The Met Office is world-leading in weather and climate services and we’re continuously developing innovative ways to enhance and optimise our capabilities. Our Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality (ADAQ) group is recruiting scientists to improve our atmospheric dispersion modelling capability through developing and using the NAME dispersion model. NAME provides the Met Office’s atmospheric dispersion research and emergency response capability and is used to advise a wide range of stakeholders on the dispersion, deposition and impact of material released in a range of incidents such as large fires, nuclear power station accidents, volcanic eruptions and animal and plant diseases. The work offers a highly diverse range of opportunities, with projects on core atmospheric physics as well as on relevant chemical, radiological, biological and volcanological processes. Model performance and interpretation are key elements, especially when applied in protecting life, and so the work also includes wider model development, analysis, and validation. The successful candidate will be motivated by seeing science developed and applied in tackling real world and often critical situations. The work sits in a highly multi-disciplinary field and the job holder will be involved in collaborations with academia and government and international agencies.
Work in ADAQ is varied and the role may include some or all of the following depending on the skill set of the individual:
- Contribute to the improvement of the NAME physics schemes and model functionality.
- Develop enhanced operational response capability in the areas of volcanic ash/gas, biomass burning, industrial accidents, radiological, etc to provide targeted decision-making advice to our customers
- Conduct model validation and improvement using data from field campaigns and real world events.
- Conduct model sensitivity studies to explore the importance and impact of model improvements and also the propagation of uncertainty in dispersion forecasts.
- Participate in and develop scientific projects with collaborators in academia and other agencies.
Applications are open until 25 Nov 2016
For more information and to apply see: http://emea3.mrted.ly/189o3#.WBHCUF_EbPw.email
Dr Claire Witham
Team Leader, Atmospheric Dispersion & Air Quality Group
Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB UK