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High Resolution Numerical Weather Prediction Officer

Website Bureau of Meteorology

Ref: 10406
Closing date: 4 April 2019

  • Executive Level 1 (Senior Professional Officer Grade C), $95,800- $107,909 per annum, plus an additional 15.4% superannuation

  • Ongoing

  • National Forecast Services – Docklands, 3008. Other locations may be negotiated based on the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

We are looking for experienced Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) system experts to join the Bureau National Operational Centre (NOC) with a focus on developing, supporting and improving NWP systems, including evaluation of model performance, product design and implementation for operational service.

As part of the NWP Section in NOC, the officer will be responsible for implementing and operating improved Australian Community Climate and Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS) NWP systems, with focus on high resolution limited area Deterministic and Ensemble Prediction Systems. To be successful, the applicant will demonstrate a solid background in numerical weather prediction, excellent ability in problem solving and strategic planning, effective communication skills. You will also have advanced scientific programming skills, preferably in the HPC environment.

The Bureau National Operational Centre (NOC) serves as the national operations centre for Australia’s national weather service, providing centralised guidance products and services to the Bureau’s Regional Offices and external clients. The main functions of the Numerical Weather Prediction Section are to, together with colleagues in Science and Innovation Group, Data and Digital Group, design, implement, test and maintain the suite of operational numerical weather prediction (NWP) computer models and develop systems for the effective use of model output in Bureau operations and for external users.

The EL1 officer, under limited direction, is responsible for designing, developing and implementing computer-based systems aimed at improving the meteorological analysis and prognosis operations of NOC. In addition, the officer contributes to the maintenance and ongoing evaluation, monitoring and support of the systems.

Current operational systems supported by the Bureau include:

  • Global, regional and mesoscale atmospheric analysis and prediction;
  • Point and grid-based weather forecasts based on numerical weather prediction;
  • Aviation route forecasts;
  • Data monitoring;
  • Atmospheric transport and dispersion systems;
  • Rainfall analysis and verification;

Most of these systems run in the Bureau’s super-computing facility.

Members of the team work closely with shift working staff in maintaining real-time operations. In an emergency this can require out-of-hours consultations. The officer will have highly developed professional skills, and will be experienced in working collaboratively in teams, as well as taking responsibility for critically important operational work. Specifically, the officer will have teamwork and leadership skills appropriate to the EL1 level in the Australian Government Public Service’s Integrated Leadership System.

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