April 2019
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Date Thu, 4 Apr 2019 08:05:28 +0000

Salary Information:

Salary will start at £44,265.00 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £48,912.00.



Do you have the expertise and skills to:

  • Lead the scientific direction of air quality analysis at the Met Office?
  • Guide and inspire a team of scientists and scientific software engineers?
  • Take a key role in driving forward and in forming national and international air quality collaborations and joint projects?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional scientist to take a leading role in air quality research at the Met Office.

The Met Office is a world-leading weather and climate service. Technology and science go hand-in-hand as key elements in driving our success and delivering world class services and advice. The Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality (ADAQ) strategic area within Weather Science conducts research and model development related to air quality and other forms of atmospheric contamination. The work within the group is highly varied, ranging from core atmospheric physics and composition though to specific subject matter areas in air quality, radiological, biological and volcanology. Model performance, presentation of the outputs and their interpretation are also vitally important, equally when applied to key government services and research projects, and so the work includes wider capability developments, analysis, validation and presentation activities.

The Met Office has a long history of undertaking a wide range of composition science, ranging from observations to modelling of climate and short time scales and forecasting. As part of this the Met Office is responsible for the delivery of the UK national air quality forecast on behalf of Defra. A core responsibility of ADAQ is the development, application and validation of air quality models and their pull through to use in the operational forecast and other policy support work. Within this, there is a need to both develop specific elements of the sciences while also bringing multiple disciplines and capability together from across the entire field and community of air quality from emissions to impacts.

Work in the air quality area is highly collaborative with a need to engage with a wide range of academics and UK government researchers from across the entire spectrum of fields involved in air quality. This post will therefore involve regular UK and occasional international travel.

The Met Office is seeking an exceptional scientist who could play a major role in developing UK wide multidisciplinary collaborations and in pushing the air quality science for application forward. The successful candidate will be innovative and flexible in approach and will play a key cross community role.

Job Purpose:

To perform individual research and development, manage and inspire a team and engage across the UK to enhance the UK air quality capability.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leading research and development in air quality modelling and analysis.
  • Leading a team of scientists and scientific software engineers in the development of multidisciplinary modelling and analysis capability.
  • Collaborating extensively with the UK air quality community to facilitate joint developments.
  • Disseminating results via academic papers, project reports and oral and poster presentations at meetings, workshops and conferences.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A good background in a physical science or maths: Honours degree (2.2 or above) level or equivalent plus PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant subject plus several years relevant additional experience.
  2. Advanced knowledge of atmospheric composition and related physics and the challenges associated with representing this in complex atmospheric models.
  3. Good understanding of the application of computer models to environmental problems, their programming, testing and necessary quality assurance.
  4. Proven ability to communicate clearly and confidently, both in writing and orally, e.g. lead role in writing reports, papers, proposals and presenting at conferences. More experienced applicants will have evidence of an ability to communicate effectively with government stakeholders and/or in running collaborative workshops/meetings
  5. Proven ability to work well in a team including evidence of planning and directing the work of members of a team/project. More experienced applicants will be able to demonstrate experience of formally training and supporting colleagues.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A background in, or demonstrated interest in, air quality modelling and research.
  2. Proven track record of establishing and maintaining collaborations.
  3. Proven ability to develop and then lead collaborative (multi-team and/or multi-organisational) projects.

Additional Supplementary Information:

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK. The successful job holder will be expected to travel regularly in the UK due to the collaborative and community nature of the subject area. Additional overseas travel will also be possible.

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.  

Key Dates: Closing date 28/04/2019 with interviews expected 13/05/2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful. 

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application. 

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum. 

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. 

Due to the nature of the role, this post requires you to gain full security clearance Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived in the UK for 3 years out of the last 5 years. 

We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, with an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality and an LGBTi network.



Link to apply:


Click here to apply online






Thank you,





Claire Allerton, HR Associate

Met Office  Fitzroy Road  Exeter  Devon  EX1 3PB  United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1392 885000  Email:



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