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[Met-jobs] Met Office Job Vacancy - UM Partner Support Scientist

From "Giblin, Laura" <>
To "''" <>
Cc "Missen, Hannah" <>
Date Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:34:05 +0000




Please can you advertise the following for us?





UM partner support scientist


Exeter HQ

Contract type


Salary range

21675.00 - 29100.00 GBP per Year

Opening date


Closing date



Salary Information

£21,675 and for exceptional candidates up to £29,100


The provision of the Unified Model, its supporting software and its data are key to Met Office scientific and business partnerships both nationally and internationally.

This post supports the provision of the UM and its data across science and business partnerships. The postholder will provide user support and carry out technical work to upgrade and implement model configurations. An increasing element will include development of the real-time Initialisation Data Service, providing lateral boundary data and model output used to drive remote configurations. The post will also maintain and develop a range of collaboration tools used to improve cross-institutional working, such as twiki and newsgroups. There will be opportunities to work at UM partner sites, and to undertake research aligned with the UM partnership technical or science programmes.

Job Purpose

To support UM applications at partner sites with an emphasis on operational short-range NWP and real-time provision of data, as well as supporting the wider interests of the UM partnership through development of collaboration tools and scientific and technical development of the UM.

Job Responsibilities

Provide technical support and training to international UM partners to allow the UM and associated software to be used effectively.
Provide technical support and development as part of international capacity building programmes.
Provide support for UM partner use of the Initialisation Data Service, and make the required changes to develop the Initialisation Data Service for use at each Parallel Suite.
Develop communication tools to allow international UM partners to increase the effectiveness of their use and development of the UM and associated software.
Through collaborative research, to support and enhance the ability of the UM and associated software to improve weather and climate forecast and services from short range through to climate timescales.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Strong scientific or technical background, such as a PhD or equivalent experience in a physical science or mathematics.
2. Experience of running large codes such as the UM together with an ability to troubleshoot problems.
3. Evidence of ability to foster collaboration and work well with people to build partnerships.
4. Strong computing skills - Fortran, Unix and some use of High Performance Computing.
5. An organised approach to work with the ability to discern priorities amongst a range of competing demands.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Knowledge and experience of running the UM for research or operations.
2. Experience of running and analysing associated software e.g. FCM, Rose and Cylc, and experience using diagnostic tools e.g. python and Iris.
3. Previous experience in providing training.
4. A willingness to undertake occasional temporary detached duty visits to collaborating organisations for periods of around 1 week to 1 month.

Additional Supplementary Information

This position provides excellent opportunity for career development through interaction across the Met Office and with our UM partners, and to develop your skills for a more senior role.


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