International Applied Science and Services Foundation Scientist Exeter 2024

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DEADLINE 5th December 2023
Exeter
£25,870

We’re looking for an exceptional International Applied Science and Services Foundation Scientist to help us make a difference to our planet.

As our International Applied Science and Services Foundation Scientist you will work a hybrid pattern and will be based at Exeter HQ. You can choose to work more frequently in our state-of-the-art office if you'd prefer.  Our people are at the heart of what we do and we'll do our best to agree a working pattern that works for everyone.

Why join us?

The Met Office is accredited as a 'Great Place to Work UK 2023' and in addition has achieved a place on both the UK's 'Best Workplaces in Tech' and 'Best Workplaces for Women' lists

We invest in our people to unlock their full potential. As our International Applied Science and Services Foundation Scientist, we will support you to develop and thrive to be the best you can be.  We champion positive physical and mental health in the workplace and are committed to being an inclusive organisation, providing a working culture that actively values an equal and diverse workforce.

As our International Applied Science and Services Foundation Scientist, your starting salary will be £25870.00. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minimum. Our 2022-25 pay award means the salary will increase to £26954.00 from 1st April 2024, and you will be able to progress towards £29531.00 over time.

Your total reward package is potentially worth up to £36318.00 annually, which includes basic salary, potential corporate bonus and employer pension contributions.

Your package includes

  • Outstanding Civil Service Pension
  • Flexible hours and homeworking
  • Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) after 5 years and option to buy or sell up to 5 days per year of annual leave
  • Cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment to support healthy, low carbon travel
  • Access to discounted shopping, inclusive of retail, leisure and lifestyle brands

Background

We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science to deliver extraordinary impact and benefit across the globe. Our work helps people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

Together:

  • We’re a force for good - focusing on our environmental and social impact
  • We’re experts by nature - always learning and developing to do things better
  • We live and breathe it - putting our purpose at the heart of decision-making
  • We’re better together - understanding partnerships and inclusivity make us greater
  • We keep evolving - pushing boundaries to make tomorrow better for our customers

The Met Office is a world leading provider of climate services and science, developing and providing climate information and knowledge to support decision-making. We translate complex climate science and data across timescales – from past observations to seasonal forecasts and future climate projections – into information that can be acted on by stakeholders worldwide to help manage climate-related risks. We also support the co-development of climate services with partner organisations across the world, embedding good practice methods into climate service design and delivery, and facilitating knowledge exchange to advance the climate services field. Our work is high profile, and we continuously seek new ways of adding value through innovation and partnerships.

Job Purpose

As a International Applied Science and Services Foundation Scientist you will contribute to the development, delivery, and evaluation of climate science and services internationally across sub seasonal, seasonal and climate timescales. You will support partners around the world and strengthen the position of the Met Office as a world leader in the development of climate information, science and services.

Your duties will include:

  • Support stakeholder engagement activities to understand and document customer requirements for climate information (at seasonal to climate timescales)
  • Develop new and improved methods of communicating and disseminating climate information.
  • Work with internal and external partners, and across different disciplines, to co-produce climate services for different climate hazards and sectoral applications.
  • Help build capacity of local stakeholders and scientists through delivery of in-country training, workshops, and science exchange activities.
  • Contribute to a range of international projects – including: projects for the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Defence, World Food Programme, the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) South Africa, and the Weather and Climate Information Services (WISER) Africa and Asia Pacific programmes.

The post offers the opportunity for international travel to undertake in-country engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. While not essential in the role, travel overseas is typically for a week or two weeks at a time, with some opportunities for longer periods.

The successful candidate will work in a passionate and experienced team, linking with other teams across the Met Office and partner organisations around the world, to support the development, delivery, and evaluation of climate science and services. This post contributes to the work of the Climate Risk, Engagement and Outreach team in International Applied Science and Services (IASAS) in Programmes. IASAS are responsible for the research, scientific, technical and service development that support international activities across weather, seasonal and climate timescales. The candidate will also have opportunities engage in international conferences and climate service activities to build their knowledge, extend professional networks, and advance their careers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support stakeholder engagement activities to understand and document customer requirements for climate information (at seasonal to climate timescales)
  • Develop new and improved methods of communicating and disseminating climate information.
  • Work with internal and external partners, and across different disciplines, to co-produce climate services for different climate hazards and sectoral applications.
  • Help build capacity of local stakeholders and scientists through delivery of in-country training, workshops, and science exchange activities.
  • Contribute to a range of international projects – including: projects for the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, , Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Defence, World Food Programme, the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) South Africa, and the Weather and Climate Information Services (WISER) Africa and Asia Pacific programmes.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  • Evidence of a good understanding of the physical science behind: climate variability, climate change and/or seasonal to sub-seasonal prediction, as well as non-climate influences on risk and vulnerability. This could be obtained through experience from a job in a relevant area, or through a relevant physical, mathematical or social science undergraduate degree (or equivalent) (We’re experts by nature).
  • Evidence of an interest in one or more of: climate services, climate prediction, climate risk, capacity building and international development. As well as a enthusiasm to engage with different people and communities to understand user needs, and an appreciation for the challenges in developing climate information and services (We’re a force for good).
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using a range of methods (e.g., written reports, presentations) to explain scientific information to different audiences (We live and breathe it).
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team, incorporating different expertise and knowledge to co-produce successful outputs and outcomes (We’re better together)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, exploring opportunities for developing new skills and knowledge, and managing time effectively in the design and delivery of research or consultancy projects (We keep evolving).

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience in scientific analysis packages and/or programming languages (e.g. Python, R), with an ability to learn new scientific or technical skills readily and apply them in order to address specific requirements.
  • Experience of working with government stakeholders and/or in a international development context

Experience or knowledge in any of the following disciplines:

  • Seasonal and/or sub-seasonal prediction
  • Sector-specific expertise (e.g., climate security, energy, water, health, agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction).
  • Science policy
  • International development
  • Social sciences/ inter-disciplinary research
DEADLINE 5th December 2023