Salary: Starting £25,500 and for exceptional candidates up to £29,100 for Scientist role and for Senior Scientist £29,930 and for exceptional candidates up to £35,040 + competitive benefits, including Civil Service Pension
Generic role: Scientist or Senior Scientist
Profession: Science and Engineering
Three-year fixed-term. Full time at Met Office, Exeter
Opening date for applications: 23 April 2013
Closing date for applications: 22 July 2013
Statistical analysis lies at the heart of the work of the Weather Consultancy Group. Our broad customer base expects the team to be able to produce weather statistics relevant to their needs. These include: extreme value analysis and return periods, frequency analysis and probability distributions, and the robust isolation of events using significance tests. In addition, many customers see the value in using our skills, which we must maintain, to analyse their data for weather sensitivity. Examples include: metered usage of a commodity, sales figures, system failures or insurance claims.
To deliver statistically robust solutions to the perceived weather dependencies of all Met Office supported business sectors, including government, commerce and industry.
Please note that your application will be reviewed for its suitability within 3 weeks of your application being received and we welcome applications at any time during the campaign.
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To apply we require you to submit two documents - your CV and the Application Summary Form (PDF, 56 kB) . Your CV needs to include sufficient evidence of where your skills and experience satisfy the essential criteria outlined on the job description.
Please send this to HREnquiries@metoffice.gov.uk.
Alternatively, you can call or write to:
HR Customer Services
Tel: 01392 885000
We are unable to reply to each applicant individually. If you have had no response from us within four weeks of the closing date please assume you have been unsuccessful. If you meet the sift criteria but have applied more than three times for the same or similar job within the last two years, it will be up to the recruiting manager's discretion whether to offer you an interview.
All successful applicants offered conditional employment at the Met Office are required to undertake national security vetting. Usually successful applicants can start after satisfactory initial security vetting (whilst full national security vetting is undertaken), but for a small number of posts a higher level of vetting is needed. If you do not have five years' continuous UK residency this may take longer and we may have to reconsider your application if there are delays in the security procedure.
Please note that nationality and residency restrictions of this kind are common with all UK Civil Service departments and Executive Agencies. For further guidance see the UK Border Agency's Working in the UK website.
To widen the pool of candidates we guarantee an interview to disabled applicants who meet the published minimum criteria for the job.
To qualify for a guaranteed interview, you do not have to be registered as a disabled person but you must have a disability or long-term health condition that puts you at a substantial disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping employment. The disability must be likely to last for at least 12 months.
To apply for a guaranteed interview, please complete the appropriate section of the application form. When appropriate, you should provide details of any particular arrangements you will require for the interview, e.g. car parking, speech facilitator.
Any false declaration of disability to obtain an interview may invalidate any resultant contract of employment.
If you are an existing Civil Servant and have applied through the CS Vacs website, your application will be given priority status, in that your application will be assessed for suitability before other applications are entertained. Surplus staff should provide a letter from their HR department confirming this status and attach it to their application form.
The Met Office's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the HREnquiries@metoffice.gov.uk mailbox or telephone 01392 885000 in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Met Office, contact the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.
The Met Office values diversity and recruits on merit.
Employees can join the Civil Service Pension Scheme called 'Nuvos', a defined benefit scheme which both you and the Met Office contribute to. You also have the option to join a partnership scheme where the employer can contribute and you can contribute if you wish. For more details please see the Civil Service Pensions website .
The pay range is stated at the top of the job description. Entry to the Met Office is normally at the pay range minimum.
Unless stated in the job advert and job description, financial support is not available for candidates to move to the job location.
Candidates invited for interview will only be paid expenses if stated in the invite to interview letter.
Appointed staff will normally have a full mobility clause written into their employment contract. A small number of roles have a limited mobility obligation.