[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist, NCAR – Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) – Climate Change Research (CCR), Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Jun 8 10:32:42 MDT 2016


Project Scientist I

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Job Description

    *Project Scientist I*


    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a full-time position.  Initial consideration
    will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on June 3,
    2016, or until a sufficient number of applications have been
    received.  Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed

    NCAR – Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) – Climate Change
    Research (CCR)

    Partial relocation benefits will be provided

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



    This is a position in support of the DOE/UCAR Cooperative Agreement
    (CA) for the Regional and Global Climate Modeling Program. The
    primary activities are to run various versions of CESM related to
    scientific questions involving climate variability and climate
    change relevant to the CA, and to assess factors that affect present
    and future hydroclimate.  Climate model output and observations will
    be analyzed to study processes producing hydrological cycle and
    hydroclimate response (e.g.  involving monsoons, rainfall regimes,
    hydrological cycle processes and feedbacks) to changes in external
    forcings.  Output from various versions of CESM, multi-model
    ensembles, and large model ensembles will be analyzed to quantify
    processes and mechanisms related to climate variability and climate
    change and the relative role of different feedbacks in climate
    system response that affect hydroclimate.  The incumbent will
    perform scientific research in these areas that support climate
    variability and climate change research, and play a central, visible
    role in the dissemination of scientific results through
    presentations, reports, and the refereed scientific literature.

    The incumbent is expected to operate with a significant degree of
    independence. Priorities will be determined in conjunction with the
    Project PI.



      * Collaborates with scientists and software engineers to set up
        and run climate change experiments with versions of CESM on
        various NSF and DOE computing platforms. Designs and implements
        experiments for climate models. May manage many model
        simulations running on different systems at one time. Conducts a
        set of model diagnostics throughout the model simulation and
        communicates with the CA data manager for post processing and
        archiving of output data.
      * Analyzes multiple versions of CESM and multi-model ensembles and
        compares to observational data to determine processes, assess
        biases, and design improvements.
      * Conducts high quality, independent and collaborative research
        addressing the aspects of climate sensitivity/change related to
        hydroclimate.   Publishes results in conference proceedings and
        peer reviewed journals.  Participates in national and
        international meetings.



    *Education and Experience:*

      * Ph.D. or equivalent in atmospheric, climate, or related earth
        sciences, plus 2 years of relevant experience in at least one of
        these areas.
      * Demonstrated experience in working with large scientific
        computer programs and complex data sets.
      * Demonstrated experience in applying complex simulation models to
        atmospheric problems, comparing them to observations and drawing
        scientifically sound conclusions.
      * Demonstrated experience in writing for scientific peer reviewed

    *Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

      * Demonstrated understanding, through published or academic work,
        of modeling complex, geophysical processes.
      * Specialized knowledge and experience in analyzing climate model
        experiments to study hydroclimate processes
      * Demonstrated knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of
        global coupled climate models.
      * Demonstrated experience with running CESM.
      * Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing reliable
        Fortran modules for complex geophysical systems.
      * Demonstrated knowledge of the UNIX operating system and its
      * Knowledge of graphical analysis tools, e.g., IDL, NCL.
      * Knowledge of data analysis methodologies for global climate models.
      * Effective oral and written communication skills.
      * Ability to assess priorities.

    *Decision Making and Problem Solving:*

      * No budget or hiring or supervisory responsibilities.
      * Analyzes observations and processes them for comparison to
        climate model output.
      * Solves routine to complex problems with minimal supervision,
        including debugging problems with the model setup.
      * Makes independent decisions to design sensitivity experiments
        and to devise diagnostics techniques / tools to evaluate model
        response to external forcings.

    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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