[ES_JOBS_NET] post-doctoral researcher, data assimilation, Univ. of Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Jul 14 06:36:56 MDT 2014

*CIRES/SWPC Research Associate ("post-doctoral researcher")*
University of Colorado-Boulder, CO
Posting Description

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the 
University of Colorado Boulder seeks applications for a Research 
Associate ("post-doctoral researcher"), in the field of whole atmosphere 
and/or ionosphere data assimilation, with a start date of September 1, 
2014 (negotiable). This position will be located in the NOAA -Space 
Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO.

The researcher position is initially for one year, and may be extended 
for up to 3 years, contingent upon performance, and is expected to be in 
support of a 3-year project in close collaboration with the NOAA - NCEP 
, University of Maryland, and UCAR - COSMIC . Applications will be 
considered immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

*Project Synopsis:*
The Space-Atmosphere Interaction Region ( SAIR ), encompassing the 
mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere, is an intersection between 
geospace and the Earth's atmosphere, and is exposed to vacillating 
conditions of both space and terrestrial weather. Recent observational 
and modeling studies have revealed clear reaches of terrestrial weather 
far beyond the Mesosphere Lower Thermosphere ( MLT ) region into the 
topside ionosphere. At the same time, the region lends itself to forcing 
originating from the Sun and solar-wind magnetosphere interactions. The 
predictability of the SAIR is a fundamental question in Heliophysics, 
and calls for a paradigm shift from a deterministic to a probabilistic 
modeling framework. To meet with this contemporary modeling and 
simulation challenge, we will systematically compare and combine 
ensemble simulations of a comprehensive whole atmosphere model, coupled 
with an ionosphere and plasmasphere model called the Integrated Dynamics 
in Earth's Atmosphere ( IDEA ) with global Earth and geospace 
observations. Building on the National Weather Service's operational 
ensemble forecasting and data assimilation systems as well as our 
earlier efforts, we will construct an ensemble forecasting and data 
assimilation system that will ultimately be capable of assimilating 
observations from the ground to the SAIR .

Minimum Qualifications


Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences, space 
physics, engineering, or a closely related field.

Previous experience with data assimilation, large-scale computational 
physics and statistics, and handling of ionospheric observations is 

Strong communication skills and the ability to work both independently 
and collaboratively are essential.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities

Desired Qualifications

Special instructions to applicants

Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data 
(application) form, and upload the following required documents:

1-Cover letter


3- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial 

4- List of three professional references with all contact information, 
from whom an official written letter of recommendation will be requested 
by the hiring unit at the appropriate time during the search.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to 
building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, 
racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and 
veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request 
for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at 
hr-ada at colorado.edu.

The University of Colorado at Boulder conducts background checks for all 
applicants being considered for employment.

The position will be filled as a Research Associate at the University of 
Colorado Boulder and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 
22 days of vacation (for a 100% position) per year. You must use 
www.jobsatcu.com to formally apply for this position.

For more information, contact Tomoko Matsuo (tomoko.matsuo at colorado.edu)


Job posting contact
Karen Dempsey

Job posting contact telephone

Job posting contact email
jobs at cires.colorado.edu

Job Posting Number

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