[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist, NCAR – Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) – Climate Change Research (CCR), Boulder, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Wed Jun 8 10:32:42 MDT 2016
Project Scientist I
*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
Partial relocation benefits will be provided
UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position
*BASIC JOB FUNCTION: *
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
* 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
*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
* 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.
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Regular, Full-Time (R1)
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