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[Met-jobs] Scientific Software Engineer at the Met Office (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:29:10 +0000

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Met Office
Scientific Software Engineers (varying levels of seniority)
£26,010-£35,040 depending on skills and experience + competitive
benefits, including Civil Service Pension
Based in Exeter, Devon

About the role
As a world-leading climate research centre, we undertake scientific
research into many aspects of climate and its variability and changes.
Right now, we have a ‘big data’ challenge on our hands with the EU
Surface Temperature for All Corners of Earth (EUSTACE) project.
Implementing and using novel statistical techniques, we’re aiming to
provide information on surface air temperature for every day since 1850
over ‘all corners of the Earth’. EUSTACE is one of the most significant
projects of its kind ever to be conducted and presents exciting
challenges and a rewarding career opportunity for a Scientific Software
Engineer to join us.

In this impactful role, you’ll contribute to an important global system
as you work with scientists and statisticians to turn statistical
techniques into robust, efficient code that will enable the delivery of
new EUSTACE products. Involved in the full development lifecycle, you’ll
design, code, test and document the system under an appropriate
configuration management system. We’d like you to work collaboratively
with scientists and statisticians, understanding their methods and
taking prototype code to development. Joining our culture of innovation,
you’ll also enjoy world-class learning opportunities and the chance to
work on other high profile projects.

European travel is likely to be included as you consult with our
European partners, although this is not essential. Part time and
flexible working may be considered.

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

About the person
Bringing well-honed communication skills and a proactive approach you’ll
use your strong attention to detail and tenacious manner to effectively
contribute to this high profile project.

In order to be considered for this exciting opportunity, you’ll need to
have the following essential criteria:
1. A good degree (2:1 or above, or 2:2 plus higher degree or equivalent)
in computer science, computing, maths or physical science.
2. Demonstrated ability to design, code, test, document and deliver
scientific software systems or significant components to large systems
with due consideration of appropriate configuration management.
3. Demonstrated ability in more than one programming language, e.g.
Fortran, Python, C++ and R.
4. Demonstrated experience of writing efficient code to handle large
scientific data sets and a good understanding of the strategies needed
to enable this.
5. A background in mathematics or statistics, i.e. proven ability
acquired through study and/or work.
6. Demonstrated experience of working effectively in a collaborative
7. Strong self-motivation and proven ability to overcome challenges in
your work.

If you have any of the following desirable criteria, that’s even better:
1. A demonstrated understanding of the concepts behind statistical
techniques such as maximum likelihood estimation, regression and
Bayesian methods.
2. Proven experience of delivering large, efficient scientific software
3. Proven experience of turning others’ scientific or statistical
developments into good quality code.
4. Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
5. Demonstrated experience of mentoring others to develop their coding
and quality assurance skills.

About the Met Office
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

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 five

To find out more, and to apply online, please click on the apply button

Closing date: 29th March 2015.

The URL link for the apply button is below.


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