[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Scientist, Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), UCAR Community Programs (UCP) – Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP), Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 25 05:26:13 MDT 2016


Research Scientist

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Job Description

    *Research Scientist*

    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a full-time position.  Initial consideration
    will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on August
    28^th 2016, or until a sufficient number of applications have been
    received.  Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed

    UCAR Community Programs (UCP) – Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP)

    No relocation package is offered for this position.

    UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.



    This position is under the Joint Center for Satellite Data
    Assimilation (JCSDA) and provides partial support for the Joint
    Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) project.   This JEDI
    is an inter-agency plan aimed at developing a unified community Data
    Assimilation (DA) system for research and operations.

    The core aspect of this position will be to modularize, standardize,
    and mutualize data assimilation code across the partners of the
    JCSDA. These partners are NASA/GMAO, NOAA/NWS, NOAA/NESDIS,
    NOAA/OAR, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Oceanographer of the
    Navy, and the US Air Force 557th Weather Wing. The expected benefit
    is the increased ability to directly share and reuse software
    developed or tested by the community of partners. This will result
    in reduced overlap in development work, facilitate transition from
    research to operational implementation, which is expected to
    optimize and accelerate the assimilation of new observations and in
    particular new satellite data. Spearheading such an ambitious
    collaborative project is consistent with the mission of the JCSDA,
    uniquely situated at the crossroad of these key organizations.



      * Provide leadership in collaboration with senior management for
        the design and development of the overall JEDI system, including
        the observation operator, solver and data base components.
        Provides significant planning with initial focus on the
        development of observation operations and the observational
      * Supervise the work from other team members. Responsible for
        quarterly reports to the JCSDA and daily interaction with
        government scientists and contractors, and other members of the
        JEDI project. Acts as an advisor to senior management, develops
        proposals, and serves as a Principal Investigator or Co-PI.
      * Authors scientific reports/resource publications, and attends
        and/or presents at national and international scientific



    *Education and Experience:*

      * Ph.D. in a relevant science, and at least ten years of
        experience in the scientific field of specialization; or an
        equivalent combination of education and experience.

    *Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

      * Expert programming skills (particularly FORTRAN).
      * Ability to work as a part of a larger group using a code
        management environment (e.g., subversion, GIT, etc.)
      * Expert knowledge in data assimilation and familiarity with
        relational databases.
      * Excellent interpersonal skills along with excellent oral and
        written communication skills with an emphasis in technical
      * Expert skills in planning and managing project goals and objectives.
      * Demonstrated skill in conducting high-quality, independent and
        collaborative scientific research (as evidenced by publications
        in refereed scientific journals).
      * Demonstrated skill in writing scientific papers and in making
        oral presentations.
      * Proven ability to establish and maintain professional
        relationships within and outside the organization.
      * Experience in writing successful research proposals to a variety
        of potential funding sources.

    *Decision Making and Problem Solving:*

      * In consultation with peers, develop innovative and ingenious
        solutions to very complex technical problems.

    *Additional Requirements:*

      * Candidate must have a record of regular publications and must
        have received some level of national recognition.

    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
    equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that
    strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is
    committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and
    applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of
    race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex,
    gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual
    orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

    Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the
    University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are
    committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that
    values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location
    Boulder, Colorado, United States
Position Type

Appointment Type
Regular, Full-Time (R1
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