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[Met-jobs] Job vacancy: Atmospheric Radiation Parametrization Scientist, Met Office, Exeter, UK

From "Morcrette, Cyril" <>
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Date Wed, 13 May 2015 10:58:44 +0000

The Met Office, in Exeter, UK, is looking for candidates to fill the post of 

"Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Parametrization Research Scientist"

More information and full details of the application process can be found at:

The role:

Here at the Met Office, we're proud to work at the forefront of weather and 
climate services, with science underpinning everything we do. An essential part 
of our work in weather forecasting and climate research relies on an 
understanding of radiative transfer. The interaction of short-wave (solar) and 
long-wave (terrestrial) radiation, with water vapour, clouds, trace gases, the 
earth's surface and aerosols, has a major influence on the Earth's atmosphere. 
The accurate, yet affordable, representation of radiative transfer in numerical 
models has wide-reaching implications for the Met Office, from improving the 
skill of our weather forecasts to increasing the reliability of our climate 

Working at the forefront of atmospheric science, you'll carry out scientific 
research to develop a strong understanding of atmospheric radiative transfer 
and how to represent it using parametrization schemes. Your findings will make 
significant and lasting improvements to the parametrization schemes used in our 
climate and weather forecast model (the Unified model), and you'll have the 
opportunity to publish and present your work to the wider scientific community. 
Collaboration is key to this role, as you'll not only work with observation and 
climate science colleagues, but also with external academia both in the UK and 
abroad. This is an incredibly exciting role, as the work that you do will make 
a significant contribution to weather forecasting and climate research, which 
ultimately impacts both climate science and the general public.

The person:

As a Scientist, you're likely to be currently working in academia or in a 
similar research-based role. You'll also need to meet the essential criteria 
below. If you have any of the additional desirable criteria, that's even better.

1. A good degree (2:1 or above, or equivalent) in mathematics or a physical 
science and a PhD in physics, astronomy, mathematics or meteorology or 
equivalent research experience.
2. Evidence of a good scientific understanding of atmospheric radiative 
3. Evidence of ability to learn and apply new scientific techniques.
4. Proven ability to plan and conduct scientific research, displaying 
initiative, independence and analytical skills.
5. Evidence of the motivation and drive to overcome obstacles in order to solve 
scientific problems.
6. Evidence of the ability to develop and test software to address scientific 
7. Evidence of the ability to work flexibly within a team to overcome issues 
and deliver a successful outcome.
8. Evidence of good oral and written scientific communication skills (e.g. 
writing reports, giving presentations).

1. Experience of carrying out research studying radiative transfer.
2. Experience with the Met Office Unified Model and/or a radiative transfer 
3. Experience of developing and testing General Circulation Model 
parametrization schemes.
4. Experience of a scientific computing environment, for example using Fortran, 

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.

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