Marine Applications Scientist

As our Marine Applications Scientist , your starting salary will be £(phone number removed) and you will have opportunities to progress to £(phone number removed) over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minima.

Your total reward package is potentially worth up to £(phone number removed) 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 for healthy, low carbon travel
– Access to discounted shopping on a range of retail, leisure and lifestyle categories

Who we are

We are the Met Office, the National Meteorological Service for the UK. We provide critical weather services and pioneering climate science, helping people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

The focus of the Industry Science and Consultancy area is to innovatively employ our world-leading weather and climate science to ensure our customers are able to make the best possible use of meteorological and oceanographic ('metocean') information within their decision-making.

At the heart of this is our Marine Applications team, working with users to understand the challenges that they are facing and to develop and deliver bespoke analysis and forecast services to solve these critical industry problems.

Within the Marine Applications team, we are seeking to recruit a talented, self-motivated and enthusiastic Scientist who will work well within our area, both delivering customer-focused consultancy projects and collaborating with partners to develop our metocean forecast production systems and analysis tools.

Our ways of working are founded in our values – it's who we are:
– We're a force for good
– We're experts by nature
– We live and breathe it
– We're better together
– We keep evolving

Job Purpose

As a Marine Applications Scientist you will apply cutting edge statistical and data science techniques, combined with a physical understanding of both the metocean environment and its impacts on industry operations, to add value to weather and climate datasets; integrating and interpreting these within the context of user systems and processes to enhance customer decision-making.

Some recent work within the team that represent the types of project you might be involved in include:

Undertaking consultancy to quantify performance of ensemble (multi-model) predictions and use this insight to improve their future real-time interpretation;
Developing our next-generation metocean forecast processing systems, including the application of cloud computing and machine learning tools;
Collaborating with international scientific partners to conduct research that exploits the potential of (sub-)seasonal forecasts in a seamless way and improve offshore industry planning;
Deriving impact-based solutions from standard model diagnostics to produce practical user orientated indices that map hazards to decision-making across weather to climate timescales;
Producing metocean analyses and extreme value statistics to support the design, installation, operations & maintenance and decommissioning phases of offshore energy projects.This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has a relevant marine science background and who is passionate about the transformation of their expertise into products & services that solve customer problems. Your job will encompass a range of activities, including:

Researching cutting edge science and technology to utilise weather and climate data as well as customer data to produce outputs that benefit our industry customers;
Developing high quality scientific computing code to undertake the required data analysis and designing and building operational forecast production systems;
Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to successfully deliver a range of projects;
Clearly communicating science through reports and presentations to customers/peers;
Providing scientific/technical expertise to internal/external stakeholders to further their own business activities.Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

Experience and knowledge equivalent to several years post-graduate in a physical science or field with a high numerical content.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to understand customer needs and translate complex scientific and technical information between stakeholders, providing well-informed advice.
Strong scientific computing skills (e.g. Python) and demonstrated experience of writing and modifying complex code and producing high quality analyses using appropriate quality assurance tools and processes.
Strong team player with the ability to work and collaborate as an active and productive member of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver projects including the provision of scientific/technical advice to other team members.
An ability to develop and deliver projects, that meet requirements on quality, cost and to delivery date, prioritising tasks as necessary.
Practically applied knowledge and experience in numerical modelling, machine learning or statistical processing applied to ocean, surge and/or wave data.Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

General knowledge of both marine weather and climate science aligned to the needs of the offshore energy sector

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