Research Scientist

Besides being New Zealand’s National Meteorological Service, MetService is a successful global weather company. MetService is a technology-based organisation employing about 300 staff and headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand's meteorological challenges are unique. Our lovely island country is narrow and mountainous, situated approximately half-way between the Equator and the South Pole. A lot of the time, New Zealand's weather results from the passage of mid-latitude weather systems. The rugged terrain influences the atmospheric flow; there can be large west-east differences in rainfall, temperature, etc., over short distances; likewise, the hills hugely influence the winds. In the summer months, cyclones from the South Pacific tropics can pass close by. And in the winter, we occasionally experience polar outbreaks. As far as the weather is concerned, there is never a dull moment.

We have a great opportunity in our Forecast Research and Development team for someone enthusiastic about numerical prediction and weather forecasting with a focus on data assimilation and now casting techniques.

If you are excited about being involved in prototyping and testing state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction systems, and the development of operational systems, then this might be you.

We are seeking a Research Scientist having:

  • An honours degree or above in mathematics or physics (postgraduate qualifications preferred)
  • Knowledge and experience with dynamical atmospheric modelling and meteorological data assimilation technology (e.g., 3DVar and Hybrid DA)
  • Experience with meteorological observation quality control and/or nowcasting technology
  • Familiarity with Linux, Amazon Web Services, high-performance computing; or, other experience with running operational forecasting systems
  • Solid software development skills (e.g. in Python, Fortran)
  • The ability to communicate technical ideas to non-scientific audiences

Also, having knowledge of machine/deep learning, statistical analysis, and downscaling techniques would be an advantage.

Why join us? Aside from arguably the best views in Wellington from the top of the Botanic Garden, we enjoy achieving, we appreciate creativity and we recognise everyone’s unique skills and qualities. If you are not keen to work from Wellington, there is option to work from home. The Forecast Research and Development team is a diverse group of scientists. We all multi-task, supporting a range of activities from implementation of an idea in prototypes, to high-quality software development of operational applications, to agile support of customer requests and support of operations. We look forward to hearing from you!

If this role sounds like you, please click "Apply Now" to submit your application including CV and cover letter.

Please note:

Applications close: Tuesday, 27 April 2021

If any queries, contact recruitment at

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31 Mar 2021
Work Type:
Permanent - full time
North Island