Ocean Observations Scientist
Closing date: 29/04/2015
Region: South West
Country: United Kingdom
Job number: MO-CM00143
Location (Candidate Search Option): Exeter HQ
Contract Type: Permanent
Work Hours: 37 per week
Salary Information: £26,010 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits including
Civil Service Pension
The role: At the Met Office, we are proud to be a world-leading organisation in climate science. A crucial
part of the work that we do involves scientific research into the many facets of our climate, to investigate the impact of its variability and changes. Our Climate Monitoring and Attribution team brings together data from observations of weather and ocean
variables gathered over the last 165 years. Using statistical techniques, the team analyses these data to monitor variability and change and assist other international teams in their research.
As an Ocean Observation Scientist your role will be particularly important to our work. You’ll work with observations of ocean temperature and salinity (saltiness) which are both essential to many aspects of climate science and are also key indicators of climate
change. As part of creating a robust climate record you’ll develop quality checks for the measurements, ensuring that observations go through a rigorous process before being used both by you to monitor the heat content of the ocean and by other researchers.
You will implement new ways of creating complete pictures of the physical state of the ocean and quantifying their accuracy. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team in a world-leading organisation, performing ground breaking
research on a global scale.
The person: Right now, you could be completing your PhD or carrying out other research.The level at which
you will be recruited depends on the amount of relevant experience you have. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the essential criteria below, and if you have any of the additional desirable criteria, that’s even better.
Essential criteria: 1. A good degree (2:2 or above) plus post–graduate degree, or equivalent research experience
in a physical science or maths.
2. A demonstrated interest in climate science or oceanography.
3. Experience of writing good quality scientific code.
4. Demonstrated experience of operating effectively in a collaborative environment.
5. Strong self-motivation and proven ability to overcome challenges in your work.
6. A demonstrated ability to work carefully and methodically through quantitative work, with a defined approach to ensuring quality.
7. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities: 1. A background in mathematics or statistics, i.e. proven ability acquired through study and/or work.
2. Demonstrated ability in more than one programming language, e.g. Fortran, Python, C++ and R.
3. Experience of analysing observational data.
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, if you do not currently have permission to work in the UK, we will
be unable to provide this for you for this vacancy.