[ES_JOBS_NET] Scientific Programmer: Software Development for Climate Risk Management

Robert Nicholas ren10 at psu.edu
Tue Sep 22 09:31:27 MDT 2015

The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM 
<http://scrimhub.org>) seeks outstanding candidates for a scientific 
programmer working in the area of Software Development for Climate Risk 

Centered at Penn State and linking 18 universities and five research 
institutions in six nations, SCRiM addresses the question: What are 
sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, 
economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate-risk management 
strategies? SCRiM catalyzes fundamental, mission-oriented, and 
transdisciplinary research to characterize climate risks and trade-offs 
associated with risk management instruments such as mitigation, 
adaptation, and geoengineering. The network provides unique 
opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration, education, 
outreach, decision support, mentoring, and professional development.

The selected candidate will work with SCRiM project teams to develop 
modeling, analysis, visualization, decision support, and educational 
tools. Desired areas of expertise include models of Earth system 
components, geophysical data visualization, statistical analysis of 
large datasets, optimization techniques, and development of web-based 
graphical user interfaces. The primary common language used within SCRiM 
is R but experience with additional languages such as Fortran, C/C++, 
Julia, Matlab, NCL, and/or Python would also be highly desirable. 
Initial projects may include (but are not limited to) development of a 
graphical user interface for a simple integrated assessment model, 
development of a data visualization portal for downscaled climate data, 
and coupling of model components (originally developed for different 
disciplinary domains) for multi-objective trade-off analyses in a 
high-performance computational environment.

This position is available immediately and will remain open until 
filled. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year, with 
excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. The 
salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, and will 
comply with Penn State University guidelines. Successful completion of a 
background check is required prior to employment.

This opportunity is available either as a Scientific Programmer / 
Research Assistant position (B.S. required, master's degree or Ph.D. 
preferred) or as a Postdoctoral Research Associate position (Ph.D. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Nicholas 
(rob.nicholas at psu.edu <mailto:rob.nicholas at psu.edu>). To apply, visit 

Robert Nicholas, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management 
(SCRiM <http://scrimhub.org>)
Research Associate, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (EESI 
The Pennsylvania State University

post: 2217 EES Building, University Park, PA 16802
email: rob.nicholas at psu.edu <mailto:rob.nicholas at psu.edu>
voice: +1 (814) 865-4484 <tel:%2B1%20%28814%29%20865-4484>
web: http://www.eesi.psu.edu/~ren10/ <http://www.eesi.psu.edu/%7Eren10/>
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