[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Mon Dec 3 07:21:26 MST 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Science

Working Title

Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Science

Research Professional Position


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Admin Professional/ Research Professional

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Proposed Annual Salary Range

$51,000-$55,000 depending on experience

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Open Until Filled


To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on


Description of Work Unit

The Department of Atmospheric Science is a large academic and research department in the Walter J. Scott College of Engineering at Colorado State University. We currently have eighteen faculty members, nearly one hundred graduate students, approximately fifty full-time researchers, and an outstanding and dedicated support staff.

The Precipitation Systems Research Group, led by Associate Professor Russ Schumacher, conducts research to improve the understanding and prediction of extreme rainfall, which often results in damaging flash flooding. We use a variety of data and methods, including field observations, climatological data, numerical models, and statistical techniques.

Position Summary

The person selected for this position will conduct collaborative research to advance the prediction of excessive rainfall through post-processing of numerical weather prediction (NWP) model output. This person will contribute to ongoing work to apply machine learning algorithms to observations and NWP models, and will work alongside NOAA's Weather Prediction Center (WPC) Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT) to use these methods to improve WPC forecast products.

The position will report to Associate Professor Russ Schumacher.

This position is for one year, and is renewable for a second year, pending satisfactory performance.

Required Job Qualifications

*PhD in atmospheric science or a closely related field
*Experience running or analyzing the output of numerical models of the atmosphere
*Proficiency with Unix/Linux-based computing environment
*Proficiency in a computing language commonly used in atmospheric science (such as python, fortran, etc.)

Preferred Job Qualifications

*Experience with machine learning algorithms
*Experience working with large gridded datasets in formats commonly used in atmospheric science (netCDF, GRIB, etc.)
*Experience with evaluating weather forecasts
*Record of publication in the scientific literature in atmospheric science, computer science, or closely related fields

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Scientific research


This position will conduct research aimed at improving forecasts of excessive rainfall. The research duties will include:
*Analyzing NWP model forecasts of heavy precipitation
*Applying machine-learning methods to historical forecasts and observations to develop probabilistic prediction systems
*Evaluating the resulting forecasts to identify the most promising configurations

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Essential Duties

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Application of research results for potential operational implementation


This research project involves collaborative work with the WPC-HMT to evaluate methods that will be considered for future implementation into the operational forecast environment. These duties will include:
*Regular communication with WPC-HMT staff to report on progress and identify further needs
*Participation in the Flash Flood and Intense Rainfall experiment, during which new forecast tools will be evaluated.

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Essential Duties

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Dissemination of results


This position will be expected to present research results at relevant conferences; contribute to manuscripts submitted to the scientific literature; and communicate results in other venues as appropriate.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application includes: Cover Letter, which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

References will only be contacted for those candidates who are selected for the final round of interviews. The references will receive an email with a link to submit their letter of recommendation.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact

Russ Schumacher - russ.schumacher at colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity<http://oeo.colostate.edu/> is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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