[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist II - Numerical Weather Prediction, NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Sep 2 06:10:12 MDT 2016


Project Scientist II - Numerical Weather Prediction

    *Project Scientist II - Numerical Weather Prediction*

    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a full-time position.  Initial consideration
    will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on
    September 22^nd 2016, or until a sufficient number of applications
    have been received. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an
    as-needed basis.

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

    Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.

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



    This position will hold general responsibilities for independent,
    collaborative, and directed research related to one or more of the
    following: tropical cyclone dynamics, mesoscale processes analysis
    and modeling, urban meteorology, and statistical methods for
    short-term deterministic and probabilistic predictions, downscaling,
    and climatological pattern detection.

    The scientist will also conduct research and development in a team
    environment of operational and research prediction systems, leading
    both projects and specific tasks towards the completion of project



      * Conducts high-quality research on one or more of the following
        areas: tropical cyclone dynamics, atmospheric boundary layer
        processes, numerical weather prediction from meso to urban
        scales, and statistical methods for short-term predictions,
        downscaling, and climatological pattern detection. This work
          o Perform development, upgrades, and deployment of both
            deterministic and probabilistic systems, for tropical
            cyclones and numerical weather predictions applications;
          o Provide quality assurance oversight for work conducted in
            the program to ensure that errors or inconsistencies in
            model output are identified, develop and implement solutions
            as needed.

      * Work closely and cooperatively with other scientists and
        engineers on the project team.

      * Investigates new opportunities for funding and both lead and
        contribute to the preparation of proposals; may serve as
        Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on funded proposals.
      * Writes project reports as required by the research contracts. 
        Publishes results in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed
        journals and participates in national and international meetings
        on a regular basis.  Reports to sponsors as needed.
      * Maintains knowledge of current developments in topics of
        relevance to research projects, conducts reviews of papers for
        scientific journals, and may serve on professional committees.



    *Education and Experience:*

      * Ph.D. degree in the atmospheric sciences or closely related
      * At least three years of experience after the Ph.D. in a relevant
      * Demonstrated record of research and publication.
      * Experience in program development activities and leading is
        highly desirable.

    *Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

      * Advanced knowledge of, and skills in one or more of the
        following areas is required:
          o Tropical cyclone dynamics
          o Boundary-layer meteorology and mesoscale modeling
          o Urban meteorology
          o Numerical weather prediction
          o Statistical methods for both deterministic and probabilistic
      * Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain an
        internationally recognized publication record.
      * Advanced skill in scientific programming languages such as
        FORTRAN, C, C++, PERL, Python, Matlab, R.
      * Demonstrated skill with operational and real-time systems and
        associated issues.
      * Skill in analyzing meteorological datasets and model products.
      * Familiarity with high performance computing architectures.
      * Demonstrated ability to produce focused results in a project
      * Demonstrated skill in managing a diverse scientific and
        technical team.
      * Demonstrated ability to participate in and interact productively
        with experts from different disciplinary fields within NCAR and
        with our partners and sponsors.
      * Demonstrated ability in developing project plans to meet sponsor
        goals, objectives, and deadlines for deliverables.
      * Demonstrated skill in mentoring students and educators.
      * Strong skills in written and oral communication of research results.

    *Decision Making and Problem Solving:*

      * Independently determines appropriate research methods and
        organizes, prioritizes, and coordinates multiple tasks of projects.
      * Makes decisions in areas such as project design, major purchases
        and new hires.
      * Provides input and makes recommendations for project leaders’ on
        projects that this position will not lead.
      * Makes independent decisions on staffing allocations.
      * Analyzes data sets and draws solid scientific conclusions.
      * Determines task priorities and constructs research plans.
      * Creatively solves, either independently or as part of a project
        team, complex scientific problems.

    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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