[ES_JOBS_NET] CIRES/SWPC Whole Atmosphere Model, Boulder CO

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Tue Oct 3 16:23:15 MDT 2017

CIRES/SWPC Whole Atmosphere Model

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a full-time Research Associate or Professional Research Assistant to work with the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado.

Our mission at SWPC is to deliver an operational coupled Whole Atmosphere Model - Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Electrodynamics (WAM-IPE) model and products in the near future.  This job encompasses the development, maintenance, and management of the Whole Atmosphere Model system code on the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) supercomputers in collaboration with the NCEP Environmental Modeling Center (EMC).

The job location will be with the EMC in College Park, Maryland. The job may require travel to Boulder, CO, several times a year. Access to NCEP computers will require either Green Card or US citizenship. The appointment is expected to begin as soon as possible.


Under the direction of the WAM project manager and project scientist, develop, upgrade, and maintain the WAM code and make it available for runs-on-demand.

Represent the interests of space water applications of WAM at EMC. Coordinate and ensure compatibility of development of WAM and WAM data assimilation system with those of the EMC Global weather forecast model and data assimilation system.

Run the model code for tests, evaluation, and validation.

Maintain version control of the code.

Develop and run scientific visualization package.

Develop and run post-processing analyses for evaluation of model output.

Assist in development of the operational WAM and WAM Data Assimilation Systems.

Participate in model validation activities.


Working knowledge of weather and/or space weather models.

Programming and Code Development:

Experience working with a variety of operating systems and environments including Windows and Linux.

Experience in development of parallel codes in FORTRAN is required. Proficiency in variety of computer languages and visualization packages is desired.

Experience with debugging, performance analysis, benchmarking, and tuning of complex numerical model codes.

Familiarity with and knowledge of scalable parallel techniques and programming, such as MPI, OpenMP, and/or GPU.

Ability to clearly document and maintain version control of codes

Understanding of validation and verification techniques for model performance assessment.


Ability to establish good working relationships with the programmers and scientists who develop the models.


Required Education:

A Ph.D. or M.Sc. in physics, computer science, meteorology or a related discipline.

Application Materials

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 -One letter of recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

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