[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist I: Physics for Global NWP, NCAR, Boulder, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Fri Jun 26 11:08:10 MDT 2015
Project Scientist I: Physics for Global NWP
*PLEASE NOTE: *This is a new full-time position. Initial
consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00
pm on Friday July 17, 2015. Thereafter, applications will be
reviewed on an as-needed basis.
NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) – Joint Numerical
Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy
UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position
*BASIC JOB FUNCTION: *The incumbent will participate in activities
in support of the Developmental Testbed Center’s (DTC) new Global
Model Test Bed component. These activities include: (a) development
of a Common Community Physics Package (CCPP) initially based on the
Global Forecast System (GFS) physics, (b) development of a Physics
Testbed that will provide a common methods and infrastructure for
testing, evaluation, and diagnostic studies of the CCPP, (c)
conducting testing and evaluation of new physics parameterization
innovations in collaboration with our partners to support the
transition of new developments to operations, and (d) community
support for the CCPP, the Physics Testbed, and an Inter-operable
Physics Driver. Here the “community” includes developers of global
model dynamical cores and physics schemes.
*DUTIES INCLUDE: *Collaborates with NCAR-RAL scientists and
engineers, DTC partners, and the operational and research community
to produce improved physics parameterizations for a broad range of
Numerical Weather Predication (NWP) applications. This work will
* Leads the NCAR efforts toward development of a Common Community
Physics Package (CCPP) that will provide a framework for the
broad community to contribute to the development of NOAA’s Next
Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS).
* Leads the NCAR efforts toward development of a Physics Testbed,
which will provide a framework for the DTC and broader community
to perform testing and evaluation, as well as diagnostics on
current operational physics suites and innovations from the
* Evaluate performance of physics parameterization suites using
conventional and innovative methods.
* Identify errors or inconsistencies in physics parameterizations
for operational forecasting applications and craft and implement
Collaborates with the research community and DTC partners to
implement new developments in community code repositories.
Contributes to the community support of the Common Community Physics
Package and Interoperable Physics Driver by answering questions,
participating in tutorial preparations and creating and/or updating
Publishes results in peer-reviewed technical journals, and presents
results at technical meetings and conferences. Prepares summary
reports as needed.
Assists in managing projects, interacting with sponsors as needed,
and developing and applying innovative methods for the primary work
areas described above.
Education and Experience:
* Ph.D. in atmospheric science or a physical science,
* or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Post-doctoral experience is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
* Advanced knowledge of mesoscale weather processes and NWP modeling.
* Advanced knowledge of, and experience in, physics
parameterization for NWP models.
* Skill in analyzing numerical model output and verification
* Skill in using Unix and Linux computing environments.
* Skill in programming (Fortran-90 or later preferred) and
scripting languages (Unix/Linux shell scripts, Python, etc), and
graphical display programs such as NCL, Matlab, and/or IDL.
* Ability to set research direction independently or with senior
scientists, and to quickly alter the research path when appropriate.
* Skill in performing tasks requiring organization and attention
* Initiative to work on complex problems and solve problems
* Ability to prioritize, organize, and follow through on tasks to
meet project goals.
* Ability to apply independent decision-making and initiative
within the scope of assigned tasks, with self-directed
development of work goals.
* Skill in communicating effectively in English with scientists of
diverse backgrounds, software engineers, and project funding
agencies on technical details.
* Skill in presenting scientific results in both oral and written
Desired but not required:
* Experience with complex atmospheric model such as the Weather
Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, the Nonhydrostatic
Mesoscale Model on a B grid (NMMB), the Global Forecasting
System (GFS), and/or the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS).
* Experience with high-performance computing.
* Familiarity with operational NWP and forecasting environment.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
*equal opportunity employer*
evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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