[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist , atmospheric modeling, NCAR, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Jan 6 06:42:03 MST 2016


    *Project Scientist I*

    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a new full-time position.  Initial
    consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00
    p.m. on January 18, 2016.  Thereafter, applications will be reviewed
    on an as-needed basis.

    NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) – NASP – National
    Security Applications Program

    Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy

    UCAR will not sponsor a work visa to fill this position




    This is a new, regular-full-time, position at the Project Scientist
    I level. The candidate will work on a variety of projects in a
    team-oriented environment, spanning modeling applications from meso
    to micro and urban scales, air pollution, and transport and
    dispersion simulations. Job duties include contribution to project
    tasks lead by others but also project management and program
    development activities.

    The incumbent will lead and work with teams of scientists and
    engineers to develop and enhance 1) modeling of physics processes,
    particularly boundary layer processes, 2) mesoscale ensemble
    prediction and data assimilation capabilities, 3) real-time
    operational numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems, 4) regional
    climate downscaling and pattern recognition capabilities, and 5)
    present work at relevant conferences and publish in refereed
    journals. Responsibilities will include model and code development
    related to model system improvements, model post-processing,
    scientific analyses, and verification of model output.



      * Improves modeling capabilities for various applications
        including modeling boundary layer processes, transport and
        dispersion, real-time data assimilation, probabilistic
        forecasting, and statistical post-processing systems.
      * Assist in leading the development of prediction systems for
        meso, micro, and urban scales, by improving relevant modeling
        components, data assimilation and probabilistic prediction systems.
      * Study mesoscale weather predictability and develop algorithms
        for calibration of ensemble prediction.
      * Aid in the production, management, and display of large
        observational and model-generated data sets.
      * Evaluate performance of operational models using conventional
        and innovative methods specifically designed to assess the skill
        of high-resolution simulations (mesoscale or finer).
      * Identify errors or inconsistencies in model physics for
        operational forecasting applications and implement solutions
      * Apply NWP targeted for national security applications.
      * Develop regional climate downscaling and pattern recognition
      * Communicate research results through publication in
        peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations
        at scientific meetings.
      * Contribute to the development of new research programs with
        internal and external collaborators across disciplines and
        participate in developing and writing proposals for external
      * Interactions with stakeholders.




    *Education and Experience:*

      * Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences or closely related disciplines
      * Well-developed experience of numerical weather prediction at the
        meso and micro scales
      * Familiarity with the atmospheric boundary layer physical processes
      * Familiarity with high performance computing architectures
      * Fluency in scientific programming languages such as FORTRAN, C,
        C++, PERL and/or Python
      * Strong written and oral communication skills
      * Demonstrated record of research and publication
      * Familiarity with the proposal writing process for different sponsors

    *Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

      *   Advanced capabilities in numerical weather prediction of
        boundary layer processes.
      * Demonstrated knowledge of boundary layer and transport and
        dispersion processes.
      * Demonstrated knowledge of techniques specifically designed to
        asses the skill of high-resolution simulations (mesoscale or finer).
      * Ability to establish and maintain a nationally recognized
        publication record.
      * Ability to participate in and interact productively with experts
        from different disciplinary fields both within NCAR, with our
        partner .
      *    universities and national laboratories.
      * Strong skills in written and oral communication of research results.
      * Ability to write proposals for research program development.
      * Familiarity with data assimilation algorithms and ensemble
        methods at the meso or finer scales.

    *Decision Making and Problem Solving:*

      * In consultation with research team, incumbent defines the
        specific research tasks to be conducted as part of the project.
      * Solves problems that may arise in the course of completing
        research plan. Works independently to solve these problems;
        establishes schedules to meet deadlines as needed by supervisor.
      * Obtains guidance when she/he cannot make a decision or solve a
        problem independently.

    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
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