[ES_JOBS_NET] Director of Met Office Hadley Centre



 Exeter HQ



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– £80,500 + Excellent benefits. You may also be eligible to
claim for relocation costs of up to £5,000.


Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) is widely regarded as one of
the world’s leading research institutes in climate
variability and change, producing fundamental climate
science which forms a significant part of the UK’s national
climate science capability. Its reputation derives from a
combination of scientific and academic excellence, national
and international collaborations, strong scientific
leadership and the scale of its research infrastructure.
This enables the MOHC to deliver climate data sets,
scenarios, projections and predictions on which many others
depend, including the IPCC. 
The award-winning Met Office Headquarters offer a superb
working environment including a modern gym, sports clubs and
societies, free onsite parking, restaurant and cafe. Other
benefits include:
• Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank holidays)
rising to 32.5 days. 
• Flexible working hours available to promote work/life
• A choice of pension schemes, so you can plan for your
• ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy
• Many more benefits including healthcare and childcare


Director of MOHC has responsibility for the strategic
leadership of MOHC research; leading the staff of the MOHC;
representing the work of the MOHC to the external scientific
community and Government sponsors; and representing Climate
Science within the wider Met Office Science programme as a
member of the Science Management Team. 
Immediate tasks will be to work with the Chief Scientist to
implement the research programme of MOHC for the next period
(2018-21); to demonstrate the value of the new high
performance computer; and to work with the Head of MOHC
Climate Services for Government to promote the pull through
of climate science into climate services for Government.


Providing strategic-level scientific leadership and
development of the climate research programme, ensuring that
it is equipped to meet future policy and user requirements
for climate science post Paris COP, and to deliver
demonstrable socio-economic value. 
• Ensuring that the MOHC delivers research of the highest
international standard and that all communications and
outreach activities retain scientific integrity.
• Working with the Chief Scientist to foster stronger
collaboration with UK academia and NERC to ensure that the
UK’s national climate science capability is of the highest
• Establishing strong working relationships with leading
government officials, heads of international agencies, the
IPCC and other relevant bodies to promote the work and
relevance of the MOHC. 
• Working as a member of the Met Office Science Management
Team to develop, organise and manage climate research as
part of the fully integrated Met Office Science Programme,
to deliver the Met Office Science Strategy 2016-2021. 
• Line management of climate science Strategic Heads, and
overseeing the professional development and well-being of
all MOHC staff.
• Working with the Head of Climate Services for Government
to promote the pull through of climate science into climate
services for Government.
• Contributing to the delivery of the Met Office Corporate
Plan, working with the Chief Scientist and Director of
Meteorological Science.

Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

esteemed scientist with extensive research experience in
climate science research or closely-related areas of
atmosphere or ocean science, and with an outstanding
publication and citation record.

track record in development and implementation of
strategic research plans, with demonstrable impact at the
highest level.

leadership and management skills from an internationally
recognised science team.

of working with government research stakeholders.

in playing a leading role within national and
international research bodies.

oral and written communication skills.

Supplementary Information

date for applications – 23rd June 2017Expected interview date W/C 17th July
To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most
recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which
briefly states your experience against each essential

successful candidates will require security clearance.
Further information can be provided by calling 01392 885000.
Please ask to speak with the Resourcing Lead to discuss in
greater detail

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