[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist I at NCAR/RAL/AAP (atmospheric boundary layers, turbulence forecasting for aviation, high-resolution modeling, urban flows)

Domingo Munoz-Esparza domingom at ucar.edu
Wed Nov 7 09:06:49 MST 2018


Project Scientist I
Tracking Code 19026 Job Description

*Job Title: *Project Scientist I

*Location:*  Boulder, CO

*Type:* Full-time, Exempt


No relocation package is offered for this position.

*Work Authorization:*

UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill 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.  NCAR is sponsored
by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University
Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

*What You Will Do:*

This is a professional scientific position with responsibilities for
identifying, leading, and conducting research in the field of
high-resolution modeling of the atmospheric boundary layer using numerical
weather prediction models and turbulence-resolving large-eddy simulation
techniques. Specific duties include diagnosing and forecasting of low-level
wind and turbulence for aviation purposes, especially in support of
emerging modes of manned and unmanned aerial transportation, and developing
and evaluating turbulence algorithms applicable for rural and urban
environments using high-resolution numerical simulations. The incumbent is
expected to write proposals and communicate scientific results in both oral
and written form by giving talks at national and international scientific
meetings and by publishing papers in scientific journals.


   - Conducts high-quality, independent and collaborative research related
   to the broad scope and functions of the job, specifically focused on
   developing and evaluating advanced methods and modeling strategies for
   forecasting low-level aviation-scale wind and turbulence in potentially
   complex natural and man-made landscapes.
   - Conducts fundamental research into the nature and causes of
   aviation-scale turbulence, mainly by combining high-resolution multi-scale
   weather modeling and field observations for relevant case studies. Then
   exploits the results of such studies to develop novel diagnostics for use
   in reduced-order forecasting turbulence models and to improve
   higher-fidelity modeling strategies and feasibility for operational
   - Maintains knowledge of current developments in topics of relevance to
   the research projects.
   - Publishes results in peer-reviewed journals and participates in
   national and international meetings on a regular basis.
   - Investigates new opportunities for funding and engages in preparation
   of proposals; may serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on funded

*What You Need:*

Education and Years of Experience:

   - Ph.D. in atmospheric or physical science, or an equivalent combination
   of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

   - Comprehensive knowledge of atmospheric boundary layer dynamics and
   free atmosphere turbulence.
   - Understanding of mesoscale (including gravity wave production,
   propagation, and breaking) and microscale meteorological processes
   conducive to the formation of aviation-scale turbulence gained through
   numerical modeling and observational analyses, with an emphasis on the
   atmospheric boundary layer.
   - Understanding of varied urban effects on boundary layer and ingenuity
   on how to capture that in numerical models.
   - Comprehensive knowledge of numerical modeling for simulation of
   regional weather. Experience using the WRF model is required.
   - Comprehensive knowledge of numerical modeling using
   turbulence-resolving large-eddy simulation techniques.
   - Demonstrated skill in conducting and analyzing high-resolution
   simulations of mesoscale to microscale environments, preferably of
   atmospheric phenomena in complex natural or man-made landscapes.
   - Knowledge of Unix and/or Linux computing environments using
   parallelized Fortran codes.
   - Demonstrated skill in manipulating and analyzing large datasets (both
   observations and model output).
   - Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality, independent scientific
   and collaborative research, as evidenced by publications in refereed
   scientific journals.
   - Excellent oral and written communicating skills appropriately directed
   at varied audiences, including the scientific or technical research
   community, program sponsors, or industry representatives.
   - Ability to work with a team of scientists and establish and maintain
   professional relationships within and outside the organization.
   - Ability to prioritize, organize, and follow through on tasks with
   little supervision.
   - Ability to apply independent decision-making and initiative within the
   scope of assigned tasks.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

   - Experience with development and implementation of algorithms within
   atmospheric models.
   - Experience with operational weather prediction models like GFS, RAP,
   HRRR, UK Met Office, or ECMWF.
   - Familiarity with large-eddy simulation WRF-LES model.
   - Familiarity with utilization of message passing interface (MPI)
   libraries for parallelization purposes.
   - Familiarity with common data formats such as Netcdf.
   - Familiarity and experience using ensemble techniques to produce
   probabilistic forecasts.
   - Knowledge of Matlab and Python programming languages.

*What’s in it for You:*

   - Compensation
   - PTO
   - Paid Holidays
   - Tuition Reimbursement
   - Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
   - Retirement Plan
   - And more!

*EEO/AAP Statement:*

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

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 Full-Time/Regular

Appointment Type
Regular, Full-Time (R1)
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