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[Met-jobs] FW: Met Office Vacancy: Ocean Scientist

From "Chalcraft, Rachel" <>
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Date Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:02:04 +0000


Location - Exeter HQ

Contract type - Permanent

Salary range - 26010.00 - 35040.00 GBP per Year

Opening date - 09-07-2014

Closing date - 22-07-2014


Salary Information

£26,010 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits and Civil Service pension.

The role

Organisations rely on our world-leading science and forecasting capabilities to operate safely and efficiently. As such, it’s crucial that our models and systems are as innovative as possible and analyses are accurate, reliable and high quality. The Ocean Forecasting Research and Development group is responsible for the science behind the reanalyses and forecasts we produce for the world’s oceans and regional seas. Developing, maintaining and evaluating a range of operational ocean and wave models, this crucial business area creates products which are central to the EU MyOcean Marine Service and support Naval operations, as well as a growing number of commercial customers. Joining the Ocean Forecasting Development team, you’ll play a crucial role in maintaining, supporting and developing our innovative ocean systems, the Forecast Ocean Assimilation Model (‘FOAM’) and Operational Sea Surface Temperature and Ice Analysis (‘OSTIA’). Trialling the ocean systems and scientifically evaluating the results, you’ll inform decision-making on implementation of operational developments and how we can produce higher quality data in more unified ways. Do our ocean systems best meet the needs of end-users? What could be improved further? You’ll investigate and solve problems in complex model systems and have the opportunity to drive through improvements and carry out ocean forecast validation studies. Through analysis and assessment, enhancement and evaluation, you’ll have a valuable impact on our operational ocean systems and marine safety across the world.

The person

You’ll combine scientific knowledge and experience with excellent communication and team working skills. In order to be considered for the role, you’ll need to meet the following essential criteria:

1. Good first degree (UK 2:1 or above) in a mathematically or physically based science.
2. PhD (or equivalent research experience) in a mathematically or physically based science.
3. Good understanding and/or substantive productive experience in development and validation of numerical models or data assimilation systems, in the area of physical oceanography or similar science.
4. Strong evidence of scientific programming skills.
5. Ability to work in a united way with scientists and technical staff both within the Met Office and with external collaborators to deliver system improvements.
6. Evidence of good oral and written scientific communication skills.
7. Demonstrated drive to deliver high quality scientific output in a timely fashion through effective planning.

If you have any of the following desirable criteria, that’s even better:

1. Background in physical oceanography.
2. Scientific and technical knowledge of the ocean model NEMO, the sea ice model CICE, or the data assimilation system NEMOVAR.
3. Scientific knowledge of satellite sea surface temperature observations.

What we can offer you

We’ll invest in your development and continued learning and support you to achieve your professional goals and ambitions. Rewards? There are plenty of those too. A competitive pension, opportunities for flexible working, performance-related pay schemes, some great benefits as well as 25 days’ holiday, which increases to 30 days’ after 5 years. And based in our award-winning Exeter headquarters, you’ll have world-class facilities all around you.

About us

Like millions of others, you probably know us best for the weather forecasts that you hear on the news or read on your phone. But did you know that our forecasts reach as far as space? Or that high profile organisations across the world – from governments and the military, to the NHS and utility companies, rely on our expertise to operate safely and efficiently? Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, through idea generation and enthusiasm, we collaborate to challenge the ordinary every day because we believe in the best. The best for our customers, the best for your career. It’s a career where you’ll be challenged, developed and fascinated; a career where whatever you do, your work will make a valuable contribution to the bigger picture. A career to be proud of.


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