Climate Metadata Analyst Industrial Placement 2021

by Met Office

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Job Details

28th February 2021
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Chemistry, Physics, Public Sector/Governmental, Science/Research
South West

Climate Metadata Analyst Industrial Placement 2021

Our Industrial Placement scheme offers ambitious, capable undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside experts in their field.

Why should I choose the Met Office?:

As an Industrial Placement within the Surface Networks team at the Met Office, you will be paid £17,900 pa and have the opportunity to spend 12 months (between July 2021 - July 2022) working within an operational team responsible for delivery of Observations for users. The Observations 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. You will also be joining other placements on this scheme, who will be working in other departments across the office, and past cohorts have supported each other with projects, set up lunch groups and socials.

Tell me a little more about what you do….:

Observations are fundamental to almost all the services that the Met Office provides – as direct data and products; for initialising Numerical Weather Prediction and other models; for verification of forecasts; as the basis for many weather / climate related consultancy services and for monitoring the UK as well as the global climate.

Key to ensuring the quality and understanding the characteristics of this data, is assessing the local conditions under which data is taken. This is not only an important consideration in collecting today's data but has a heightened importance in assessing our long term time series of observations. This information is collectively described as Observational metadata and takes a variety of forms including letters, photographs, maps, inspection reports and digitised database fields. Some early forms of metadata exist in the Met Office Archives dating back to 1900 and these records represent rich evidence to the local conditions and history of the sites, instruments and UK network.

The Met Office is currently carrying out an activity to review Observational Metadata for several observing sites, with a goal to enhancing our current time series data. This placement role will focus on conducting the review and assessment of a wide variety of evidence, no doubt requiring some detective work and consideration of impacts and uncertainties from findings.

This opportunity will also include being part of an operational team providing live Observational data to the Met Office products and services, with opportunities to experience and contribute to a wider range of activities In addition to the scientific impact on data, these sources of metadata also provide important accounts which should aid celebration of these historic partnerships, becoming part of our internal and external communications and press. Therefore, this placement can support the development of relationships with customers, partners, stakeholders and suppliers in order to maintain the Met Office's reputation.

Can I apply?:

To become a Climate Metadata Analyst Industrial Placement at the Met Office you will need to be someone who:

  1. Is currently studying an undergraduate degree in a physical science or related subject which MUST incorporate a placement year (e.sandwich course).
  2. Has the ability to systematically analyse data from a variety of sources in addition to proactively investigating leads
  3. Can communicate technical information clearly and concisely to a range of customers who have varying levels of technical understanding and express outcomes with consideration of uncertainties
  4. Can also communicate information of interest in a factual but engaging manner for use in internal and external communications
  5. Can demonstrate an ability to work unsupervised at times, delivering required tasks in a timely manner to the deadlines provided
  6. Can provide evidence of developing better ways of working, seeing through these changes to ensure a better outcome.

How do I apply?:

If you think this role sounds perfect for you and you meet the above requirements, then please follow these two simple steps:

  • Click on the link above to submit your application via our website
  • Fill out the online application and give as much evidence as possible against the skills required

When will I hear if I have been shortlisted?:

We will be accepting applications until 28th February 2021. 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 19th 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 an interview (likely to be via Skype at the end of March/early April) and that’s it! Good luck!

Additional Information:

This placement is normally based in Exeter as you may be required for onsite meetings however there is likely to be a flexible remote working aspect involved.

This 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 recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

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