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[Met-jobs] Met Office Job Vacancy - Marine Data Assimilation Scientist

From "Giblin, Laura" <>
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Date Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:10:26 +0000



Please can you advertise the following for us?




Marine Data Assimilation Scientist

Salary: Starting £29,930 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits, including Civil Service Pension

Profession: Science and Engineering

Permanent. Full time at Met Office, Exeter

Opening date for applications: 18 October 2013, 09:00

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2013

Further Info:

Background information

The ability to provide accurate forecasts of the ocean and atmosphere is dependent upon accurate initialisation of the forecast models using data assimilation. The Marine Data Assimilation group within the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development area develops and maintains the data assimilation code which is used for short-range ocean forecasting as well as the ocean component of the data assimilation code for coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasts out to longer-range, including monthly and seasonal time-scales.

The ocean data assimilation system is called NEMOVAR, a variational data assimilation scheme developed for use in the NEMO ocean model with external collaborators (including ECMWF, CERFACS and INRIA). This system has been implemented in the various ocean model configurations in 3DVar first-guess-at-appropriate-time mode.

A broad range of ocean data assimilation tasks will be shared between the job holder and other marine data assimilation team members, with a specific focus on further developments to the ocean and coupled data assimilation systems for improving coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasts.

Specific job purpose

To develop the ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere data assimilation schemes to improve the accuracy of global coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasts at time-scales ranging from a few days out to six months.

Specific job responsibilities

·         Assist the development and assessment of the NEMOVAR data assimilation scheme for use in ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere models.

·         Assist the development and assessment of the coupled ocean-atmosphere data assimilation system for use in coupled ocean-atmosphere models.

·         Contribute to the broader work of the group where appropriate, and to national and international projects.

·         Present the work of Ocean Forecasting R&D, both at conferences and meetings and in the literature.

·         Liaise with relevant groups outside Ocean Forecasting R&D, including other Met Office groups (particularly the seasonal forecasting group), the wider academic community and NEMOVAR collaborators.

Qualifications, skills and abilities required


·         Degree (2:1 or above, a 2:2 may be considered in exceptional circumstances) in mathematics, physics, meteorology, oceanography or related subject with a significant mathematical content.

·         Substantial post-doctoral experience in ocean science, data assimilation or a closely related area.

·         Experience working with scientific computer codes.

·         Knowledge of data assimilation techniques.

·         Demonstrated ability to be self-driven and work well independently.

·         Demonstrated, clear communication skills both written and oral.

·         Ability to write scientific papers and reports.

·         Ability to work well in a team environment and with other teams.


·         Experience with Met Office systems such as NEMO and NEMOVAR.

·         Proven ability in developing and using ocean data-assimilation schemes.

·         Relevant scientific papers published in peer-reviewed literature.

·         Experience assessing the performance of numerical models.



Laura Giblin  HR Associate

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