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[Met-jobs] Met Office Vacancy - Climate ensemble projection scientist

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Date Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:03:19 +0000

Climate ensemble projection scientist

Region: South West
Country: United Kingdom
Job number: MO-CM00139
Location (Candidate Search Option): Exeter HQ
Working Pattern: DAY
Contract Type: Permanent
Work Hours: 37
Salary Information: £26,010 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits including Civil Service Pension


The role:


Here at the Met Office, we work at the forefront of climate science, using cutting-edge technology to underpin our world-leading services. One of our current projects is to develop an Ensemble Climate Projection System, aimed at giving improved projections of future climate variability and change. These projections will ultimately inform climate adaptation decisions and risk assessments, with the potential to affect millions of people worldwide.

As a Scientist on this exciting project, your judgements and feedback will be crucial to the way that we develop our new projection system. You’ll run and analyse experiments, testing how well our computer models simulate past climates. Another key part of your role will involve looking at which aspects of future projections can be improved, with a primary focus on how well we represent any uncertainties in the results. In this impactful opportunity, you’ll be an integral part of constructing a brand new modelling system, that will project climate anomalies and extreme events during the 21st century,

The person:


Currently a Scientist or Senior Scientist with a good degree and relevant postgraduate experience, you’ll also need to meet the below essential criteria. If you have any of the additional desirable criteria, that’s even better.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Both levels: A strong background (2.1 degree or better) in mathematics, physics or climate-related discipline.
2. Both levels: Demonstrated competence in postgraduate research in a mathematically based subject area.
For senior scientist: Significant postdoctoral research record.
3. Both levels: Proven ability to develop and use the output from complex numerical models, including effective computer programming in Python, IDL, or R.
4. Both levels: Evidence of ability to communicate own work to the academic and wider communities both orally and in writing. Appropriate publication record for stage of career.
Senior Scientist: Demonstrated ability to communicate to specialists and non-specialists and to be able to positively interact with them.
5. Both levels: Evidence of ability to work innovatively and independently on scientific projects.
Senior Scientist: Evidence of ability to lead scientific project-work and enthusiasm to seek and develop new areas of research.
6. Both levels: Evidence of ability to work effectively as part of a small team and be able to demonstrate strong positive inter-personal skills.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Understanding of processes influencing climate variability and change.
2. Experience in running coupled ocean-atmosphere climate models, and analysing coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomena.
3. Experience of analysing large data sets using complex mathematical models.

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 Supplementary Information: The post will be located at the Met Office Exeter HQ. There will be opportunities for international and national travel and collaboration with a wide range of academic and government organisations.

Closing Date: 04 May 2015


Click here to apply online


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