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[Met-jobs] Marine Data Assimilation Scientist vacancy at the Met Office

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Date Mon, 20 May 2019 13:58:12 +0000

Good afternoon,


Please see the below job description for a Marine Data Assimilation Scientist, please also see the link below to apply:



Salary Information: Scientist - Salary will start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260 pa*

Foundation Scientist - Salary will start at £23,673 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £26,119 pa*

*Salary quoted is based on full-time salary (37 hours) and 27.5 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays. Employees can buy or sell up to 5 days leave if full-time or for part-time staff up to their weekly contracted hours.

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

Background: The Met Office is a world-class operational weather forecasting and scientific research organisation. Our award-winning Met Office Headquarters in Exeter is home to excellent teams and computer technology, working to improve our understanding of, and ability to predict, atmosphere, land and ocean aspects of the earth-system.

The Ocean Forecasting Research & Development (OFR&D) group is an internationally recognised team of scientists who develop, evaluate, maintain and support a range of operational ocean and wave models. The group is responsible for the science behind the satellite and model based (re)analyses and the forecasts produced by the Met Office for the world's oceans and regional seas. Increasingly, the OFR&D group are working on coupled Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) systems to investigate the impacts of ocean-wave-atmosphere interactions on weather forecast timescales. The group creates products which are central to the EU Copernicus Marine Service, government and public weather services, to support Naval operations and to provide information of use to commercial customers.

Job Purpose: To develop the ocean and sea-ice data assimilation to improve the accuracy of global ocean, sea-ice and coupled forecasts at time-scales ranging from a few days out to 6 months, and including reanalysis applications.

Job Responsibilities: Assist in the maintenance and development of the NEMOVAR data assimilation scheme to provide accurate ocean and sea-ice forecasts.

Lead the development and assessment of the Met Office sea-ice data assimilation capability.
Contribute to the broader work of the group where appropriate, and to national and international projects.

Present the work of Ocean Forecasting R&D, both at conferences and meetings and in the literature.

Liaise with relevant groups outside Ocean Forecasting R&D, including other Met Office groups (particularly the polar climate, seasonal forecasting and coupled data assimilation groups), the wider academic community and NEMOVAR collaborators.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities: 1. A degree in a relevant scientific subject (Foundation Scientist) and a PhD in a relevant scientific area or equivalent experience (Scientist).
2. Good understanding and experience of numerical modelling and data assimilation.
3. Evidence of good communication skills (written, oral, presentation and listening) with ability to communicate scientific and technical information to a range of audiences.
4. Evidence of being a strong team player with an ability to support and interact with technical and scientific specialists.
5. Demonstrated drive to deliver high quality output in a timely fashion through effective planning.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities: 1. Experience in using and developing marine data assimilation systems.
2. Experience in using and developing ocean models
3. Experience of scientific studies including the use of ocean or similar observations
4. Experience in numerical model or data assimilation software development.

Additional Supplementary Information: To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below.

Key Dates: Closing date 02/06/2019 with interviews expected 17/06/2019. 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.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK. Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited. The Met Office is an equal opportunities employer and flexible and UK home working applications will be considered. There will be a requirement for staff to work at least 3 days in Exeter for the first 6 months. The role may require travel outside Exeter and UK as part of your development plan.

Interviewed and appointable candidates who apply may be considered for other similar science posts available in the Met Office during the next 12 months.

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.


Click here to apply online


Kind regards,



Claire Allerton, HR Associate

Met Office, Fitzroy Road, Exeter

Tel: 01392 885000 Email:


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