[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Scientist-Micrometeorologist_Flux Uncertainty, NEON, Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Sep 15 05:49:48 MDT 2016


Postdoctoral Scientist-Micrometeorologist_Flux Uncertainty
Boulder, CO, US
Worker Category :Term Full-Time

Job ClassProfessional




Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates 
the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEONTM)project, which is 
solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project 
dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive 
species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are 
collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental 
scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our 
teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation 
platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; 
mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated 
ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews 
who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil 
and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge 
cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. 
The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of 
its designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at 
continental scales.

For more information about the project and our team, visit 


Reporting to the head of the IS (Instrumented Systems), the IS 
Postdoctoral Micrometeorologist (Flux uncertainty) will develop novel 
eddy-covariance uncertainty budgets, including algorithm development, 
code implementation, documentation, and data product preparation. The 
successful candidate will be working with the terrestrial IS team, which 
develops data products for an automated suite of meteorological, 
atmospheric, soil and ecophysiological measurements. The IS Postdoctoral 
Micrometeorologist (Flux uncertainty) will implement a crucial portion 
of the NEON eddy-covariance design, directly contributing to making 
NEON’s flux measurements part of a world-class observatory through 
state-of-the-art techniques.



  * Develop novel eddy-covariance uncertainty budget algorithms,
    documentation and data products
  * Develop a modular R package with associated documentation (Algorithm
    Theoretical Basis Document)
  * Co-develop HDF5 datasets for data products
  * Coordinate uncertainty budget dataflow with the NEON Data Products
    (DP) and Cyber Infrastructure (CI) teams
  * Develop plans for evaluating and transferring research-grade
    programming into an operational and production framework
  * Publication of the results in peer-reviewed scientific literature


  * PhD in an environmental science field (e.g., biometeorology,
    ecosystem science, micrometeorology, atmospheric modeling) or a
    related field
  * Three (3) - Five (5) years of experience in meteorological-related work
  * Experience with quantitative uncertainty analyses, data QA/QC, and
    time-series analyses
  * Experience delivering a final product from concept through testing
    to completion
  * Experience in programming meteorological analyses with diverse types
    of datasets
  * Experience working in a collaborative scientific and/or computing
  * Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and oral
  * Ability to apply critical thinking to scientific writing and review
  * Strong knowledge base of software development


  * Recent PhD graduates may apply (post-doc position)
  * In-depth knowledge of eddy covariance theory and techniques
  * Rich experience in numerical and analytical uncertainty analyses
  * Skillful programmer in interpreter languages, particularly R
    programming and code packaging
  * Familiarity with parallel computing and modular Docker workflows
  * Familiarity with Git version control software and Github for
    collaborative code development

*_Term:_*This is a term position with work scheduled until end of 
construction, which is anticipated to be December 29, 2017.
*Must have_/permanent/_authorization for US employment. NEON, Inc. will 
not provide any kind of visa sponsorship.*

***This position offers competitive total rewards including 401(k), 
health, vision and dental insurance, generous paid time off and the 
opportunity to work with at an organization with a great mission.***

*****NEON, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, 
Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.*****

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