Satellite Applications Scientist
Location: Exeter, UK
Work Hours: 37 per week
Salary Information: £21,675 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits including Civil Service Pension
Background: The Satellite Applications Section of the Met Office undertakes R&D to improve the impact of
satellite data within numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems and hence to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts. It also performs R&D to generate and improve satellite products in support of other forecasting applications, climate monitoring and environmental
services. The direct assimilation of satellite data into NWP models is an important part of the Section's work and relies on accurate radiative transfer models. Current activities use visible, infra-red and microwave data from geostationary and polar-orbiting
satellites, and they include preparation for new satellites and instruments planned for the coming decade. As a result fast radiative transfer models are required across the electromagnetic spectrum for a number of applications in the section. RTTOV, a fast
radiative transfer model developed in collaboration with European partners is the main focus of this work at present. External liaison with the partners also contributing to the model developments is an important part of the work .
Job Purpose: To work as a member of a research and development team to help develop the radiative transfer
modelling effort in Satellite Applications.
Job Responsibilities: To carry out research and development to deliver agreed project outputs for the radiative
transfer plans of the section. Senior Scientists will be expected to lead and manage projects.
To contribute significantly to the presentation and publication/documentation of work internally and externally in order to communicate advice and maintain our scientific capability and our integrity and to promote our reputation. To represent the Met Office
at international meetings of the radiative transfer group.
To provide scientific/technical advice to other team members on some work aspects to improve the effectiveness of the team.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
1.All levels: A good background in a physical science or maths to at least degree level (2:1 or above).
Scientist: Relevant PhD or equivalent research experience
Senior Scientist: Extensive experience and proven track record or scientific research. Evidence of ability in planning and delivery of large scientific research projects.
2. Demonstrates an ability to apply broad scientific knowledge to specific problems and scenarios and has experience of radiative transfer modelling.
Foundation Scientist: Evidence of ability to learn and apply simple technical or analytical techniques to basic scientific problems. Basic radiative transfer modelling experience.
Scientist: Demonstrate good scientific knowledge of own subject area and ability to recognise potential for scientific investigations and learn new techniques/knowledge and apply them to one area of research. Extensive experience in radiative transfer modelling.
Senior Scientist: Demonstrate an advanced understanding of broad subject area and ability to assist others with related knowledge and techniques. Recognised expert in radiative transfer modelling.
3. All Levels: Evidence of enthusiasm for a career in scientific research.
4. All Levels: Demonstrates an ability to communicate their own science to other scientists.
Scientist: Ability to clearly communicate the work of their team to non specialists.
Senior Scientist: Demonstrated ability to communicate their work to specialists and non specialists and to be able to interact with them in a clear and concise manner with influence and authority.
5. Demonstrated ability to learn and apply software tools and/or programming languages.
Foundation Scientist: Experience of setting up and running simple code and performing basic analysis.
Scientist & Senior Scientist: Experience of writing and modifying moderately complex code and producing high quality data analysis.
6. All levels: Evidence of the ability to work and collaborate as an active and productive member of a team.
Senior Scientist: Evidence of ability to provide scientific/technical leadership or mentoring to junior staff.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
1. Knowledge and experience of numerical weather prediction.
2. Knowledge and experience of Earth remote sensing from satellites.
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.
Closing date: 29 May 2015