[ES_JOBS_NET] CIRES/NOAA Professional Research Assistant (HMT Project Facilitator), College Park, MD

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue Aug 23 05:30:39 MDT 2016


*CIRES/NOAA Professional Research Assistant (HMT Project Facilitator)*

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) 
at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Professional Research 
Assistant to provide project managment, scientific and meteorological 
expertise, and technical support for the NOAA Hydrometeorological 
Testbed (HMT), which is jointly organized by the NWS/Weather Prediction 
Center (WPC) and the OAR/Earth SystemsResearch Laboratory (ESRL).*_The 
position will be based at the WPC in College Park, MD_,*within the NOAA 
Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP). The NCWCP is a highly 
collaborative environment containing several NOAA organizations, 
including the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) and Climate Prediction 
Center (CPC). The incumbent will interact with HMT staff, NOAA 
scientists and forecasters, and externally funded researchers to 
facilitate the transition of new science to NWS forecast operations for 
hazardous weather.

The principal duties of this position are:

1. Serve as the HMT Project Facilitator to coordinate effective 
execution of externally funded projects in a manner that complements 
existing HMT test and evaluation activities;

a.Coordinate with project Principal Investigators (PIs), HMT staff, and 
WPC/NWS forecasters to ensure timelines andtest metrics (including 
objective and subjective) for successful outcomes are followed, and that 
proper documentation, training, and instructions are developed for the 
tools and products associated with each project;

b.Manage collaborative processes through identification of HMT technical 
and operational focal points within WPC and ESRL as appropriate, to form 
effective working groups for each funded project and to determine 
optimal periods to incorporate projects into HMT test and evaluation 

c.Coordinate project access to HMT IT infrastructure (hardware/software, 
networking, data flow, etc.) to facilitate test and evaluation 
activities while ensuring compliance with NOAA and NWS IT security 
requirements; provide technical expertise and support to enable project 
testing and evaluation;

d.Provide oversight for submission of semi-annual progress reports and 
final reports at project conclusion; assist in the assessment of project 
reviews including levels of demonstrated progress; provide input on 
possible project modifications, recommendations for continued funding 
for multi-year projects, and potential for operational implementation of 
new tools and products.

2.Assist with the planning, coordination, and execution of 
internally-led (WPC, ESRL) HMT experiments and projects to ensure 
successful, effective, and compatible testing and evaluation activities;

3.Perform independent, operationally relevant research and/or 
development inspired by and consistent with the goals of the HMT and WPC;

4. As needed, represent the HMT effort by contributing to formal 
scientific publications, and/or attending off-site conferences, symposia 
and hazardous-weather-related outreach events;

5. As appropriate, develop synergy and shared accomplishments with other 
NOAA Testbeds.

6. Perform related duties as assigned.


*The minimum qualifications:*

AMaster’s orPhD Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related 
area and at least one year experience in operational meteorology or 
applied research; additional post-graduate education may be substituted 
for experience.Preference will be given to applicants with a background 
of working in NOAA Testbeds.

Emphasis will be placed on applicants with considerable experience in 
ensemble prediction systems including operational medium range 
forecasts, and their application to hazardous weather diagnosis and 
prediction, and creation/dissemination of probabilistic hazard information.

Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired and a 
strong ability to work in a collaborative team environment is needed for 
the position. Please describe experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating 
systems, software skills including programming and scripting languages, 
web page development, graphic design or illustration, and AWIPS2/N-AWIPS 

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular 
hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments or workshops 
conducted at remote sites. Incumbent will receive training and gain 
expertise in warning and forecasting decision-making.

The new hire will be employed by CIRES with technical oversight provided 
by WPC management. The incumbent works under general supervision but is 
expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in 
handling all but unusual situations.This is a non-supervisory position, 
although the incumbent is expected to serve as a leader of scientific or 
technical experiments, groups, or teams; therefore strong teamwork and 
leadership skills are necessary.

Please contact Mr. James Nelson (james.a.nelson at noaa.gov 
<mailto:james.a.nelson at noaa.gov>)at NOAA for further information.

The position will be based at the WPC in College Park, MD

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder 
conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for 
employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of 
Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive 
learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct 
background investigations for all final applicants being considered for 
employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record 
check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration 
Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment 
eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third 
day of work.The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and 
affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly 
trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in 
furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes 
and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate 
on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex 
(including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual 
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, 
political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or 
activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. 
Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by 
calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities 
Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for 
individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at 
adacoordinator at colorado.edu.Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, 
Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial 
transcript(s)Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete 
the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload 
the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 3 – The 
document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows 
the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter 
from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the 
degree; 4 – A Letter of Recommendation This position is eligible for 
medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is 
eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

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