[ES_JOBS_NET] Director of Met Office Hadley Centre

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Jun 5 10:45:10 MDT 2017



Exeter HQ

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          Salary Information

£47,124 - £80,500 + Excellent benefits. You may also be eligible to 
claim for relocation costs of up to £5,000.


The Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) is widely regarded as one of the 
world’s leading research institutes in climate variability and change, 
producing fundamental climate science which forms a significant part of 
the UK’s national climate science capability. Its reputation derives 
from a combination of scientific and academic excellence, national and 
international collaborations, strong scientific leadership and the scale 
of its research infrastructure. This enables the MOHC to deliver climate 
data sets, scenarios, projections and predictions on which many others 
depend, including the IPCC.

The award-winning Met Office Headquarters offer a superb working 
environment including a modern gym, sports clubs and societies, free 
onsite parking, restaurant and cafe. Other benefits include:
• Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank holidays) rising to 32.5 days.
• Flexible working hours available to promote work/life balance.
• A choice of pension schemes, so you can plan for your future.
• ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel.
• Many more benefits including healthcare and childcare plans

          Job Purpose

The Director of MOHC has responsibility for the strategic leadership of 
MOHC research; leading the staff of the MOHC; representing the work of 
the MOHC to the external scientific community and Government sponsors; 
and representing Climate Science within the wider Met Office Science 
programme as a member of the Science Management Team.

Immediate tasks will be to work with the Chief Scientist to implement 
the research programme of MOHC for the next period (2018-21); to 
demonstrate the value of the new high performance computer; and to work 
with the Head of MOHC Climate Services for Government to promote the 
pull through of climate science into climate services for Government.

          Job Responsibilities

• Providing strategic-level scientific leadership and development of the 
climate research programme, ensuring that it is equipped to meet future 
policy and user requirements for climate science post Paris COP, and to 
deliver demonstrable socio-economic value.
• Ensuring that the MOHC delivers research of the highest international 
standard and that all communications and outreach activities retain 
scientific integrity.
• Working with the Chief Scientist to foster stronger collaboration with 
UK academia and NERC to ensure that the UK’s national climate science 
capability is of the highest calibre.
• Establishing strong working relationships with leading government 
officials, heads of international agencies, the IPCC and other relevant 
bodies to promote the work and relevance of the MOHC.
• Working as a member of the Met Office Science Management Team to 
develop, organise and manage climate research as part of the fully 
integrated Met Office Science Programme, to deliver the Met Office 
Science Strategy 2016-2021.
• Line management of climate science Strategic Heads, and overseeing the 
professional development and well-being of all MOHC staff.
• Working with the Head of Climate Services for Government to promote 
the pull through of climate science into climate services for Government.
• Contributing to the delivery of the Met Office Corporate Plan, working 
with the Chief Scientist and Director of Meteorological Science.

          Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

 1. Internationally esteemed scientist with extensive research
    experience in climate science research or closely-related areas of
    atmosphere or ocean science, and with an outstanding publication and
    citation record.
 2. Proven track record in development and implementation of strategic
    research plans, with demonstrable impact at the highest level.
 3. Proven leadership and management skills from an internationally
    recognised science team.
 4. Experience of working with government research stakeholders.
 5. Experience in playing a leading role within national and
    international research bodies.
 6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

          Additional Supplementary Information

*Closing date for applications – 23rd June 2017*
*Expected interview date W/C 17th July*

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent 
version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly states your 
experience against each essential criterion.

The successful candidates will require security clearance. Further 
information can be provided by calling 01392 885000. Please ask to speak 
with the Resourcing Lead to discuss in greater detail

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