|From||"Roger Brugge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Tue, 20 May 2014 08:28:20 +0000|
Link to vacancy on our careers website: https://iframe.recruitmentplatform.com/met_office/external/details.html?nPostingID=255&nPostingTargetID=483&option=52&sort=DESC&respnr=1&ID=Q5JFK026203F3VBQB79LO8NXG&Resultsperpage=10&lg=UK&mask=metext Atmospheric Inversion Modeller Location Exeter HQ Contract type Permanent Salary range 26010.00 - 35040.00 GBP per Year Opening date 12-05-2014 Closing date 30-05-2014 [mologo.jpg] Salary Information £26,010 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits, including Civil Service pension. Background The Earth System and its interactions with human activities is one of the four main themes of the Met Office Science Plan. The Earth System and Mitigation Science (ESMS) team has a world-leading track record in the field of stratospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, inverse modelling, atmospheric aerosols, and the terrestrial carbon cycle. It delivers policy relevant research to our government and commercial customers as well as performing underpinning research on emissions and gas-phase chemistry and their interactions with climate, aerosols and ecosystems. The Greenhouse Gas Inversion group within ESMS is responsible for maintaining our world-leading reputation in the field of verification of regional emissions and inverse modelling in general. Understanding current and future changes in atmospheric composition due to changes in emissions and climate are important to policy customers. The focus is on policy-relevant timescales through understanding the atmospheric trends and UK emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) over the last 25 years. The group uses NAME, the Met Office atmospheric dispersion model, and uses and develops the Inversion Technique for Emission Modelling (InTEM) model. The group contributes modelling and analysis to international activities such as the EU project INGOS and AGAGE (Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment) and actively collaborates with the UK academic community (currently; Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester and Imperial). The scientist/senior scientist will join ESMS comprising of more than 20 research scientists. The jobholder will be expected to contribute to the development of InTEM and to perform novel research in the field of inverse modelling. They will also have opportunities to actively participate in a wide range of national and international research activities, such as the NERC project GAUGE and AGAGE. Inverse modelling for estimating emissions uses information from observations of atmospheric trace gases (e.g. methane and nitrous oxide), combined with estimates of how emissions dilute on route to the measurement site (e.g. through the use of NAME). By comparing the modelled time-series of concentration with the observations, the modelled emissions can be adjusted to maximise the statistical fit between the modelled and observed time-series. Key areas of development in inverse modelling are; statistical uncertainty, background atmospheric concentrations, the use of prior knowledge or information. Inverse modelling is a rapidly developing area of science with many innovative approaches being explored e.g. Monte Carlo Markov Chain methods, statistical emulators, principle component analysis, use of satellite data to complement surface observations, uses of isotopes to separate emissions from different source categories. The successful candidate will work closely with the University community (principally Bristol and Cambridge) to develop and implement some of these ideas within InTEM. There is also a strong link to ADAQ, the Met Office dispersion group, and their use of InTEM for emergency response. The commercial contract with DECC (Dept. of Energy and Climate Change), the backbone to the funding, is now in its 15th year (just extended) and encourages strong collaboration with the international community, e.g. AGAGE. The AGAGE community have twice yearly meetings at various locations around the world and the Met Office is an integral part of this programme providing key information for the interpretation of the observations. INGOS is a European programme requiring strong collaboration with the key inverse modelling groups across Europe. GAUGE, a new NERC programme focussed on inverse modelling, offers the opportunity for close collaboration with the UK university community. Please see the website www.metoffice.gov.uk/atmospheric-trends for a flavour of the work. Job Purpose To deliver excellent scientific research in the field of atmospheric inversion modelling, to actively collaborate with a wide range of national and international organisations and to deliver relevant and timely information to our customers. Job Responsibilities Contribute to developing and innovatively using InTEM to further improve our understanding and quantification of the emissions of key GHGs. Contribute to the successful delivery of research contracts that have important UK and international significance. To estimate the long-term trends of key GHG and ozone-depleting gases and encourage their use through maintaining an external web site. To present scientific research in peer-reviewed journals and at national and international scientific meetings and conferences. To look for and explore innovative uses of InTEM and NAME within the Hadley Centre and more widely both within and outside of the Met Office. Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities 1. Both levels: A strong background (2.1 degree or better) in mathematics, physics or related discipline. 2. Both levels: Demonstrated competence in postgraduate research in a mathematically based subject area. For senior scientist: Significant postdoctoral research record. 3. Both levels: Proven ability to develop and use complex numerical models, including effective computer programming in FORTRAN, IDL, UNIX and/or Python. 4. Both levels: Evidence of ability to communicate own work to the academic and wider communities both orally and in writing. Appropriate publication record for stage of career. Senior Scientist: Demonstrated ability to communicate to specialists and non-specialists and to be able to positively interact with them. 5. Both levels: Evidence of ability to work innovatively and independently on scientific projects. Senior Scientist: Evidence of ability to lead scientific project-work and enthusiasm to seek and develop new areas of research. 6. Both levels: Evidence of ability to work effectively as part of a small team and be able to demonstrate strong positive inter-personal skills. Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities 1. Experience of inverse modelling. 2. Experience of atmospheric dispersion modelling. 3. Experience of analysing data using complex mathematical models. Additional Supplementary Information There will also be opportunities to develop mentoring skills through University PhD students and other UK researchers. The location of the position will be at the Met Office Exeter HQ. Opportunities for international and national travel and collaboration with a wide range of academic and government organisations. Please apply against the criteria for which your experience is most appropriate. We may additionally sift your application at a level above or below the level at which you applied. If successful at passing the sift stage, we will inform you at what level we think your experience aligns within the invitation to interview letter. If the successful candidate is currently in a role in the Met Office scientific framework, they will ordinarily remain in the role to which they are currently mapped.
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