[ES_JOBS_NET] Satellite Infrared Sounder Researcher, CIRA, Colorado State University

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Fri Nov 9 08:18:31 MST 2018


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18-133: Satellite Infrared Sounder Researcher

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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 Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) is a multi-million dollar research organization located on CSU's Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. CIRA is a cooperative institute (CI) that is also a research department within CSU's College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and international resources and partnerships, and assisting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CSU, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit. Expanding on this Vision, our Mission is to serve as a nexus for multi-disciplinary cooperation among CI and NOAA research scientists, University faculty, staff and students in the context of NOAA-specified research theme areas in satellite applications for weather/climate forecasting. Important bridging elements of the CI include the communication of research findings to the international scientific community, transition of applications and capabilities to NOAA operational users, education and training programs for operational user proficiency, outreach programs to K-12 education and the general public for environmental literacy, and understanding and quantifying the societal impacts of NOAA research.

Position Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks to fill one or two Postdoctoral Fellowships in satellite infrared sounding and assimilation of such data into Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models. These Postdoctoral Fellowships are 1-year positions with a possibility of extension for an additional year. The individual(s) in these fellowship(s) will be members of the CIRA Meteorological Satellite Applications team supporting NOAA's Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB) located in Ft. Collins, CO, and will report to the project team lead. Specifically, the individual(s) in these fellowship(s) will research, develop, and create synthetic hyper-spectral mid-wave infra-red datasets utilizing the Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM) that will be tested and demonstrated within the Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) data analysis and assimilation framework for NOAA/NWSNWP models. The goal of this project is to evaluate and demonstrate the extent to which future small satellite observations can be quickly and robustly assimilated within operational weather models during the short life span of the resource. The individual(s) in these fellowship(s) will have latitude to conduct their research, including use of physical or artificial intelligence-based methodologies, and will be expected to establish strong partnerships with both CIRA research staff and sponsors.

Required Job Qualifications

Note: Please detail each of these six items in your cover letter.
* Ph.D. in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, computer science, or related science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field;
* at least 1 year of experience working with radiative transfer theory and application;
* background in satellite-based environmental remote sensing;
* background in retrieval theory, using either physical inversion methods or machine learning equivalents;
* demonstrated oral and written communication skills;
* demonstrated experience working in team environments.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Note: Please highlight any applicable items in your cover letter.
* demonstrated experience with satellite hyper-spectral infrared sounder data (e.g., AIRS, IASI, CrIS);
* experience with the CRTM or similar radiative transfer model packages;
* experience with NOAA/NWS GSI analysis and data assimilation system or similar operational analysis and data assimilation systems;
* experience with NOAA NWS NWP models (e.g. GFS, FV3, HWRF, RAP, HRRR);
* experience with scientific programming in languages/tools such as Python, Fortran, Matlab, IDL;
* experience working on Linux or Unix operating systems;
* experience with artificial intelligence techniques, machine/deep learning, neural networks, etc.

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

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Applied Research


* conduct research and develop synthetic datasets for proposed future satellite hyper-spectral infrared sounder instruments;
* coordinate with data assimilation, numerical weather modelling scientists to develop a forward operator software utilizing the CRTM for incorporation into the GSI data analysis and assimilation framework.

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* contribute to and lead scientific studies that serve the CIRA mission;
* develop future proposals that may lead to an independent research program.

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Collaborative Research


* travel to scientific conferences to present results;
* collaborate with operational partners and product end users;
* collaborate with other CIRA/RAMMB scientists working on similar research projects.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume or CV, and the names and contact information for three references. References may be contacted immediately and without further notification to the candidate.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact

linn.barrett 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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