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CIRES/GSD Data Assimilation of Chemical Constituents Post-Doc Researcher

Requisition Number:

17774

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at University of Colorado Boulder is opening a full-time position for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Assimilation of Chemical Constituents for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)/Global Systems Division (GSD) in Boulder, Colorado. The position is for three years and is located in Boulder, CO.

Background:

The Chemistry Group at NOAA/ESRL/GSD is involved in the development of regional and global chemical models and data assimilation systems that rely on ensemble and variational approaches. The position within the Group is intended to advance skill of the global aerosol forecasting at NOAA by developing a state-of-the art assimilation system. The background chemical model relies on an implementation of aerosol modules from the Goddard Chemistry Aerosol Radiation and Transport (GOCART) modeling system within the new NOAA’s FV3 dynamical core. Observations include primarily those of Aerosol Optical Depths from various satellite instruments and other remotely sensed measurements. The assimilation framework will be imbedded within the Joint Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) that is being developed at the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA). It is expected that this work will lead to a transition of the system to operations at National Centers of Environment Prediction (NCEP).  Collaboration partners include various government agencies. The position offers an excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth through research and cooperation.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Developing and implementing assimilation methodologies appropriate for chemical species within JEDI.
  • Evaluating performance of model and assimilation.
  • Engaging in additional activities in NWP related to ongoing projects in GSD, including both regional and global modeling.
  • Authoring scientific publications and presenting at conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Contributing to reports and research proposals.
  • Availability to travel at the level of 2-3 trips/year.

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.  If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

This position is funded for 3 years.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, along with a generous benefits package.

Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Applied Math, Physics, or a related research area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced understanding of data assimilation concepts.
  • Excellent programming in object-oriented languages (modern Fortran or C++) and scripting skills; knowledge of python, R, or similar for data processing and visualization.
  • Ability to work on collaborative projects using code management tools (e.g. git).
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Knowledge of atmospheric radiative transfer for aerosols and gases.
  • Generation of adjoint code.
  • Experience using statistics for model verification.
  • Experience with parallelization of computer codes.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of references: the names, professional titles, and contact information of those who are familiar with your qualifications and work history.
    • If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only the search committee.
Full consideration will be given to applications received by May 31, 2019, or until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Mariusz Pagowski

Posting Contact Email: Mariusz.Pagowski@noaa.gov

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer