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[Met-jobs] Vacancy for Upper Atmosphere Research Scientist at the Met Office

From "Jackson, David" <>
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Date Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:04:42 +0000

We have a vacancy for a Upper Atmosphere Research Scientist to work in the Space Weather Research team at the Met Office in Exeter, UK.


For full details and to make an application please visit and  follow the link for “Upper Atmosphere Research Scientist”.


The application closing date is 12/08/2018 and interviews are expected on 03/09/2018.


Summary information on the post also appears below.



David Jackson



Salary Information


£22,361 to £26,119 pa (RD007 - Foundation Scientist)

£28,644 to £33,260 pa (RD006 - Scientist)

£34,830 to £40,352 pa (RD005 - Senior Scientist)




Space Weather is a well-established area of work at the Met Office, supported by UK Government funding. Met Office forecasters provide space weather alerts daily and space weather models (such as the WSA Enlil solar wind model) are being run operationally or are being transitioned into operations. Our work involves collaboration with a number of UK and International groups.


A strategic research goal is to produce a coupled Sun-to-Earth modelling system that can be used to produce operational space weather forecasts. An important part of this system is the extension of the Unified Model (UM - the Met Office weather and climate model) upwards to include the thermosphere. To meet this goal we have recently received funding for the Horizon 2020 project SWAMI, which aims to produce a model of the whole atmosphere (from the surface to around 1500 km altitude) for use in satellite operations. The Met Office role in the project is to develop an extended version of the UM with an upper boundary around 150 km, and to blend fields from this model with those from another model which has been developed for use at higher altitudes.


We are looking for a Foundation Scientist / Scientist / Senior Scientist to work on this project. The duties will include working with Met Office colleagues to develop, code and test additions to the UM that needed for it to work accurately in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT). This may include developments to the UM radiation scheme and the UM dynamics. The candidate shall also incorporate these developments along with other UM developments made outside SWAMI (eg for improved thermospheric chemistry) to produce a new UM version that comprehensively models the key processes in the MLT. After testing, the candidate will run this UM in multi-year simulations, analyse the results and work with other project partners to blend the UM fields with output from the other model used in SWAMI.


This is a fixed term post available for 14 months from October 2018.


Job Purpose


To perform research leading to the development of an extended version of the UM, and to blend output from this model with fields from another model to produce a model of the whole atmosphere from the surface to 1500 km altitude. The research outcomes will meet the requirements both of the SWAMI project and of the Met Office space weather research strategy.


Job Responsibilities


·         Coding and testing new radiation and dynamics for the UM.

·         Developing and testing an extended version of the UM (with an upper boundary in the lower thermosphere at around 150 km altitude).

·         Working with SWAMI project partners to produce a whole atmosphere model (via a blend of the extended UM and another model), and to produce user-focused tools based on this model.

·         Disseminating results via academic papers, project reports and oral and poster presentations.




Professor David Jackson     Met Office Fellow and Manager of Space Weather Research
Met Office FitzRoy Road  Exeter Devon EX1 3PB  United Kingdom
Tel. : +44 (0)1392 884530              Fax. : +44 (0)1392 885681
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