Lerwick Observatory Analyst

Are you an outstanding individual with a passion for environmental measurements and a desire to contribute to global weather services? We have a full-time opportunity for a Lerwick Observatory Analyst to join our dynamic team, working 37 hours per week at the Lerwick location.

Why join us?

The Met Office has been recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work UK 2023’ and has secured a place on both the UK’s ‘Best Workplaces in Tech’ and ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ lists. We invest in our people, fostering an inclusive and positive working culture that values diversity. As a Lerwick Observatory Analyst, you’ll benefit from a total reward package potentially worth up to £36,318.00 annually, encompassing a competitive basic salary, potential corporate bonus, and employer pension contributions.

Your Package Includes:

  • Outstanding Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) after 5 years
  • Option to buy or sell up to 5 days per year of annual leave
  • Cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment
  • Access to discounted shopping, inclusive of retail, leisure, and lifestyle brands

Who we are:

We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, making a significant impact across the globe. As part of our team:

  • We focus on environmental and social impact, being a force for good.
  • We are experts by nature, constantly learning and developing.
  • We live and breathe our purpose, putting it at the heart of decision-making.
  • We believe in the power of inclusivity and partnerships, making us stronger together.
  • We keep evolving, pushing boundaries to create a better tomorrow for our customers.

Learn more about our values here.

The Role:

As a Lerwick Observatory Analyst, you will play a crucial role in the Upper Air Observations (UAO) Team, managing operational delivery across multiple observation networks. Key responsibilities include:

  • Launching and monitoring radiosondes at Lerwick Observatory and other automated sites in the UK.
  • Recording and processing daily ozone readings, weekly ozonesonde flights, and additional environmental monitoring tasks.
  • Ensuring the performance of operational observing systems, taking corrective action when necessary.
  • Developing technical knowledge of observing systems, collaborating with the wider UAO team.
  • Updating documentation of processes and practices to optimize service delivery.
  • Supporting the Lerwick Station Manager in the routine running of the Observatory.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Aptitude for environmental measurements with a relevant qualification or technical experience.
  • Practical skills and physical ability to launch radiosondes in all weather conditions.
  • Proactive problem solver with the ability to analyze data systematically.
  • Team player with effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, organizing work independently to meet schedules.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of environmental observing systems and scientific principles.
  • Experience working in an operational environment, meeting deadlines and working to strict schedules.

How to Apply:

If you share our values, we encourage you to apply using your CV and a Cover Letter/Supporting Statement that demonstrates how you meet each essential criteria. We recommend using the CARL method (Context, Action, Result, and Learning) for presenting evidence of skills.

Closing Date: 11/02/2024 at 23:59 Interviews: Commencing from 26/02/2024

Please note that travel expenses to your normal place of work are not covered. This post is contractually aligned to Lerwick, and clarity on the frequency of this requirement can be discussed at the interview.

How We Can Help:

If you need support in applying, contact us via careers@metoffice.gov.uk. Adjustments can be requested within your application or by contacting us. The selection process may include exercises like presentations, written tests, or scenario-based activities.

We welcome applications from individuals with all protected characteristics as an equal opportunities employer. Eligibility to live and work in the UK is a requirement, and security clearance is necessary within the first 6 months, requiring at least 3 years of UK residency. Refer to GOV.UK for further information.

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