[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Associate IV (Statistical Postprocessing Meteorologist/Developer), Colorado State University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Aug 5 05:46:38 MDT 2015


    Research Associate IV (Statistical Postprocessing

Working Title 	Research Associate IV (Statistical Postprocessing 
Meteorologist/Developer) 15-126
Posting Number 	201500438AP
Position Type 	Admin Professional/Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 	
Work Hours/Week 	40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 	$92,000 - $120,000
Desired Start Date 	
Position End Date (if temporary) 	
Open Posting Date 	
Open Until Filled 	Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm 
(MT) on 	08/23/2015
Description of Work Unit 	

CIRAis a cooperative institute that is also a research department within 
CSU’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of 
Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research 
in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the 
meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and 
computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and 
applied research, leveraging both national and international resources 
and partnerships, and assistingNOAA, Colorado State University, the 
State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our 
research to areas of societal benefit.

Position Summary 	

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at 
Colorado State University seeks to fill a professional scientific 
position to perform full-time collaborative research with the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located at the National 
Weather Service (NWS)/ Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) in 
Silver Spring, Maryland. Office will be in Silver Spring, MD; however 
the option exists to work remotely from home/office with periodic travel 
to attend coordination meetings in Silver Spring, Maryland.

CIRAand theNWS/MDLhave engaged in a number of successful collaborations 
in Advanced Weather Information Processing System, version two (AWIPSII) 
and the Virtual Laboratory (VLab). These interactions have been directed 
by MDL’s Decision Assistance Branch (DAB).CIRAandMDLnow plan to build on 
this groundwork and work together on MDL’s primary competency – 
statistical postprocessing of the output from Numerical Weather 
Prediction (NWP) models. A new project has been funded to move forward 
with this collaboration and is known as the Weather Information 
Statistical Postprocessing System (WISPS).

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of statistical 
postprocessing and MDL’s signature technique, Model Output Statistics 
(MOS), to modern meteorology. The most recent version of this 
software,MOS-2000, is an impressive software system by many benchmarks. 
Its limitations, however, have become problematic, and theNWSneeds to 
invest in a replacement system. TheWISPSProject is a 3-year effort to 
develop the framework that will take the inaugural version ofWISPSto 
Technical Readiness Level 9, such as operational implementation on 
NOAA’s Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System, (WCOSS) 
for some portion of the NWS’s statistical postprocessing mission. The 
project will emphasize suitability for supercomputer operations, 
multiple statistical postprocessing methods, data formats that are 
self-describing and embrace widely-accepted standards, and software 
systems that are flexible, extendible, and shareable.

Required Job Qualifications 	

- Bachelor’s degree or higher in Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, or 
related physical science;
- Demonstrated experience working with Model Output Statistics 
technique, or other statistical techniques used in objective 
interpretation of numerical weather prediction (NWP) output;
- Knowledge of and/or experience working with and leading a scientific 
software development team;
- Demonstrated experience in the design and development of scientific 
computer programs;
- Knowledge, skill, and/or experience in data modeling and the 
management of large scientific datasets.

Preferred Job Qualifications 	

- Experience post-processingNWPoutput;
- Experience coordinating projects or research between multiple groups 
or agencies;
- Experience with Linux/Unix systems;
- Knowledge, skill, and/or experience in standard meteorological data 
- Knowledge, skill, and/or experience in community source software 
- Knowledge, skill, and/or experience in Fortran, C, C++, and other 
programming languages that are commonly used in parallel computing and 
operational supercomputing systems;
- The ability to handle multiple tasks and meet project deadlines, 
communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and a willingness 
to learn new skills for professional growth within the position;
- Experience coordinating projects or research between multiple groups 
or agencies;
- Knowledge of operational meteorology,NWSoperations, andNWSusers and 

Diversity Statement 	

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are 
expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to 
diversity and inclusion.

Quick Link For Posting 	http://jobs.colostate.edu:80/postings/16872 

      Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category 	software development

- investigate useful pre-existing technologies (e.g., NetCDF, HDF5, 
GitHub,NWSVLab, software libraries) that will support the development 
- develop the software to support the operational needs of theNWS;
- mature and migrate the initialWISPScapability intoNWSoperations.

Percentage Of Time 	50

Job Duty Category 	research leadership

- provide leadership, direction, and technical expertise in identifying 
and documentingWISPSrequirements;
- provide leadership, direction, and expertise to prototype data storage 
technologies and data modeling strategies that will form the foundation 

Percentage Of Time 	50

      Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants 	
Conditions of Employment 	Pre-employment Criminal Background Check 
(required for new hires)
Search Contact 	Holli Knutson, holli.knutson at colostate.edu
EEO Statement 	

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that 
is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, 
color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, 
veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity 
or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal 
opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to 
achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado 
State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding 
non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal 
Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement 	

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, 
and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. 
To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and 
regulations,CSUconducts background checks. The type of background check 
conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, 
criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor 
vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. 
Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and 
when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent 
to do so.

    Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

 1. *Will you have a Bachelor's Degree by August 2015?
      * yes
      * no
 2. *Is your Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, or
    a related Physical Science?
      * yes
      * no

    Applicant Documents

*Required Documents*

 1. Resume
 2. Cover Letter

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