[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist, NCAR – Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) – Terrestrial Sciences, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sun Feb 14 14:23:03 MST 2016

Project Scientist I


Job Description

    *Project Scientist I*


    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a full-time, 2-year term position with
    possibility of extension.  Initial consideration will be given to
    applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on  February 18, 2016. 
    Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    NCAR – Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) – Terrestrial Sciences

    Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy

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




    This position is funded by the Dept. of Energy Next Generation
    Ecosystem Experiment in the Tropics (NGEE-T) project
    (http://esd.lbl.gov/ngee-tropics/), and will focus on constraining
    simulation models of vegetation dynamics in tropical forest
    ecosystems.  The project will have two principle scientific foci. 1)
    Fire-vegetation interactions and the testing and refinement of a
    coupled model of ecosystem demography (ED) and fire spread and
    intensity, in the context of tropical fire manipulation experiments
    and 2) Analyzing the predictions of community composition of new
    plant hydraulics–enabled NGEE-T demography model at targeted field
    stations in Panama and Brazil.

    The project includes critical evaluation of model output against
    data, modification of model code to enhance process representation
    of identified deficient processes, the scientific analysis of
    results, the maintenance and further development of post-processing
    tools, and the publication of papers.  The NGEE-T model is developed
    as a collaborative tool to be used across land surface modeling
    schemes, including the Community Land Model (CLM). This position
    will have an active role in the CLM community and the model
    development team within the Terrestrial Sciences Section at NCAR.

    The position will involve close collaboration with project partners
    across the NGEE-tropics consortium (lead by Lawrence Berkeley
    National Laboratory) and occasional travel to field stations in the

    please contact Rosie Fisher (rfisher at ucar.edu
    <mailto:rfisher at ucar.edu>) if you have any further questions



      * Conducts independent and collaborative research on the role of
        fire-vegetation interactions and plant water relations. Enhances
        the Community Land Model to accomplish specific research goals
        and designs, performs, and analyses model simulations. Works
        collaboratively with scientific teams at NCAR, across the NGEE-T
        consortium, and external collaborators and universities to
        accomplish research tasks.
      * Disseminates scientific results through presentations at
        scientific meetings, publishing in refereed scientific
        literature, and preparing progress reports.
      * Interacts with the greater CESM/CLM and university communities,
        by promoting and facilitating access to CESM/CLM models,
        diagnostics tools and results from the project.
      * The above statements describe the primary work being performed. 
        Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time.



    *Education and Experience:*

      * Ph.D. or equivalent in, earth system science, environmental
        science, terrestrial ecology, or a related field.
      * Experience of, or clear, demonstrable, willingness to learn,
        land surface model development, Fortran(90) programming, model
        analysis and translation of ecological theory into simulation.
      * Demonstrated experience in writing for scientific peer reviewed

    *Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

      * Expert knowledge of plant physiology and ecosystem processes.
      * Knowledge of the physical and biological basis of land surface
      * Experience in one or more of, tropical ecology, fire science,
        ecosystem field studies, land surface modeling, ecosystem
        modeling, and plant ecology theory.
      * Skill in the use of graphical analysis tools for large datasets
        (e.g., NCL, IDL, MatLAB, R).
      * Skill in the use of UNIX operating system and its variants.
      * Ability to understand and modify code in Fortran90.
      * Strong skills in verbal and written communication of scientific
      * Strong interpersonal skills, relevant to working in a large
        collaborative project.
      * Ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinates multiple tasks.

    *Decision Making and Problem Solving:*

      * Develops tasks to achieve project related objectives and sets
        day-to-day priorities, within general guidelines, in
        consultation with collaborators.
      * Solves difficult research problems with well-developed
        strategies and general guidance by supervisor and other
      * Independently reviews literature to aid in solving research
        questions by incorporating relevant new ideas, techniques, and
        recent developments.
      * Collaborates with other project members to identify research
      * Reaches out independently to external collaborators
      * Makes independent decisions to design sensitivity experiments
        and to devise diagnostic and statistical techniques / tools to
        evaluate model simulations. Analyzes model output to make
        logical conclusions and recommendations based on simulations.
      * Independently decides on most effective research strategies and
        on most effective ways to articulate scientific results.

    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

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