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[Met-jobs] New vacancy at the met Office

From "Gooding, Sarah" <>
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Date Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:03:15 +0000

Can you please post the following vacancy for a Senior Scientific Software Engineer on you website – the closing date is 18th Dec 2015. More information and how to apply can be found at:


Job Purpose

Data from climate models is a key input to enable progress in climate science. You will develop the systems that will get this data as efficiently as possible to the people who can make use of it. For example, the science behind the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies in great part on the comparison of results from the world’s leading climate models, including the one used at the Met Office. This is just one of many projects that use our data dissemination system to prepare data for delivery to our partner organisation, the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). You will initially be supported in this role by the existing owner of this system to develop a pivotal role in ensuring that the data we provide can be delivered by our scientists and transformed into the formats and variables required. You will become the architect and manager of the system, looking to improve efficiency to meet the ever-increasing demands of climate scientists in terms of data volumes (high resolution, massive ensembles), data and model complexity, and the wider application of the data, that is driven by our increased super-computing capacity.

The Person

You will have the background to be able to take on the role of system architect and have the organisational skills to oversee its development and operation, with some opportunity for hands-on software development. You will build a strong relationship with Met Office scientists,  the team at BADC, and the international climate data community, helping shape the technology for future climate services.

Essential Criteria

In order to be considered for the role, you’ll need to meet the following essential criteria:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, at level 2.2 or above, in a physical science, mathematics or computing subject or equivalent experience
  2. Have expertise in designing and developing complex processing systems using web and database technologies in a Linux Environment.
  3. Have experience of software engineering disciplines that lead to high quality tools, for instance automated testing and configuration management.
  4. Proven problem solving and analytical skills.
  5. Have clear evidence of your ability to work in a team and take a technical leadership role.
  6. Have clear evidence of your ability to build trusted relationships with scientists and technical teams in cross-organisational projects.
  7. An ability to manage complex workflows

Desirable Criteria

If you possess any of the below desirable qualifications, then that's even better, but it is not a requirement. However if entering at Expert Scientific Software Engineer level, we would expect you to demonstrate the following:

  1. Experience of taking a lead architect role in a significant science-focussed software development.
  2. Experience in coordinating and participating in international technology development programmes.
  3. Experience with some or all of the following specific technologies: python, database
    design, web interfaces, scientific data formats, structured data transfer formats (xml, json, etc.), metadata use in data discovery and management, workflow systems.
  4. Have an understanding of climate or a related science.

Additional Information

If you are currently in a role in the scientific framework, you will ordinarily remain in the role to which you are currently mapped until successfully completing progression with your framework.

If you choose to apply to this position, please ensure you have made your Line Manager aware of your application and have written approval of this (and Head/Exec Head if in post less than 24 months). Please attach a copy within the attachments section of your application. We will not be able to invite you to attend an interview should you be successful through sift if we do not have a copy of this.


Relocation assistance may be available.

Sarah Gooding


Senior Business Administrator & PRINCE2 Practitioner

HR & Resources - Science Admin

Desk No - C2-85a

Met Office FitzRoy Road  Exeter  Devon  EX1 3PB, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 886245  Email:  Website:


Please note that my hours of work are Mon- Fri 8am - 4pm


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