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Job Number: 42083
Department: Hong Kong Observatory 
Job Title: Scientific Officer 
Salary: Master Pay Scale Point 27 ($53,195) to Master Pay Scale Point 44 ($105,175) per month 
Entry Requirements: Candidates should have (a) a first or second class honours Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Mathematics, Meteorology, Nuclear Science or an appropriate science subject from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent; and (b)(i) at least two years’ post-graduate working experience in meteorology; or (ii) a Master degree in Physics, Mathematics, Meteorology, Nuclear Science, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronic Engineering or an appropriate science subject from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent; and (c)have met the language proficiency requirements of ‘Level 1’ result (Note 1) in the two language papers (Use of Chinese (Note 2) and Use of English (Note 2 and 3)) in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE), or equivalent. 
Note: (1) Candidates’ results in Aptitude Test (AT) paper in CRE are classified as pass or fail, while the results of Use of Chinese (UC) and the Use of English (UE) papers in the CRE are classified as ‘Level 2’, ‘Level 1’ or ‘Fail’, with ‘Level 2’ being the highest.

(2) For civil service appointment purpose, Level 5 or above in Chinese Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); or Grade C or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE. Level 4 in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade D in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE, are accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UC paper of the CRE.

Level 5 or above in English Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade C or above in Use of English of the HKALE; or Grade C or above in English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A Level), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE. Level 4 in English Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade D in Use of English of the HKALE; or Grade D in English Language of the GCE A Level, are accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UE paper of the CRE.

(3) Applicants with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the two-year validity period of the test result are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE Paper of the CRE. The IELTS test result must be valid on any date during the application period.

(4) For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the Basic Law (BL) and promoting a culture of learning of BL in the community, applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their BL knowledge. The BL test result will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate’s overall assessment.

(5) Candidates should state clearly in their applications, their academic qualifications and their results in the Use of Chinese paper and Use of English paper in the CRE. Applications which did not provide all information as requested or which are not clear that the candidates have met the entry requirements will not be considered. 
Duties: A Scientific Officer is mainly deployed on (a) performing weather forecasting duties; and (b) supervising and training staff and carrying out research in connection with the provision of services in areas including weather, climate, seismology, radioactivity, hydrometeorology, physical oceanography, aviation meteorology, marine meteorology and applied meteorology. A scientific officer may be required to attend training courses locally. He/She may also be sent on an overseas course in meteorology and/or other relevant subjects. He/She may be required to work outdoors, shifts, outside normal office hours, or in adverse weather condition. 
Terms of Appointment: A new appointee will normally be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years. Upon passage of probationary bar, he/she may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms. 
General Notes: (a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) The information on the maximum pay point is for reference only and may be subject to changes.
(f) Fringe benefits include paid leave, medical and dental benefits, and where appropriate, assistance in housing.
(g) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the written examination / interview.
(h) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the recruitment examination/interview without being subject to further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(i) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the below enquiry address. Candidates who apply online should mark “For application of Scientific Officer” on the envelope and quote the online application number on the copies of every page of supporting documents.
(j) Towards the application deadline, our on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible. 
How to apply: Application Forms (G.F. 340 [(Rev. 3/2013)]) are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk).
Applications submitted in person or by post should reach the below enquiry address on or before 6 September 2019. Please specify the title of the post being applied for on the envelope. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
For qualifications awarded by local institutions / Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, copies of the relevant transcripts / diplomas / certificates / other qualification documents are not required to be submitted at this stage of application. As for qualifications obtained from institutions outside Hong Kong, copies of the relevant transcripts/diplomas/certificates or other qualification documents should be submitted together with the completed application forms. For applicants who apply on-line, they should submit copies of the required supporting documents by post to the above contact address on or before 13 September 2019. The on-line application number should be quoted on the envelope and copies of the supporting documents. If candidates fail to provide the supporting documents as required, their applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) in about eight to ten weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful. 
Enquiry Address: Personnel Registry, Hong Kong Observatory, 134A Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon 
Enquiry Telephone: 2926 8205 
Closing Date(dd/mm/yyyy): 06/09/2019 23:59:00 
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s): South China Morning Post (17.8.2019 & 24.8.2019)
Ming Pao Daily (16.8.2019) 
Web Site of Department: http://www.hko.gov.hk
Application via Internet: Online GF340 
Advertising Date 16/08/2019