February 2015
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[Met-jobs] Met Office job - Ocean data assimilation scientist

From "Verney, Fiona" <>
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Date Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:38:46 +0000

Salary Information

£21,675 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits including 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 (OFR&D) group develop, maintain and evaluate a range of operational ocean and wave models and this crucial business area creates products which are central to the EU Marine Core Service and support Naval operations, as well as a growing number of commercial customers.

The Marine Data Assimilation Team within OFR&D is responsible for carrying out research and development relevant to ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasting. Data assimilation is vital for forecasting as it combines the available satellite and in situ observations with previous model forecasts in order to provide the initial conditions for future forecasts. Joining this crucial team, you’ll develop ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere data assimilation schemes to improve the accuracy of global coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasts at timescales ranging from a few days out to six months. You’ll carry out research and development work on ocean data assimilation and coupled ocean-atmosphere data assimilation, contributing to the EU project ERA-CLIM2. As part of the role, we’d like you to calculate error covariances between ocean and atmosphere variables using various techniques, understand the outputs of these calculations and draw conclusions. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in a ground-breaking piece of scientific research working with world-leading scientists using world-leading technology.

Our new Data Assimilation Scientist could join us at any level, depending on experience: foundation scientist, scientist or senior scientist.

The person

Depending on what level you join us, you could have recently finished a degree or PhD or be working in a scientific or research focused organisation. Wherever you come from it’s essential you’re a team player with a background in Physics or Mathematics, and you would ideally have a knowledge of Oceanography or Data Assimilation. 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.
Scientist/Senior level: Significant and relevant post-degree experience and/or qualification (e.g. PhD).
2. 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.
Senior level: Same as scientist level but with significant experience of either: a) development of numerical models or data assimilation systems; b) maintenance/support of numerical models or data assimilation systems; or c) model validation. (All in the area of physical oceanography or similar science.)
3. Strong evidence of scientific programming skills.
4. 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.
5. Evidence of good oral and written scientific communication skills.
6. 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. Knowledge of data assimilation techniques.
2. Scientific and technical knowledge of the ocean model NEMO, the sea ice model CICE, or the data assimilation system NEMOVAR.
3. Relevant scientific papers published in peer-reviewed literature.

About us

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.

What we can offer you

We’re constantly moving forwards, looking to optimise our abilities. Which is why, joining us, we’ll invest in your development to help you be the very best you can be in whatever it is that you do. Rewards? There are plenty of those too. A competitive pension, opportunities for flexible working, performance-related pay schemes, some great benefits as well as 27.5 days’ holiday, which increases to 32.5 days’ after 5 years.

Additional Information

Please note that sponsorship to work in the UK may be available for this post.


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