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[Met-jobs] Met Office Vacancy - Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Research Scientist

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Please could you advertise this for us?




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Hannah Missen  HR Associate for Science & TIS.


Met Office  Fitzroy Road  Exeter  Devon  EX1 3PB  United Kingdom

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Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Research Scientist


Exeter HQ

Contract type


Salary range

21675.00 - 29100.00 GBP per Year

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Closing date



Salary Information

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

The Met Office is both a WMO Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) for aviation and a WMO Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) for radiological events. As well as this, we provide operational support to UK Government and Emergency Services in a range of other scenarios. We’re proud to be world leaders in atmospheric composition and dispersion and Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality (ADAQ) is a crucial strategic area of our work. The teams in this area are responsible for developing and operating two key modelling systems: our world-leading NAME atmospheric dispersion model and the AQUM forecast model which provides important UK air quality forecast information. Both models are used operationally and as research tools and recently their wide-ranging capabilities have received growing interest in their adoption and application from external organisations. In this impactful role, you’ll develop these capabilities even further.

Working with NAME and AQUM, we’d like you to develop and utilise both models to enhance our atmospheric composition prediction capabilities. What more can we be doing with these models? How can we use them in more effective and synergic ways to study wider issues? You’ll take on a range of research, development and application challenges, contributing to model development and the delivery of new services. Working at the forefront of atmospheric dispersion and composition modelling, you’ll develop and maintain forecast verification systems to allow objective evaluation of model forecasts against observations. As our work in this field is internationally respected, we’re absolutely committed to continuous improvement and innovation. You’ll undertake atmospheric composition research and work closely with ADAQ teams to develop new model configurations which support the delivery of forecast services to external organisations. Taking on varied, stimulating challenges and sharing knowledge, you’ll collaborate closely with other areas of the Met Office and international partner organisations.

The person

For this role, we’re looking for someone from Foundation to Scientist level and you’ll need the following essential criteria to be considered for the role:

1. Both levels: An honours degree (2:2 or above or equivalent) in a mathematical, physical science or related discipline.
Scientist: a PhD or an equivalent level of professional experience in a relevant discipline.
2. Demonstrable experience in scientific computer programming.
Foundation Scientist: Experience of setting up, modifying and running simple code and performing basic analysis.
Scientist: Experience of writing and modifying moderately complex code and producing high quality data analysis.
3. Good problem solving skills and a careful approach to checking work.
Foundation Scientist: Evidence of ability to learn and apply simple technical or analytical techniques to basic scientific problems.
Scientist: Demonstrate good scientific knowledge of own subject area and ability to recognise potential for scientific investigations and learn new techniques/knowledge and apply them to own area of research.
4. Both levels: Team working skills and experience.
5. Both levels: An ability to work flexibly and adjust to shifting priorities.

If you’ve any of the following desirable criteria, even better:

1. Experience of atmospheric dispersion/composition research.
2. Experience of developing complex meteorological and/or atmospheric dispersion and/or atmospheric composition models.
3. Understanding of tropospheric chemistry and aerosol processes.

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

Additional Supplementary Information

Publication of work in the refereed literature and through conference attendance will be encouraged for this role.

Please note that interviews for this post are scheduled to be held in early January 2015.


After suitable training the successful job holder would be expected to join many in the team in providing out of hours support in support of Met Office operational staff. In line with this they would receive the appropriate additional allowances.


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