Research Scientist - Data Scientist

Besides MetService being New Zealandís National Meteorological Service, itís 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 Forecasting Research and Development (FR&D) team for someone enthusiastic about machine/deep learning (ML/DL) and statistical analysis.

If you are excited about participating in the meteorological application of statistical and machine/deep learning methods, 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 of probabilistic statistical forecasting techniques and/or ML/DL
  • 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, Julia) and experience in ML/DL libraries (e.g., Scikit-Learn, Flux.jl, TensorFlow)
  • The ability to communicate technical ideas to non-scientific audiences

Also, having experience with dynamical atmospheric modelling (e.g., WRF), meteorological observation, and climatological data sets 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 everyoneís unique skills and qualities. If you are not in 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, 13 April 2021

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published: 25 March 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.