Surface Observations Metadata Industrial Placement 2021
Our Industrial Placement scheme offers ambitious, capable undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside experts in their field.
Why should I choose the Met Office?
As an Industrial Placement within the Surface Networks team at the Met Office, you will be paid £17,900 pa and have the opportunity to spend 12 months (between July 2021 - July 2022) working alongside an operational team responsible for collecting the high quality weather observations that are critical in underpinning our world-leading weather forecasts and climate projections. The Observations Industrial Placement scheme is an exciting opportunity to see first-hand what we do, as well as make a real impact that the Met Office truly values. You will also be joining other placements on this scheme, who will be working in other departments across the office, and past cohorts have supported each other with projects, set up lunch groups and socials.
Tell me a little more about what you do…
Observed weather data is the foundation of the meteorological value chain, providing real-time information about the state of the atmosphere to our scientists, state-of-the-art supercomputer capability and operational meteorologists to provide the forecast services that we rely on every day.
This cannot be undertaken in isolation from the essential metadata (the data about the data) that surrounds each measurement. This can include the instruments and information about an observing station. The technological landscape has increased demands for more spatial and temporal data, but to make sure we gain greatest benefit from this, we need to ensure that our metadata and associated tools, techniques and data repositories keep pace with this change.
This placement will work with the Surface Observations Networks team and interface with central systems technology and quality management teams to review key metadata tools and user interfaces in use to support develop proof of concept replacements that may be taken into wider use. You will get to work alongside the network managers and also technology leads. The work will also involve working with WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) systems to share metadata with the international OSCAR archive using Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
Can I apply?
To become a Surface Observations Metadata Industrial Placement at the Met Office you will need to be someone who:
- Is studying for an undergraduate degree with a significant numeracy, science and/or IT element, which MUST incorporate a placement year (i.e. sandwich course)?
- Has an understanding of principles and practice relating to metadata, data repository systems and time series data
- Is capable of using a database to extract and analyse data
- Possesses knowledge of the collection and recording of environmental data information, with specific reference to metadata.
- Demonstrates programming ability with some proven experience working with Application Programme Interfaces (APIs)
- Is a self-starter with willingness to explore different technologies and methodologies
- Has the ability to produce technical documentation and present results clearly, both in writing and in person
How do I apply?
If you think this role sounds perfect for you and you meet the above requirements, then please follow these two simple steps…
- Click Apply
- Fill out the online application and give as much evidence as possible against the skills required
When will I hear if I have been shortlisted?
We will be accepting applications until 28th February 2021. During this time, we may get in touch if you are unfortunately not eligible or we have spotted something missing from your application. Otherwise, you can expect to hear from us before the 19th March once the hiring manager has reviewed all the applications received. We often receive a high number of applications so it can take a little while to look at each one but we always let people know the outcome. The next stage is an interview (likely to be via skype at the end of March/early April) and that’s it! Good luck!
This placement is normally based in Exeter as you may be required for onsite meetings however there is likely to be a flexible remote working aspect involved.
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.
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, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.
We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.