Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Vacancy: Space Weather Applied Scientist, Met Office, UK

The Met Office is attempting to position itself as a leading space weather forecast centre internationally and also as the service delivery agency for space weather service within the UK. The Met Office has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center over the joint development of space weather services and capabilities and is collaborating with the British Geological Survey, and other partners, in the UK.

This post shall focus on the operational implementation of space weather models and customer products, in collaboration with UK and international partners. The primary initial goal of this post is to implement the WSA Enlil solar wind propagation model at the Met Office (in collaboration with NOAA), to transition this to an operational service that will provide alerts of arrival of Coronal Mass Ejections and associated advice to customers, and to further develop this service (eg by developing a WSA Enlil ensemble prediction service).

Specific job purpose

To coordinate, develop and implement space weather services within the Met Office, in collaboration with partners, driven by a firm understanding of users needs.

Specific job responsibilities

  • To gain and maintain a basic understanding of both space weather and the forecasting process.
  • Identify, and either manage the implementation of, or directly implement, scientific models (e.g. WSA Enlil) and techniques to support space weather forecasting.
  • Support the Met Office College or Lead space weather forecaster in the training of forecasters in new space weather forecasting techniques and models.
  • Represent the Met Office on a number of scientific groups, working alongside other science and business colleagues.
  • Write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, give presentations at international conferences and take part in relevant international collaborations and working groups, as appropriate, to raise the visibility and reputation of the Met Office in this field.
Employment: 12 month fixed-term, Full time at Met Office, Exeter

Closing date for applications: 6 June 2012.

For more information, please refer to the original announcement here.

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