Climate Science Communicator

Met Office
United Kingdom
£26,010 per annum
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary Information

Scientist - £26,010 plus allowances for London living.
Senior Scientist - £30,529 plus allowances for London living.

Plus competitive benefits:
• 27.5 days annual leave + bank holidays (rising to 32.5 days)
• One of the most generous occupational pension schemes on the market
• Corporate Performance Pay available for all permanent employees
• Onsite Gym, open 24/7
• Genuine career development – we even have an onsite college for training
• Flexible working is available to promote work/life balance
• Free car park, excellent access to public transport and a cycle to work scheme

This role is expected to run until 31st March 2021, but could become permanent. It will be based mainly at the offices of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET.


The Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) is a world leader in climate research, delivering policy relevant climate science and services to Government and other stakeholders.

Its Knowledge Integration team plays a central role in delivering science to government, helping to ensure that:
1. Outputs from the MOHC are delivered on time and meets the needs of government;
2. Research is communicated in the most effective manner to maximise its impact;
3. We can respond rapidly to address new and emerging questions on climate science issues.

A key part of the Knowledge Integration team’s work is to deliver the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme to BEIS and Defra. As part of that programme, we provide a secondee who works full time in London for those departments – currently working four days a week for BEIS and one day a week for Defra.

Job Purpose

The primary role of this post will be to work within the BEIS and Defra departments to help delivery of the MOHC Climate Programme. This will involve helping to ensure the science coming out of the programme is visible and useful to all potential end-users, as well as gathering feedback on how the science is used and where improvements in its communication can be made. There will also be a wide range of work within the respective government departments related to maximising the value of MOHC climate science.

Job Responsibilities

• Act as an intermediary between the Met Office Hadley Centre and our government stakeholders – helping to build relationships and ensure we are maximising the profile of our science.
• Provide a wide range of scientific advice to BEIS and Defra on climate science issues, focussed on the outputs of the Hadley Centre Climate Programme. This could involve writing briefings for government ministers about climate stories in the media, performing data analysis on future carbon budgets for Parliamentary Questions, or giving seminars on climate science to non-specialist audiences.
• Attend high-profile meetings in Westminster to represent the Met Office.
• Learn about how policy-makers gather and use scientific evidence and how Met Office research informs the UK government.
• Contribute technical advice to climate-related government policy work, such as the UK National Adaptation Programme or the UNFCCC negotiations.
• Provide media lines to the government on climate science issues.
• Organise high profile seminars for Met Office scientists to present their work to policymakers.
• Support the Met Office in providing climate services to government.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. A degree in a science-based subject.
2. A thorough knowledge of climate science.
3. Understanding of the current issues and challenges of climate science communication.
4. Evidence of good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to analyse and distil complex information for a given target audience.
5. Experience of building good working relationships with a wide range of people.
6. Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. An understanding of the government policy environment would be an advantage.
2. Knowledge of the work of both BEIS and Defra.

Additional Supplementary Information

Whilst this temporary post is for 2 years, there is the potential for it to develop into a permanent position.

Key Dates: Closing date 15/10/2017 with interviews expected 01/11/2017. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

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 criteria.

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.


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