February 2015
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[Met-jobs] Job vacancy - Met Office - Drought Research Scientist

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Date Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:57:28 +0000

Drought Research Scientist

Salary Information

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

The role

Drought – a major climate phenomenon that affects many parts of the world and poses a real and continuing threat to the livelihoods of millions. But what defines drought and what causes it? Our predicting capability of drought remains very limited, reflecting its multifaceted nature and wide range of drivers. Gaining a deeper understanding of drought will aid climate risk assessment and water resource management, and enable us to develop products and services that help countries and organisations to better prepare for its effects. Right now, we’re looking for a Drought Research Scientist to perform valuable research in this area.

In this valued role, you’ll be involved in a major component of our Climate Science Service Partnership - East Asia Climate Variability and Prediction (CSSP-WP3) programme, contributing underpinning scientific research on drought and dry spells. You’ll look at the climate dynamics perspective of drought research and explore the mechanisms, driving factors, potential predictability and feedbacks of drought in East Asia and further afar. From developing suitable diagnostics and exploring sensitivity to model resolution and physical parameterisations, your day-to-day work will be varied. You’ll devise reports, contribute to research plans and provide insightful scientific and technical advice to other team members and international collaborators. This is an exciting opportunity to improve the understanding and modelling of drought processes and make a significant contribution to a programme that will uncover important information on a climate phenomenon that’s yet to be fully explored.

The person

You’ll come to us with a background in physical or environmental science and a passion to expand your knowledge. You’ll combine this with good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to explain technical issues clearly and in a way that is audience-appropriate.

In order to be considered for this role, you’ll need to have the following essential criteria:

1. Strong background in physical science and/or climate.
2. Good scientific computing skills including experience with numerical analysis.
3. Evidence of a high capacity for innovative thought and problem solving.
4. Evidence of the ability to work and collaborate as an active and productive member of a team.
5. Evidence of good written and oral communication skills, appropriate for collaborations and presentations both within and external to the Met Office.

If you possess any of the following desirable criteria, that’s even better:

1. Proven research capability in a relevant discipline (with relevant postgraduate research experience).
2. Keen on international collaboration and travel.
3. Good planning, time management and organisational skills.

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. And based in our award-winning Exeter headquarters, you’ll have world-class facilities all around you.

Additional Supplementary Information

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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