Climate Scientist

Climate Scientist

Met Office

Exeter, South West England, United Kingdom

Salary Information

Scientist – £28,644
Foundation Scientist – £22,361



Are you interested in
delivering climate projection information that could help underpin UK
and European climate decision making over the next 10 years? The Met
Office has two Science vacancies with either a UK or European focus.
Met Office provides an opportunity for talented scientists to apply
their skills in a world-leading scientific environment, with impacts
upon services that reach all our lives.

The successful candidate
will be innovative, flexible and motivated by working to understand
current climate projection data and how it can be applied.

award-winning Met Office Headquarters in Exeter is home to amazing
facilities and world-class employees. Innovative and cutting-edge, this
is the place to work in the South West. All employees will receive the
following benefits upon joining:
• Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank holidays) rising to 32.5 days.
• Flexible working hours to promote work/life balance.
• A choice of pension schemes, so you can plan for your future.
• Extensive career development.
• ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel and free car park for those living a bit further away.
• Onsite modern, fully functional gym + classes.
• Many more benefits including childcare schemes.

Job Purpose

The job holder will
contribute to the understanding and delivery of climate change
information that will be used to inform decisions by stakeholders.

We currently have the following opportunities:
Foundation Scientist/Scientist in the UK Climate Projections Climate
Service team: The job holder will collaborate with users to deliver
useful and usable information based on the latest update to the UK
Climate Projections (UKCP18) for the 21st Century. It will focus on
carrying out analyses of the UKCP18 suite of climate model data to
provide further understanding of climate-related hazards to support
climate change risk assessment and adaptation decision-making. The role
offers the opportunity to carry out research and deliver science that
can be used in practice by the UK climate adaptation community.

term Foundation Scientist/Scientist post until 31st November 2021 in
the Seamless Ensemble Prediction team: The job holder will explore and
deliver information on near term 10-40 year climate model projections
over Europe, as part of a pan-European research project, EUCP. This job
role will be responsible for exploring a number of different approaches
to providing a plausible range of future projected climate changes in
regional European climate. This is an exciting and challenging area of
science with big differences in how different nation states have
traditionally approached this. The person working in this role will have
the opportunity to compare and contrast approaches from both the UK and
our European consortium partners. The work is also important for its
methodological advances which we would expect to inform the next IPCC
AR6 assessment.

Job Responsibilities

  • The job holder is expected to develop a plan of work (with the
    science lead), implement and deliver it to support the wider project as
    well as publish in the peer-review literature and other channels such as
    user guidance. This work is expected to inform better climate
    projection information to underpin climate adaptation across the UK and
    Europe. Therefore both roles require working in close collaboration with
    users of climate change information and/or European project partners.

  • For the Seamless Ensemble Prediction role, the job holder will focus
    on assessing a range of key large-scale characteristics of European
    climate in projection datasets (such as CMIP5, CMIP6, EURO-CORDEX) in
    order to make informed judgements on the relevence and plausibility of
    future projections based on their present-day performance. Assessment of
    other observation-simulated comparisons may also be applied to explore
    the plausibility of future climate projections.

  • For the UKCP Climate Service role, the job holder will focus on
    user-relevant climate hazards and work with the UKCP18 suite of climate
    models to understand how well they are simulated for the current climate
    and how they may evolve into the future.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Strong background
degree in mathematics, physics or a climate related discipline content
or equivalent experience (Foundation Scientist) plus PhD or equivalent
experience in a relevant subject (Scientist).
2. Proven ability to
develop and use the output from complex numerical models, including
effective computer programming in Python, IDL or R or other languages.
Evidence of ability to communicate own work to the academic and/or
wider communities both orally and in writing. Appropriate publication
record for role and stage in career. Demonstrated ability to communicate
to specialists and non-specialists and to be able to positively
interact with them.
4. Evidence of ability to work innovatively and
independently on scientific projects. Evidence of ability to lead
scientific project-work and enthusiasm to seek and develop new areas of

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Experience of interacting with users of climate projection information in climate impacts and/or vulnerability studies
2. Understanding of processes influencing climate variability and change.

Additional Supplementary Information

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below.

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited. The Met
Office is an equal opportunities employer and flexible and home working
applications will be considered. Both posts will be nominally located at
the Met Office Exeter HQ. There will be a requirement for staff to
attend training and induction in Exeter initially for 3-4 days per week
until up to speed, but we are willing to explore with any potential
candidates opportunities to work elsewhere within the UK beyond this.

will be opportunities for national and international travel and
collaboration with a wide range of academic and government
organisations, across the UK and Europe. An ability and willingness for
some work travel is therefore an advantage for these posts.

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

Key Dates: Closing date 25/02/2019 with interviews expected 13/03/2019. 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

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

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. 

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