Our vision is to be recognised as the best weather and climate service in the world. Leading-edge science, innovation and research are crucial for us to meet that goal. From the technical aspects of collecting weather data, to world-leading numerical models, to state-of-the-art software, science goes to the core of our business.
We offer a range of roles which are as varied as the work we do, and strive to provide an environment in which our scientists can maximise the potential of their knowledge and expertise. We place considerable emphasis on career development, using a Scientific Skills Framework that provides a clear career path, allowing individuals to understand how they can develop so they can plan and realise their career aspirations accordingly. We also regularly assess the contributions of all our scientists, encouraging those who excel in their field to apply for progression into a more senior role.
Some of our scientific roles are primarily IT based and focus on the development and maintenance of specialised scientific software applications which underpin Met Office Science Programmes. At the Met Office we call these roles Scientific Software Engineers. People in these roles have the opportunity to combine their strong scientific and IT skills to work closely with scientists.
As in many professions, progression can mean moving into a management position. However, we recognise this may not always meet with the aspirations and skills of each individual. We also recognise that in addition to scientific generalists, we want people to develop world-leading expertise in specialist subjects. Hence we have also created a parallel 'Expert' and 'Fellowship' route to suit the career aspirations of these individuals. There are also opportunities for scientists to move into other parts of the Met Office such as sales and marketing, IT and forecasting
Each broad role comprises a distinct but related set of responsibilities which become more comprehensive in relation to seniority. As people progress in their roles, they have more autonomy to shape the nature of their research. The speed at which an individual can progress through the career structure is mainly dependent upon how quickly they develop and how well they can demonstrate the extent of their contribution through the quality of their work.
Our Scientific Professional Skills Framework, depicting each broad role and where it sits, and the typical career paths available, is shown below. Progression up the career framework is dependent upon both the capabilities of the individual, and the need for work to be done at that level.
There is a similar career framework for those roles that are predominantly IT based, and the typical career paths available are shown below.
A sound background in physics or maths to at least degree level is essential to be considered for roles within the science profession. To drive forward research and development, we recruit, train and develop people with knowledge and expertise, often at international expert level, in the following fields.
The criteria below give you an idea of the things we look for when recruiting into the science profession.
For those Science jobs that are primarily IT based we look for evidence against the following criteria.
To find out more about our weather and climate science, follow the links below.