Weather Observations Industrial Placements 2021 at Met Office

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Application Deadline
28th February 2021
South West
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£16,000 - £17,999
Role May Involve
Computer Science Information Technology Mathematics/Statistics Science/Research

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Weather Observations Industrial Placements 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 Upper Air Observations 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 collecting high quality weather observations. 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….:

Meteorological observations underpin Met Office operations, being essential to forecasting and climate services. They are used to initialise numerical models, verify our forecasts, provide consultancy services and monitor climate change. The Upper Air Observations team in Exeter is responsible for the collection of high quality weather observations from observing networks including weather radar, radiosonde, lidar, lightning detection and aircraft based observations. This role will focus on operational activities, working closely with specialists to improve the performance of observing networks and systems. This will include data monitoring, diagnosing the cause of problems and producing performance statistics. You will make a difference from the very beginning of the placement. Our observing networks are continuously evolving as new instruments, systems and processes are developed. Therefore, there will also be opportunities for you to play a valuable part in change projects. The Upper Air Observations team regularly interacts with colleagues in research & development, engineering and IT teams, allowing you to discover the range of activities undertaken in the Observations group.

Can I apply?:

To become an Upper Air Observations Industrial Placement at the Met Office you will need to be someone who:

  • Studying for an undergraduate degree with a significant numeracy, science and/or IT element, which MUST incorporate a placement year (i.e. sandwich course).
  • Works well as a member of a multi-skilled team.
  • Able to analyse a problem and identify the root cause.
  • Able to plan and organise work using own initiative.
  • Comfortable communicating technical information to a range of stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in a high-level programming language such as Python.

Desirably, you would be someone who can also demonstrate:

  • A keen interest in meteorology and instrumentation used to monitor the environment.

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.