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[Met-jobs] Met Office Vacancy - Post-Processing Scientist

From HRrecruitment <HRrecruitment@metoffice.gov.uk>
To "'met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk'" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:10:06 +0000

HI,

 

Please can you advertise the following for us?

 

Thanks,

 

Post-Processing Scientist

http://careers.metoffice.gov.uk/current-vacancies

 

Location

Exeter HQ

Contract type

Permanent

Salary range

21675.00 - 29100.00 GBP per Year

Opening date

09-10-2014

Closing date

31-10-2014

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Salary Information

£21,675 and for exceptional candidates up to £29,100 + competitive benefits and Civil Service Pension

Background

The Met Office, as a world leading authority in meteorology, produces and delivers weather forecasts from a range of deterministic and ensemble numerical weather prediction models, which are used to generate a wide array of products to deliver to customers worldwide. Post-processing of the raw model data is currently used both to further improve quality of the data and derive additional forecasts, such as the nowcasts (rapidly updated with the latest observations to provide prediction for the next few hours). The “UKPP PGS” system is also used reformat the data and to directly generate many of the products.

The Gridded Post-Processing team are responsible not only for improving the science, and supporting and developing the existing system, but also for driving forward a range of strategic initiatives, working closely with Technology and Information Services (TIS) to achieve this.

In the future, the gridded post-processing will be used to provide standard forecast information, isolating downstream users from model changes, with all gridded data being delivered through the post-processing suite. Site-specific post-processing already blends forecasts from various sources to provide BestData; this approach will be extended to the gridded forecasts to provide a seamless best gridded forecast from minutes to 2 weeks ahead. The gridded data process will be streamlined to use standard processing, software and scientific data formats.

Job Purpose

To apply scientific and technical knowledge to contribute to the definition and delivery of post-processed gridded weather forecast data, which most optimally meets the evolving customer need.

Job Responsibilities

Develop and implement new and improved post-processing techniques.
Contribute to the definition, development and implementation of a seamless, best gridded weather forecast.
Contribute to the development and implementation of a post-processing system, delivering standard forecast information, independent of numerical weather prediction model changes.
Help pull-though numerical weather prediction model improvements into weather forecast products.
Liaise with customers to understand their requirements and inform the definition and delivery of standard weather forecast information best meeting their needs.
Work closely with Technical & Information Services to develop and implement a streamlined data process using standard processing, software and scientific data formats.
Help maintain and support the gridded post-processing system.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Foundation Scientist: Good honours degree in a physical-/mathematics-based science (2.1 or above) or demonstration of equivalent experience.
Scientist: Relevant PhD or equivalent research experience
2. Both roles: Demonstrates an ability to apply a broad scientific knowledge to specific problems and scenarios.
Foundation Scientist: Evidence of the ability to learn and apply simple technical and analytical techniques to basic scientific problems.
Scientist: Demonstrates good scientific knowledge of own subject area and ability to recognise potential for scientific investigations and learn new techniques/knowledge and apply them to one area of research.
3. Both roles: Demonstrated ability to communicate their own scientific and technical work to other specialists.
Scientist: Ability to clearly communicate the work of their team to non-specialists.
4. Both roles: Demonstrated ability to learn and apply software tools and/or programming languages.
Foundation Scientist: Experience setting up and running simple code and performing basic analysis.
Scientist: Experience of writing and modifying complex code and producing high quality analysis.
5. Both roles: Evidence of the ability to work and collaborate as an active and productive member of a team.
Scientist: Evidence of ability to provide scientific/technical advice to other team members.
6. Scientist: Proven ability to plan and manage your own work, with limited supervision.
7. Both roles: Proven ability to develop new skills quickly.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Software programming experience in Fortran, C, python or IDL.
2. Working knowledge of one or more of the following scientific gridded data formats: netCDF, GRIB, Nimrod format, FieldsFile & PP format.
3. Knowledge and experience in atmospheric science, numerical modelling or statistical processing.

Additional Supplementary Information

Please apply against the criteria for which your experience is most relevant. We may additionally sift your application at a level above or below the level at which you applied.

 

 



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