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[Met-jobs] Met Office job - Ocean Modelling scientist

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Date Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:39:45 +0000

Salary Information

£26,010 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 Environment Monitoring Service and support naval operations, as well as a growing number of commercial customers.

The Ocean Forecasting Development team are responsible for implementing developments into our operational ocean systems and maintaining and supporting these systems. As Ocean Modelling Scientist, you’ll improve and evaluate the Forecast Ocean Assimilation Model (FOAM), with particular responsibility for Deep Ocean configurations. You’ll bring together developments from other ocean groups and implement them into the operational configuration, before setting up and carrying out trials of the FOAM system. You’ll then scientifically evaluate the results to inform whether or not to implement the development operationally. Your role will increasingly involve using a coupled modelling system which combines FOAM with the Met Office’s world-leading Unified Model of the atmosphere. You’ll carry out research and development to improve the accuracy of global coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasts at timescales ranging from a few days out to six months. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in ground-breaking research that will impact the future of both ocean and atmospheric forecasts.

Our new Ocean Modelling Scientist could join us at either scientist or senior scientist level, depending on experience.

The person

You may have recently finished a PhD or be working in a scientific or research focused organisation. Wherever you come from it’s essential you’re a team player with the ability to solve problems in complex model systems.

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 with 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: 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. Background in physical oceanography.
2. Scientific and technical knowledge of the ocean model NEMO, the sea ice model CICE, or the data assimilation system NEMOVAR.

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.


To apply please go to our Careers website -


Fiona Verney HR Resourcing Team Leader - Operations & Science

Met Office, FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom

Tel: Resourcing - 01392 886596








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