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[Met-jobs] Applied Climate Scientist (x2 vacancies)

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Date Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:20:51 +0000

Applied Climate Scientist (x2 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: 15 October 2013, 15:00

Closing date for applications: 3 November 2013


Background information

Customers are increasingly requesting information over a broad range of timescales in order to understand how weather and climate affects their interests. Translation of our core scientific expertise into bespoke products and services is scientifically and technically challenging and was the key driver behind the creation of the Applied Science Directorate earlier this year.

In addition to customers within Government, we currently provide guidance to a wide range of sectors including those in the energy, transport, retail, marine, mining and water industries. The Insurance and Capital Markets sector has been recognised as a key area that will directly contribute to the continuing success of the Met Office. In order to realise these aspirations, a Science Team is being created to develop the capabilities that are expected by these scientifically demanding customers. The team will initially focus on development of hazard services with the expectation that the team members will influence and contribute to the development of a wider range of services in the longer term.

Reporting to the Science Manager of the Insurance and Capital Markets Science team, the postholder will work across weather and climate timescales to deliver industry focussed science, tools and products. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside industry partners, drawing upon scientific expertise and sector knowledge to develop prototype services for this sector.


Specific job purpose

To develop the science required to deliver industry focussed tools, products and services targeted at the Insurance and Capital Markets sector that enable growth and enhance the Met Office's reputation.


Specific job responsibilities

·         Develop and apply suitable techniques for analysing and quantifying the impacts and associated risks of weather and/or climate upon the customer's business.

·         Work across the Met Office to understand current and future Met Office capabilities; identifying, developing and applying capability to address identified customer requirements.

·         Lead the production of project reports for customers and the publication of scientific papers based on the project outputs (as applicable).

·         Represent the Met Office at customer meetings, scientific conferences, seminars etc. where the science of weather and climate change impacts and responses need to be presented, discussed and explored.

·         Support members of the team to enhance scientific and technical capability and understanding of customer requirements.


Qualifications, skills and abilities required


·         A good background in physical science, maths or similar discipline to at least degree level (2:1 or above).
Scientist/Senior Scientist: Together with a strong record of research or development of meteorological or climate applications.

·         Demonstrated drive to deliver high quality output in a timely fashion through effective planning and creation of solutions to obstacles.
Senior Scientist: Together with evidence of planning and leading major research project or leading development of customer applications.

·         Ability to learn new scientific or technical skills readily and apply them in response to specific requirements.

·         Foundation Scientist: Experience in scientific analysis packages and/or programming languages.
Scientist/Senior Scientist: Strong mathematical and analytical skills and experience of programming in one or more high level computing languages (e.g. IDL, Python, R).

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific or technical information to specialists and non-specialists.
Scientist/Senior Scientist: Together with ability to build sound working relationships with colleagues and customers.

·         Demonstrated ability to listen actively, discuss and understand the needs of customers and propose solutions to address those needs.
Senior Scientist: Evidence of presenting innovative solutions to significant research problems or customer requirements.

·         Senior Scientist: Expertise in either undertaking statistical analysis (e.g. of extreme events) or analysis of geophysical hazards (e.g. wind, floods, heatwaves, wildfires, landslides) or closely related activities.


·         Scientist: Experience of developing prototypes/agile development techniques.
Senior Scientist: A track record in delivering applied science for industry specific application with evidence of agile development approaches.

·         Good understanding of current and emerging weather science and/or climate science.

·         Evidence of use of statistics in a research context.


Additional supplementary information

This role will involve frequent communication with customers. The successful candidate must be willing to travel for customer meetings, possibly one day a month.


Application forms and further information

Please mark your request or returned application form: Applied Climate Scientist (x2 vacancies) 002874 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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