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[Met-jobs] Scientific Software Engineer (Data Assimilation and Ensembles), Met Office, Exeter

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:10:56 +0000


Job Title: Scientific Software Engineer (Data Assimilation and Ensembles)
Language: UK
Company: Met Office
Location: Exeter HQ
Region: South West
Country: United Kingdom
Organisation: Science > Weather Science > ZZSDAE - Data Assimilation & Ensembles
Job number: MO-CM00149
Professional Area (Candidate Search Option): Science
Region (Candidate Search Option): South West
Location (Candidate Search Option): Exeter HQ
Working Pattern: DAY
Salary: per Year Min 26010 Max 35040 In GBP
Agreement Type: Permanent
Work Hours: 37 Hours per Week

Salary Information:

Scientific Software Engineer: £26,010 - £29,100

Senior Scientific Software Engineer: £30,529 - £35,040

Plus competitive benefits:

  *   Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank holidays) rising to 32.5 days
  *   Flexible working hours available to promote work-life balance
  *   A choice of pension schemes (including civil service pension)
  *   Extensive career development/training opportunities
  *   Cycle to Work scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel
  *   Free car park for those living a bit further away
  *   Onsite modern, fully functional gym + classes
  *   Many more benefits including healthcare plans and childcare schemes


This is a great opportunity to join the Met Office team developing cutting-edge 
high-resolution numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems to produce 
high-quality, short-term, detailed weather forecasts for the UK. You will be 
working in the Data Assimilation and Ensembles (DAE) group (about 40 research 
scientists in 6 teams), who are carrying out research and development in data 
assimilation, ensemble forecasting and observation processing.

The post is based in the Convective Scale Data Assimilation (CSDA) team. Their 
primary tool is the 1.5km UKV model, aiming to improve forecasts of key weather 
elements like rain, cloud, visibility, temperature and wind. A lower resolution 
(2.2km) version is used for the UK component of the Met Office Global and 
Regional Ensemble Prediction System (MOGREPS), in order to produce 
probabilistic forecasts - particularly important for forecasting high-impact 
weather in cases where local details cannot be predicted precisely.

In this post you would act as co-ordinator for changes to the MOGREPS-UK 
ensemble forecast system and, later, also the UK convective-scale data 
assimilation system. You would liaise between staff in DAE and the Operational 
Suite team to facilitate the operational implementation of scientific and 
technical developments.

You would also spend a portion of your time working with other members of the 
team on projects leading to further improvements to the convective-scale 
ensemble and /or deterministic prediction systems. To help with this, you would 
work with colleagues to develop and maintain a research suite for UK ensemble 
forecast experiments, and would help to train and support users of that suite.

In the future, when ensemble data assimilation techniques are developed for 
operational application in the UK model, you would play a major role in 
developing an integrated ensemble data assimilation suite.

Job Purpose:

To develop and support software for running convective-scale ensembles and data 
assimilation systems.
Job Responsibilities:

  *   To co-ordinate preparation of ensemble forecast and convective-scale data 
assimilation changes for operational implementation.
  *   To participate in the development and testing of scientific changes in 
the UK ensemble forecast and deterministic data assimilation systems.
  *   To work with colleagues to develop and maintain a convective-scale 
ensemble forecast suite for research users.
  *   To share development work in the deterministic convective-scale UK data 
assimilation suite, acting as deputy suite configuration owner.
  *   To contribute to the presentation and publication/documentation of work 
internally and externally in order to communicate advice, maintain 
scientific/technical capability and promote Met Office reputation.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1.  Good first degree (2:1 or above) in a physical, mathematical or 
computational science subject, plus relevant postgraduate experience (Senior 
Scientific Software Engineer: Good degree as above plus relevant postgraduate 
  2.  Strong IT skills, including:
     *   Experience of development with limited supervision of one or more 
dynamic languages and/or shell script: Python, Perl, Bash etc.
     *   Experience of using configuration management
     *   Experience of running parallel applications on a Supercomputer

(Senior Scientific Software Engineer: as above plus experience of system 
design, configuration management, implementation and code maintenance in large 
scientific software systems)

  1.  Ability to effectively document and communicate their work clearly, 
orally and in writing, to both specialists and non-specialists.
  2.  Evidence of an effective approach to problem solving;  e.g. an ability to 
quickly diagnose and fix failures in software applications
  3.  Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team player, 
ability to liaise well with colleagues in other areas of the organisation.  
(Senior Scientific Software Engineer: as above plus evidence of ability to 
provide scientific/technical leadership and/or mentoring of junior staff).

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1.  A keen interest in weather prediction, particularly the dynamics of 
mid-latitude cyclones and severe weather affecting the UK.
  2.  Experience of developing or maintaining software in a high-level language 
such as Fortran or C.
  3.  Experience in fcm and/or Subversion for managing and building source code.

Additional Information:

A recruit at Scientific Software Engineer level would have the opportunity to 
develop their skills to progress to Senior Scientific Software Engineer to 
fulfil the full potential of the post.

This recruitment post is open to non-EU candidates and can provide sponsorship 
to the successful candidate should they not have eligibility to work and live 
within the UK without restriction.

To apply: go to the careers website - 

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