[ES_JOBS_NET] Associate Scientist III, WRF-Hydro Modeling, Boulder, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Thu May 28 06:08:11 MDT 2015
*Associate Scientist III*
*PLEASE NOTE:*This is a full time, one year term position (with
possibility of extension). Initial consideration will be given to
applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015.
Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
NCAR – Hydrometeorology Applications Program (HAP) at NCAR’s Research
Applications Laboratory (RAL)
Relocation Benefits not provided.
UCAR. NCAR will not sponsor a work visa to fill this position
*BASIC JOB FUNCTION:*Supports the development, application and
assessment of the community WRF-Hydro system for regional and
continental scale streamflow forecasting. Prepares land surface
hydrological and meteorological forcing data for ingest into to
operational hydrometeorological prediction models. Helps lead efforts to
benchmark the WRF-Hydro system in a variety of different test
configurations and study domains. Works closely and collaboratively with
partners from U.S. federal agencies, university researchers and
Obtains hydrometeorological datasets from operational federal and state
data providers. Conducts quality control testing of datasets to prepare
the data for ingest into the WRF-Hydro model (e.g., works to identify
gaps in data, flag anomalies, etc.).
Sets up and conducts streamflow forecasting benchmarking experiments in
a variety of different test configurations and study domains to evaluate
WRF-Hydro’s skill and computational efficiency in conducting streamflow
simulations and forecasts.
Develops new methods for downscaling weather and climate forecasts
through creation of new processing and analysis scripts for pre- and
post-processing geospatial and hydrometeorological data[md1] used in
Communicates research results through publication in peer-reviewed
journals, meeting proceedings, project websites, technical documentation
and presentations at scientific meetings.
*Education and Experience:*
Bachelor’s degree in hydrologic science, atmospheric sciences or closely
related disciplines; advanced degree in one of these fields is highly
*3-5 years’ experience, including the following:*
Well-developed experience in hydrological modeling and in hydrological
Demonstrated record of technical document preparation and communication
*Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*
Demonstrated expertise in hydrological modeling and hydrologic model
Demonstrated expertise in geospatial analysis.
Working knowledge of common hydrological and atmospheric data structures
and formats (e.g., netcdf, WaterML)
Demonstrated ability to make significant contributions to peer-reviewed
publications, reports and technical documentation.
Demonstrated ability to effectively work with experts from different
disciplinary fields both within NCAR, with our partner universities and
federal agencies (e.g., NOAA, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, USGS, NASA,
and Bureau of Reclamation).
Strong skills in written and oral communication of research results.
Demonstrated skill in the use of scientific programming languages such
as FORTRAN, R, NCL, C, and/or Python
Ability to work effectively on team of scientists and engineers.
Ability to prioritize, organize and follow through on tasks.
Ability to apply independent decision making and initiative within the
scope of assigned tasks
Ability to be flexible in handling high priority projects and competing
*Desired but not required:*
Familiarity with hydrological model calibration/optimization
methodologies and hydrologic data assimilation methodologies
Experience using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model
Experience in building and running hydrological models on
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal
opportunity employer . 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 status.
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