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

From "Morcrette, Cyril" <cyril.morcrette@metoffice.gov.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Tue, 8 Nov 2016 13:37:30 +0000

Atmospheric Radiation Scientist: Met Office, Exeter, UK
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The interaction of solar and terrestrial radiation with clouds, gases, the 
surface and aerosols has a major influence on the Earth's atmosphere. The 
accurate representation of radiative transfer in numerical models is essential 
for improving the skill of weather forecasts and increasing the reliability of 
climate projections.
Job Purpose

The job-holder will work at the forefront of atmospheric science, carrying out 
research to develop an understanding of atmospheric radiative transfer and make 
significant and lasting improvements to the parametrizations used in the Met 
Office's climate and weather forecast model (the Unified Model). Developments 
in this field would be of interest to the wider scientific community, and as 
such, the job holder would have the opportunity to publish, attend conferences, 
and develop an international profile as a research scientist.

This post will be at either the "Foundation Scientist", "Scientist" or "Senior 
Scientist" level. The successful applicant will join the Atmospheric Processes 
and Parametrizations team (APP) which works on improving the representation of 
sub-grid-scale physical processes such as radiative transfer, convection, 
clouds, turbulence, microphysics, surface exchanges and flow over orography. 
The job holder will be part of a two-person team specialising in the radiation 
transfer parametrization scheme.

Job Responsibilities
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To carry out research and development to improve the representation of 
radiative transfer in the Unified Model.

To contribute to the presentation and publication of the work in order to 
maintain our scientific capability, integrity and transparency.

To provide technical advice to UM users on matters relating to the radiation 
scheme.

To develop skills relating to the maintenance and development of the model 
parametrizations

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
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* A good degree (2:1 or above, or equivalent) in mathematics or a physical 
science. At "Scientist" level: a PhD in physics, astronomy, mathematics or 
meteorology or equivalent research experience. At "Senior Scientist" level: 
significant post-doctoral experience in atmospheric radiative transfer.
* Evidence of a good scientific understanding of atmospheric radiative transfer.
* Evidence of ability to learn and apply new scientific techniques.
* Proven ability to plan and conduct scientific research, displaying 
initiative, independence, analytical skills and the drive to overcome obstacles.
* Evidence of the ability to develop and test software to address scientific 
questions.
* Evidence of the ability to work flexibly within a team to overcome issues and 
deliver a successful outcome.
* Evidence of good oral and written scientific communication skills (e.g. 
writing reports, giving presentations).
* Experience of a scientific computing environment, for example using Fortran, 
IDL/Python and UNIX/LINUX

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities
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* Experience with the Met Office Unified Model.
* Experience with an atmospheric radiative transfer code.
* Experience of developing and testing General Circulation Model 
parametrization schemes.

Additional Supplementary Information

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore 
requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without 
restriction. If you are a non-EU candidate you will be required to provide and 
attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time 
of applying

Please note this role closes on 27 November 2017

For more info, and to apply, please see:

http://careers.metoffice.gov.uk/current-vacancies





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