[Grad-postdoc-assn] Postdoctoral scientist at NCAR MMM

Paula Fisher paulad at ucar.edu
Thu Dec 3 09:35:30 MST 2015

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*Postdoc Researcher (*Tracking Code 15219)

This position contributes to research and development of the atmospheric
component of the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS) and its
implementation and use within the Community Earth System Model (CESM) for
climate and regional climate applications. The research conducted focuses
on evaluating the nonhydrostatic atmospheric component of MPAS for global
variable-resolution regional-climate applications, specifically at
meso-scale and convective-scale resolutions. This position requires working
with NCAR scientists and scientists at the Department of Energy (DOE)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) working under the Water Cycle
and Climate Extremes Modeling (WACCEM) Scientific Focus Area (SFA).


   - Conduct research and development related to the atmospheric component
   of MPAS used as a dynamical core within the Community Atmosphere Model
   (CAM) of CESM. Research emphasis will be the evaluation and improvement of
   CESM/CAM/MPAS regional-climate capabilities at meso- and
   convection-permitting scales. Work will include MPAS and CAM physics
   - Assist in the preparation and execution of MPAS/CAM-based regional
   climate experiments.
   - Prepare results for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for
   presentation at meetings and conferences. Prepare and deliver summary
   reports or project progress reports as needed.
   - Contribute to the goals of the MMM program. May assist in the
   development of funding proposals and contribute to program planning for the
   MPAS project within MMM.
   - The above statements describe the primary work being performed.
   Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time.


Education and Experience:

   - Ph.D. degree within the last 5 years in Meteorology, Physics, or a
   related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

   - Knowledge and experience with probability and statistics
   - Skill in model development and evaluation, as demonstrated in
   peer-reviewed journal publications
   - Knowledge in NWP model physics
   - Knowledge of and advanced skills with programming languages
   (Fortran-90 preferred) and scripting
   - Ability in working with Linux/Unix operating systems and display tools
   (NCL, etc.)
   - Effective written and oral communication skills
   - Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a
   development team

Decision Making and Problem Solving:

   - Conducts research and coordinates and integrates physics development
   and evaluation within CESM/CAM/MPAS under guidance from supervisor.
   Determines project priorities and constructs and implements research plans.
   Creatively and efficiently solves scientific problems, independently or as
   part of a project team.

Desired but not required:

   - Experience with the MPAS and/or CESM modeling systems, and/or other
   regional/global numerical prediction modeling systems.


   - Experience and specialization in climate, regional climate or
   numerical weather prediction, and/or meso- cloud-scale physics and dynamics.

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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