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[Met-jobs] Met Office Vacancy: Space Weather Applied Scientist

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Hannah Missen  HR Assistant


Met Office  Fitzroy Road  Exeter  Devon  EX1 3PB  United Kingdom

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Space Weather Applied Scientist



Exeter HQ

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Salary range

26010.00 - 35040.00 GBP per Year

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Salary Information

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


Space Weather is a developing area of work at the Met Office, supported by the recent award of UK Government funding. Met Office forecasters provide space weather alerts daily and space weather models (such as the WSA Enlil solar wind model) are being run operationally or are being transitioned into operations. Our work involves collaboration with a number of UK and International groups, most prominently the British Geological Survey and the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, with whom we have signed a Memorandum of Agreement which covers exchange of data, development of space weather services, forecaster training and collaboration on space weather research.

This post shall focus on the operational implementation of space weather models and customer products. Possible initial work may include developing user-focused products based on near time ionospheric analyses or solar wind forecasts, but projects covering the whole range of our space weather activities are within the remit of the post. There is also scope to perform more research-focused work which will lead to operational improvements further down the line.

Job Purpose

To coordinate, develop and implement space weather services within the Met Office, in collaboration with partners, driven by a firm understanding of users needs.

Job Responsibilities

Gain and maintain a basic understanding of both space weather and the forecasting process.
Identify, and either manage the implementation of, or directly implement, scientific models and techniques to support space weather forecasting.
Support the Lead space weather forecaster in the training of forecasters in new space weather forecasting techniques and models.
Represent the Met Office on a number of scientific groups, working alongside other science and business colleagues.
Write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, give presentations at international conferences and take part in relevant international collaborations and working groups, as appropriate, to raise the visibility and reputation of the Met Office in this field.
Perform research projects, leading to improved operational models or services, where required.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. A good background in a physical science or maths to at least degree level (2:1 or above) plus PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant subject (for Scientist role), plus relevant postdoctoral experience (for Senior Scientist role).
2. Demonstrated ability to learn and apply scientific modelling or analysis tools on Met Office or equivalent systems.
3. Proven ability to communicate confidently, tailoring style, content and language to customers, and forecasting, scientific and IT colleagues.
4. Good scientific computing skills (eg in Fortran), and demonstrated ability to effectively use and evaluate the performance of software applications, in order to provide solutions to colleagues or customers.
5. An ability to work flexibly on a number of different projects at any given time, while delivering to strict deadlines.
6. Evidence of effectively achieving major scientific goals with minimal supervision or guidance.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. A background in, or demonstrated interest in, space weather and/or solar and heliospheric physics.

Additional Supplementary Information

This post is a temporary for 18 months.

Candidates showing additional or exceptional evidence of Criteria 2-6 may be appointed at Senior Scientist level (if they also fulfil Essential Criterion 1).

Severe space weather events now appear on the National Risk Register and as a Natural Hazard, and space weather is an increasingly important activity at the Met Office. This post provides a great opportunity to play a consistently leading role in developing and implementing space weather services at the Met Office and to be identified as a Met Office specialist in this field. There is also an opportunity for the postholder to be recognised as a leading authority outside the Met Office, for example via collaborative work or participation in international working groups.


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