[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist I, Regional Arctic Change, NCAR, Boulder, CO
Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Wed Jul 11 17:40:15 MDT 2018
Project Scientist I
Project Scientist I
This is a full-time, 2-year term position with possibility of extension. This position will be posted until July 15, 2018 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
No relocation package is offered for this position.
U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.
Where You Will Work
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world's premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences.
What You Will Do
This position supports a highly collaborative project to investigate the tropical and mid-latitude (collectively referred to as lower latitudes) oceanic and atmospheric drivers of regional Arctic changes as well as the Arctic impacts on the Northern Hemisphere climate and weather variability, using a combination of available observations and state-of-the-art climate models. The incumbent will lead and / or contribute to i) investigation of ocean heat transport into the Arctic from the Atlantic and Pacific, using available observations and simulations from the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and from partner institutions; ii) analysis of atmospheric teleconnections into the Arctic associated with the Atlantic multidecadal variability (AMV) based on existing CESM simulations; and iii) evaluation of skill in predicting blocking events, cold blob, etc., in the North Atlantic on subseasonal-to-decadal time scales using existing CESM Decadal Prediction simulations as well as simulations from partner institutions. The latter effort includes detailed investigations of the sources of skill, i.e., processes that lead to skill.
The project partners include researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) as well as scientists from over 20 European institutions who are participating in the European Union (EU)-funded Blue-Action Project. As such the incumbent will interact with researchers from the partner institutions to perform coordinated, joint analyses of model simulations. If needed, the incumbent will design and conduct coordinated simulations.
Broad priorities will be determined in consultation with the NCAR investigators of the project. The incumbent is expected to operate with a significant degree of independence.
* Under general guidance, conducts independent and collaborative research to accomplish the goals of the project. Leads and / or contributes to i) investigation of ocean heat transport into the Arctic from the Atlantic and Pacific, using available observations and simulations from the CESM and from partner institutions; ii) analysis of atmospheric teleconnections into the Arctic associated with the AMV based on existing CESM simulations; and iii) evaluation of skill in predicting blocking events, cold blob, etc., in the North Atlantic on subseasonal-to-decadal time scales using existing CESM Decadal Prediction simulations as well as simulations from partner institutions. Contributes to investigations of sources of skill. If needed, designs and performs coordinated numerical simulations in support of the project. Analyzes both model and observational data sets. Develops new diagnostics products. Revises the research plan as needed.
* Takes the lead and participates in writing of scientific journal articles and formal reports, documenting the findings of the project. Presents results at relevant meetings.
* Documents experimental and diagnostics / analysis procedures. Organizes and maintains a comprehensive, web-based database of simulation output and analysis. Makes this information available to the project collaborators and partners.
* Interacts with the project collaborators and partners regularly for coordinated / joint analysis and experimentation.
What You Need
* PhD or equivalent in oceanic, atmospheric, or related earth sciences.
* Ability to work on a team of NCAR and non-NCAR scientists.
* Demonstrated understanding, through published or academic work, of modeling complex, geophysical processes.
* Demonstrated knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of (coupled) general circulation models.
* Familiarity with running coupled climate models, particularly CESM.
* Experience in designing and implementing reliable Fortran modules for complex geophysical systems.
* Familiarity with the CESM and its component models.
* Demonstrated knowledge of the UNIX operating system and its variants, including skill in writing shell scripts.
* Demonstrated knowledge of graphical analysis tools, e.g., Python, Matlab.
* Demonstrated knowledge of data analysis methodologies for global climate models.
* Demonstrated knowledge of statistical analysis methods.
* Effective oral and written communication skills.
* Demonstrated experience in writing for scientific peer reviewed journals.
* Ability to assess priorities and meet deliverable deadlines.
* Knowledge of web based communication, e.g., HTML.
* Ability to work at computer monitors for extended periods.
* 2 years of additional, relevant experience in at least one of these areas.
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
Term Full-Time (T1)
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