Met Office Vacancy:
NEMO System Team Scientist
Company: Met Office
Working Pattern: DAY
Agreement Type: Permanent
Work Hours: 37 Hours per Week.
Senior Scientist: Salary will start at £36,684 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £40,352 pa
Salary will start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260 pa
Salary will start at £23,673 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum £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.
The Oceans, Cryosphere and Dangerous Climate Change group (OCDC), part of the Met Office Hadley Centre, has a wide ranging role in developing the Met Office’s ocean modelling tools (used in forecasting on timescales
from days to centuries, including a growing focus on coupled ocean-atmosphere weather prediction), and in applying those tools to understand and quantify the role of the ocean in climate variability and change.
Within OCDC the Ocean Modelling team focuses on development and evaluation of the ocean model configurations for the globe and for the North-west European shelf seas, that are the basis of the Met Office’s coupled weather and climate prediction systems. These
configurations are in turn based on the NEMO ocean model code, which is developed by a consortium of six European partners including the Met Office.
The current post will contribute to the development and evaluation of the NEMO code and the Met Office configurations. We are seeking a versatile modelling scientist who can devise, implement, rigorously test and evaluate improvements to the underlying NEMO
model code or its software infrastructure in collaboration with UK and/or European partners.
To contribute to the work of the Ocean Modelling team in OCDC and the international NEMO Systems Team, through model development, testing and evaluation.
The job holder will contribute to the overall ocean model development programme, agreed with Met Office customers and the international NEMO Systems Team. Precise projects will be
determined in consultation with the successful candidate, taking account of his/her skills and those of the rest of the team. These are likely to include:
Developing underpinning NEMO capability, for example improving the representation of flow interaction with bottom topography, or the suite of tests used to verify / validate the NEMO code system
Testing and evaluating new NEMO developments in idealised test cases and in the Met Office’s global and shelf model configurations
Contributing to the development of diagnostics within NEMO and software for model evaluation
The job holder will be expected to present the work to internal and external scientific audiences, and to contribute to peer reviewed publications, at a level commensurate with their job role. He/she will have the
opportunity to develop specialist expertise in particular areas of ocean modelling.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
A good understanding of mathematics and physics equivalent to a good first degree in a mathematically or physically based science
Skills and experience to independently develop and evaluate scientific model software and the proven potential to develop your skills, commensurate with role level:
At Foundation Scientist level: ability to think independently through a specified modelling problem, and evidence of successful simple software development or research project work
At Scientist level: as above, plus evidence of productive work in a relevant field under regular supervision (this could be a PhD)
At Senior Scientist level: as above, plus evidence of consistent productive work in atmospheric/ocean modelling under limited supervision.
Demonstrated understanding of the technical, numerical and scientific issues related to fluid dynamical modelling, commensurate with role level. For Foundation Scientist this requires a basic understanding of the
equations of fluid flow and approaches to their numerical solution. For Scientist and Senior Scientist levels, this should include an understanding of specific issues related to atmospheric/ocean modelling or numerical modelling of fluid flow.
Scientific programming skills, in languages such as Fortran and Python, commensurate with role level. At Scientist level or above this includes experience of working with large, complex numerical codes
Good communication skills (written, oral, presentation and listening)
Evidence of working in a team (in work or non-work situation) to deliver to joint goals
Ability to manage time well balancing the requirements of a number of different projects
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of ocean circulation dynamics and models
Experience of working with the NEMO ocean model (running and developing code)
Experience with the Met Office or equivalent modelling environments
Experience with High Performance Computing (for example, running and optimising code)
A fluency in Italian or French (written and oral) could be helpful
Additional Supplementary Information:
This post offers an excellent opportunity to work with some of the world’s most advanced forecasting and climate prediction systems, and the ocean models that underpin them. There will be opportunities for the
post holder to develop specific areas of expertise within this remit. The post also offers the stimulus of working on collaborative projects with UK and international partners. A willingness to travel occasionally, within Europe and beyond, would be highly
Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited. Successful applicants will be required to work ~75% of their working week in Exeter due to requirements for coordination. Homeworking (UK) may be considered for ~25% of week.
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.
Key Dates: Closing date
18th August 2019 with interviews expected
5th September 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.
Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at
least three out of the last five 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.
Closing Date: 18/08/2019