Scientific Software Engineer Placement at Met Office

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Application Deadline
8th March 2020
South West
Salary Band
£16,000 - £17,999
Role May Involve
Computer Science Environmental Information Technology Mathematics/Statistics Science/Research

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Scientific Software Engineer Placement

Our Industrial Placement scheme offers undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside some of the UK’s most talented and enthusiastic professionals.

Why should I choose the Met Office?

As an Industrial Placement at the Met Office, you will be paid £17,000 pa and have the opportunity to spend 12 months (between July 2020 - July 2021) working with a team developing and supporting scientific software infrastructure within our Science directorate; for example working on air quality, satellite applications or numerical models of the atmosphere or ocean.

Working alongside 500 world leading Weather and Climate scientists, you will gain valuable experience and absorb information from IT professionals, all of which will help develop your skills and help you put what you have learnt at University into practice. During your placement you will have a clear learning plan and other placements on past cohorts have supported each other with projects, set up lunch groups and socials.

The SSE Industrial Placement scheme is an exciting opportunity to see first-hand what we do as well as make a real impact that the Met Office truly values. With your industrial experience there is the potential, after obtaining your degree, to apply and join one of our many scientific software engineering teams when suitable graduate level vacancies are advertised.

Tell me a little more about what you do…

Through world-leading science and cutting-edge technology, we work together to question the ordinary every day because we believe in the best. Working with global partners, our IT projects reach as far as Space. Around the clock, around the world, people need to know more about how the weather and climate will affect them now and in the future. Scientists within the Met Office working with software engineers carry out a broad range of research which underpins all our products and services. From weather and ocean forecasting to climate prediction, our research and development teams are at the forefront of scientific research. Software engineering is key in our science. Our science enables industries to operate, aircraft to take off and land safely, and helps Governments to make key choices.

Can I apply?

To become a Scientific Software Engineering Industrial Placement at the Met Office you will need to be someone who:

  • Is studying for an undergraduate degree with a significant numeracy, science (mathematics or a physical science) and/or IT element which MUST incorporate a placement year (i.e. sandwich course).
  • Possesses knowledge of at least one programming language
  • Has a keen interest in IT and software engineering at scale to support science and keeps up to date with current and future IT developments
  • Has effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Can plan and organise work using their own initiative
  • Demonstrates evidence of good oral and written communication skills

Desirably, you would be someone who can also demonstrate:

  • An understanding of modern software engineering processes and methods
  • A proven ability to work well as a member of a team
  • Evidence of putting your programming skills into practice
  • An interest in data science and machine learning approaches

When will I hear if I have been shortlisted?

We will be accepting applications until Sunday 8th March. During this time, we may get in touch if you are unfortunately not eligible or we have spotted something missing from your application. Otherwise, you can expect to hear from us before the 31st March once the hiring manager has reviewed all the applications received. We often receive a high number of applications so it can take a little while to look at each one but we always let people know the outcome.

The next stage is a face to face interview and that’s it! Good luck!

Additional Information

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter.

This full-time recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, with an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality and an LGBTi network.

About the Met Office

One area of the Met Office cannot function without the others. Our engineers keep data flowing; our science and scientific software engineers make data meaningful; and our sales, marketing, consultancy and communications professionals ensure that our forecasts and meteorological products and services reach our customers. The breadth and depth of our work is incredibly varied but whatever area you work in, you’ll be challenged, developed and fascinated in a career where whatever you do, your work will make a valuable contribution to the bigger picture. A career to be proud of.

How to apply

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