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Verification Scientist - Devon, Exeter, EX1 1

About the role

A world-leading authority in weather and climate services, we produce and deliver weather forecasts from a range of deterministic and ensemble numerical weather prediction models. We're constantly striving to improve the quality and accuracy of our forecasts and you'll help us do just that.

Working in a small, talented team of scientists, and collaborating with colleagues and contacts from within the Met Office and beyond, you will monitor, detect and diagnose the origins of model systematic behaviour by using existing - and developing and integrating new - methods for the improvement of the modelling system. Your technical and scientific expertise will help us to diagnose where changes are necessary to further improve the accuracy of our forecasts. Variety is the key word here: one day, you could be looking at cloud processes to improve forecasts for our aviation customers; the next, you're working with one of our external partners, the Environment Agency for example, to further improve flood forecasting.

About you

You're a scientist with impressive programming skills. You will have a 2:1 degree (or above) in a physical/mathematics-based science subject and, ideally, relevant postgraduate experience and/or qualifications. If you're joining us at a more senior level, we will also expect you to have significant relevant experience. When it comes to programming, you'll be confident writing scientific software (Fortran, Shell scripting, Python), and at a more senior level, you will have a demonstrable ability in designing and developing large complex codes. We would also like you be skilled in the use of appropriate data sets and data analysis techniques (and comfortable working with large data sets).

As well as your technical and analytical strengths, you must have confident communication skills, in writing and in person. It is important that you're able to convey your views clearly and concisely, to both scientific and non-scientific colleagues. With a collaborative approach, you enjoy sharing insight, knowledge and experience with your scientific colleagues. Joining us at a more senior level, you will also be expected to lead diagnostic activities and train your colleagues outside the team in the use of diagnostic and verification tools.

About the Met Office

Like millions of others, you probably know us best for the weather forecasts that you hear on the news or read on your phone. But did you know that our forecasts reach as far as space? Or that high profile organisations across the world - from governments and the military, to the NHS and utility companies - rely on our expertise to operate safely and efficiently? Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, through idea generation and enthusiasm, we collaborate to challenge the ordinary every day because we believe in the best. The best for our customers, the best for your career. It's a career where you'll be challenged, developed and fascinated; a career where whatever you do, your work will make a valuable contribution to the bigger picture. A career to be proud of.

What we can offer you

We're constantly moving forwards, looking to optimise our abilities. Which is why, joining us, we'll invest in your development to help you be the very best you can be in whatever it is that you do. Rewards? There are plenty of those too. A competitive pension, opportunities for flexible working, performance-related pay schemes, some great benefits as well as 25 days' holiday, which increases to 30 days' after 5 years. And based in our award-winning Exeter headquarters, you'll have world-class facilities all around you.


To find out more, and to apply online, please visit click on the APPLY button below.

Closing date: 31 December 2013.

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