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[Met-jobs] New vacancy at the Met Office - minor amendment to advert

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:55:32 +0000

Senior Scientific Software Engineer at the Met Office

The closing date is 18th Dec 2015. More information and details of 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 
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:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, at level 2.2 or above, in a physical science, 
mathematics or computing subject or equivalent experience
Have expertise in designing and developing complex processing systems using web 
and database technologies in a Linux Environment.
Have experience of software engineering disciplines that lead to high quality 
tools, for instance automated testing and configuration management.
Proven problem solving and analytical skills.
Have clear evidence of your ability to work in a team and take a technical 
leadership role.
Have clear evidence of your ability to build trusted relationships with 
scientists and technical teams in cross-organisational projects.
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:
Experience of taking a lead architect role in a significant science-focussed 
software development.
Experience in coordinating and participating in international technology 
development programmes.
Experience with some or all of the following specific technologies: python, 
design, web interfaces, scientific data formats, structured data transfer 
formats (xml, json, etc.), metadata use in data discovery and management, 
workflow systems.
Have an understanding of climate or a related science.
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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