February 2015
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[Met-jobs] Met Office vacancy - UM Partner Support Scientist

From "Verney, Fiona" <>
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Date Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:04:01 +0000

Salary Information

Foundation Scientists £21,675 and for exceptional candidates up to £24,250
Scientist £26,010 and for exceptional candidates up to £29,100
+ competitive benefits including Civil Service Pension


Use of the Unified Model for research and operations, its supporting software and data are key to Met Office scientific partnerships both nationally and internationally, and strengthens the Met Office’s position as a global partner of choice for the provision of weather and climate services. In this post you will provide scientific and technical support for the use of coupled model and earth system model configurations for UM partners; help partners contribute to joint scientific and technical infrastructure programmes, e.g. the sixth climate model intercomparison project (CMIP6); provide training, develop UM partner communications, and through the EU funded IS-ENES2 project, provide services for the use of climate models. The post will offer you an opportunity to undertake research related to the UM partner science programme, interact across the Met Office and with our international UM partners at a high level, and develop your skills for a more senior role.

Job Purpose

To support UM applications at partner sites with an emphasis on coupled climate configurations, as well as the wider interests of the UM partnership through training, development of collaboration tools and scientific research and development aimed at improving UM capability.

Job Responsibilities

Provide technical support and training to international UM partners to allow the UM and associated software to be used effectively in coupled climate configurations, both remotely and by visiting partner organisations
Provide technical support for UM partner contributions to science and technical infrastructure programmes, and prepare for joint UM partner contributions to CMIP6.
Provide technical support to organisations using Earth System Model support services as part of the IS-ENES2 project.
Develop communication tools to allow international UM partners to increase the effectiveness of their use and development of the UM and associated software.
Through collaborative research, to support and enhance the ability of the UM and associated software to improve weather and climate forecast and services from short range through to climate timescales.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Scientific or technical background, such as a BSc or equivalent experience in a physical science or mathematics (FS) Strong scientific or technical background, such as a PhD or equivalent experience in a physical science or mathematics (S).
2. Experience of running large codes together with an ability to troubleshoot problems.
3. Evidence of ability to foster collaboration and work well with people to build partnerships.
4. Computing skills - Fortran and Unix (FS) Strong computing skills - Fortran, Unix and some use of High Performance Computing (S).
5. An organised approach to work with the ability to discern priorities amongst a range of competing demands.
6. Previous experience in providing training.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Knowledge and experience of running the UM for weather or climate research.
2. Experience of running and analysing associated software e.g. FCM, Rose and Cylc, and experience using diagnostic tools e.g. python and Iris.
3. Willingness to undertake visits to partner organisations for periods of around 1 week to 1 month.

Additional Supplementary Information

This position provides excellent opportunity for career development through interaction across the Met Office and with our UM partners, and to develop your skills for a more senior role.

Please note, if you do not currently have permission to work in the UK, we will be unable to provide this for you for this vacancy.


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