There aren’t many jobs on offer at the MET Office these days, maybe belt tightening is the order of the day as they ready for privatisation. But it seems that having shot their mouths off about the Sudden Stratospheric Warming that we already knew was linked to the current cold snap, they’ve realised they need someone who knows something about the subject before they get made to look silly. Again. Finding a bright young astrophysics/Earth sciences graduate with Fortran skills might be a bit of a challenge though:
Generic role: Scientist
Profession: Science and Engineering
12 month fixed-term, Full time at Met Office, Exeter
Closing date for applications: 8 February 2013
Space Weather is a developing area of work at the Met Office. The all Hazards guidance now provided by Met Office forecasters includes alerts of space weather events. We have also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center which covers exchange of data, development of space weather services, forecaster training and collaboration on space weather research. One initial focus of Met Office space weather research is the development of a thermosphere / ionosphere data assimilation system.
This work takes place as part of collaborative European Framework 7 projects ATMOP (Advanced Thermospheric Modelling for Orbital Prediction) and ESPAS (Near-Earth Space Data Infrastructure for e-Science). The project objectives include the development of data assimilation modules for the thermosphere and ionosphere, and the assessment of the performance of the data assimilation system, and associated first principles thermospheric models, against independent observations and other data assimilation approaches. A longer term aim is to implement this system operationally at the Met Office.
Specific job purpose
Design, develop and test a data assimilation system for the thermosphere and ionosphere to meet the objectives of the ATMOP and ESPAS projects, leading to the eventual operational implementation of a space weather data assimilation system at the Met Office.
Specific job responsibilities
Lead the design, development, installation and testing of a thermosphere and ionosphere data assimilation system, and associated first principles models, to meet the requirements of the ATMOP and ESPAS projects.
Present results at ATMOP and ESPAS project meetings, international conferences, and meetings with other partners or customers, to heighten awareness of our work.
Interact with UK and international research partners, and with colleagues in other parts of the Met Office (eg Hazards Centre), to seek feedback, and opportunities for new research initiatives or operational developments.
Document and lodge relevant code into the relevant existing Met Office software systems (eg OPS), or into new, space weather-specific, software systems, as appropriate, to ensure that the code can be utilised and further developed by other Met Office staff.
Write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate, to raise the visibility and reputation of the Met Office in this field.
Qualifications, skills and abilities required
A good degree (2.1 or above or 2.2 with postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience) in a physical science, mathematics or a related subject.
Evidence of effectively achieving major scientific goals with minimal supervision or guidance.
Demonstrated ability to successfully present material via briefings and seminars to scientific colleagues.
Demonstrated ability to write scientific reports and publish scientific papers.
Evidence of contributing positively to team working responsibilities and of effectively achieving team goals.
Good scientific computing skills (in eg Fortran) and demonstrated ability to effectively use software applications (eg IDL).
A background in, or demonstrated interest in, space weather and/or the thermosphere and ionosphere.
Ability to effectively communicate with non-specialists in order to publicise, and gain further support for, Met Office research activities (eg in space weather).
Experience in using Met Office numerical modelling or data assimilation software systems (UM, VAR), or equivalent.
Experience of data assimilation techniques or equivalent (eg inverse methods).
Additional supplementary information
There is a possibility for this post to be extended beyond 12 months, subject to receiving additional funding.
Application forms and further information
Please mark your request or returned application form: Space Weather Research Scientist 002650 R
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