the accuracy of the current UM.

Specific job purpose

As part of a team, to develop, validate and implement the next dynamical core of the UM in order to improve the model's scalability whilst at least maintaining its accuracy and robustness.

Specific job responsibilities

·         To undertake fundamental research to develop numerical methods and algorithms for the next generation dynamical core.

·         To develop the 3D prototype of that dynamical core so that its scalability, accuracy and robustness can be assessed.

·         Using numerical analysis and carefully designed numerical experimentation, to validate the performance of the prototype model in order to identify any weaknesses in the formulation.

·         To research, develop and implement solutions to address any weaknesses and improve the performance of the prototype.

·         To develop the operational prototype with particular attention to optimisation on a massively parallel supercomputer architecture to ensure the benefits of the new dynamical core are realised.

·         To publish results within international peer-reviewed journals and present results at international conferences to maintain scientific credibility and the Met Office's reputation.

·         As part of the wider DR team, to contribute to the maintenance and continual development of the operational dynamical core of the Unified Model.

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 experience.
Senior scientist: substantial post-doctoral experience in this specific area of atmospheric science.

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

·         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).


·         Evidence of ability to perform numerical analysis and apply it to practical problems.

·         A good fluid dynamical background, particularly of geophysical fluid dynamics.

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

Additional supplementary information

Dynamics Research has a very close working relationship with one of the Met Office Joint Chairs at Exeter as well as significant interaction with a number of universities via the GungHo project. The post therefore offers considerable opportunity for personal development in a number of complementary areas.

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).

Internal staff currently in the Met Office "Science and Engineering" profession would normally be appointed at their current role.

Application forms and further information

Please mark your request or returned application form: Dynamics Research Scientist 002875 R

Please complete this form (using Adobe Reader 9 or above). You can save the form part-way through and return to it later, using the Adobe Reader toolbar. Once you are happy with it submit it using the button at the end of the form. Alternatively, print the form out, complete by hand, and return by post.

Application formDownload application form (PDF, 199 kB)

Guidance notesGuidance notes and information for applicants (PDF, 57 kB)

If you require a Microsoft Word version of the application form, please email including the words 'application request' in the subject line. An automatic email will be returned to you immediately. If you have not received an email within 48 hours then please contact us.

Alternatively, you can call or write to:

HR Customer Services
Met Office
FitzRoy Road

Tel: 01392 885000

We are unable to reply to each applicant individually. If you have had no response from us within four weeks of the closing date please assume you have been unsuccessful. If you meet the sift criteria but have applied more than three times for the same or similar job within the last two years, it will be up to the recruiting manager's discretion whether to offer you an interview.

Nationality and residency requirements

All successful applicants offered conditional employment at the Met Office are required to undertake national security vetting. Usually successful applicants can start after satisfactory initial security vetting (whilst full national security vetting is undertaken), but for a small number of posts a higher level of vetting is needed. If you do not have five years' continuous UK residency this may take longer and we may have to reconsider your application if there are delays in the security procedure.

Please note that nationality and residency restrictions of this kind are common with all UK Civil Service departments and Executive Agencies. For further guidance see the UK Border Agency's Working in the UK website.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled applicants

To widen the pool of candidates we guarantee an interview to disabled applicants who meet the published minimum criteria for the job.

To qualify for a guaranteed interview, you do not have to be registered as a disabled person but you must have a disability or long-term health condition that puts you at a substantial disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping employment. The disability must be likely to last for at least 12 months.

To apply for a guaranteed interview, please complete the appropriate section of the application form. When appropriate, you should provide details of any particular arrangements you will require for the interview, e.g. car parking, speech facilitator.

Any false declaration of disability to obtain an interview may invalidate any resultant contract of employment.

Priority status for staff in the Civil Service Surplus Talent Pool

If you are an existing Civil Servant and have applied through the CS Vacs website, your application will be given priority status, in that your application will be assessed for suitability before other applications are entertained. Surplus staff should provide a letter from their HR department confirming this status and attach it to their application form.

Civil Service Recruitment Principles and the Civil Service Code

The Met Office's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the mailbox or telephone 01392 885000 in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Met Office, contact the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.

In addition, the Civil Service Code sets out the core Civil Service values and the standards of behaviour expected of all civil servants in supporting the Government in developing and implementing its policies, and in delivering services to the public.

Commitment to diversity

The Met Office values diversity and recruits on merit.

Benefits and facilities

Employees can join the Civil Service Pension Scheme called 'Nuvos', a defined benefit scheme which both you and the Met Office contribute to. You also have the option to join a partnership scheme where the employer can contribute and you can contribute if you wish. For more details please see the Civil Service Pensions website .

·         Annual Leave allowance of 25 days (plus 8 days public holiday and 2½ privilege days taken at fixed times during the year).

·         Training opportunities, performance-related pay and access to the Met Office sports and social club.

·         The potential to work in different areas within the same organisation, but note that employees are expected to complete 24 months in post before applying for alternative posts within the Met Office.

Starting salaries

The pay range is stated at the top of the job description. Entry to the Met Office is normally at the pay range minimum.


Unless stated in the job advert and job description, financial support is not available for candidates to move to the job location.

Payment of interview expenses

Candidates invited for interview will only be paid expenses if stated in the invite to interview letter.


Appointed staff will normally have a full mobility clause written into their employment contract. A small number of roles have a limited mobility obligation.





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