U.K. nationals: Climate Scientists (3)

Met Office
Exeter, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Salary Information

  • RD004 Foundation Scientist £23,673-£26,119
  • RD006 Scientist £30,325-£33,260
  • RD005 Senior Scientist £ 36,684 -£40,352


The Met Office is a world leader in pulling-through and applying climate science to deliver services that support stakeholders in their decision making. We undertake complex science, and produce predictions and projections, that we translate into advice that can be acted on, working with stakeholders in the UK and worldwide to help them manage their climate-related risks. Our work is high profile and we continuously seek new ways of adding value through innovation and partnerships.

Successful candidates will work within diverse and experienced teams, working extensively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders. There are multiple posts available, some focusing on underpinning climate science research, some focused on more applied science and some focused on engagement and co-development with stakeholders to better understand requirements and build capacity. The teams involved work closely together so there is an opportunity to experience and develop in either one of these aspects or a combination.

Posts are available in the following areas:

  • UK Climate Resilience: supported through the UK’s Strategic Priorities Fund, this includes underpinning science to quantify risks and build climate resilience, including applying this science across key sectors to understand impacts and support adaptation.
  • Climate Science for Services Partnership: supported through the UK’s Newton Fund, this includes developing applied science in collaboration with partners in China, engaging with stakeholders in China, and pulling the science through to development and delivery of prototype climate services. 
  • Climate Information for International development: Generation and provision of weather and climate information on regional and local scales, including working closely with practitioners and / or policy makers to build climate resilience in developing countries.
  • Climate Security: Developing understanding and providing advice on the impact of weather and climate on human security.

Personal Benefits include flexible working, generous leave allowance, free parking, free tea and coffee. There are numerous clubs and activities, a restaurant, cafe and a gym on-site.

Job Purpose

Contribute to the development and delivery of Met Office Climate Science and Services through research, development, and application and communication of climate science, to support stakeholders around the world, to strengthen the position of the Met Office as a world-leading climate service provider and partner of choice.

Job Responsibilities

Each of the roles available will be responsible for a subset of the following:

  • Perform scientific research to advance knowledge in climate science areas relevant to climate resilience, including the applied climate science necessary for climate service development. Apply scientific knowledge and technical capability to develop, deliver and document Climate Science, Applied Science and Climate Service projects to Contribute contribute to the pull-through of climate science to services to meet the needs of stakeholders.
  • Design and deliver stakeholder engagement activities to understand and document customer requirements for climate information, and to help build the capabilities and capacity of local stakeholders and scientists in target countries through delivery of training and science exchange activities.
  • Work with stakeholders to develop new and improved methods of generating, communicating and disseminating climate information across time-scales (including historical and present day, the coming months and seasons, through to multi-decadal).

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. A good background in a physical or mathematical science, with an MSc (Foundation Scientist) / PhD (Scientist) / post-doctoral research experience (Senior Scientist) in a relevant scientific discipline, or equivalent level of professional experience.
  2. Scientific and / or technical experience in at least one of the following areas:
    • Analysis of climate data and climate model output
    • Application of climate science to deliver solutions to real-world problems 
    • Statistical techniques and their application to real-world problems
  3. Strong interpersonal and both written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to proactively engage with stakeholders and / or collaborators
  4. Demonstrated ability to develop project or research plans and, working both independently and as part of a team, and to take responsibility for the delivery of work and quality control of the outputs.
  5. Scientific programming experience (e.g. using Python, IDL, Fortran, C)

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas of climate science:
    • Understanding regional climate variability
    • Climate modelling at high resolution
    • Attribution of climate events
    • Climate impacts and impact metrics
    • Use of exposure and vulnerability information in climate risk assessment
  2. Knowledge or experience in delivery of climate services, for example in one or more of the following areas:
    • Urban climate science and applications
    • Industry sectors such as water resources, food and agriculture, infrastructure, health, energy, coastal environments
    • Human security
    • Informing policy
  3. Experience engaging practitioners or policy makers to build climate resilience in developing countries
  4. Awareness of methods drawn from social science and / or economics
  5. Existing record of scientific publications

Additional Supplementary Information

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

Key Dates: Closing date 09/06/2019 with interviews expected week commencing 25/06/2019. 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.

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited.  Successful applicants will be required to work ~75% of their working week in Exeter. Homeworking may be considered for ~25% of week.

All posts require applicants to travel to conferences or training events outwith Exeter and possibly internationally.

A subset of the posts involve regular overseas travel, with the teams involved in activities worldwide, including in developing countries. An ability and willingness to travel abroad for work is therefore required for the subset of posts in these areas.

Candidates who are interviewed maybe considered for other similar scientific posts available in the Met Office during the next 6 months.

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

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.

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