[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist I: Physics for Global NWP, NCAR, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Jun 26 11:08:10 MDT 2015



Project Scientist I: Physics for Global NWP

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Job Description

    *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
    Testbed (JNT)

    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
        research community.
      * 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
        solutions independently.

    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
        to detail.
      * 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*
    <http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf>. We
    evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
    religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
    sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran

Job Location
    Boulder, Colorado, United States 
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