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CIRES/ NOAA Global Systems Laboratory, Boundary Layer Parameterization Associate Scientist or Post-Doctoral Associate

Requisition Number:

39899

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Date Posted:

10-Jun-2022

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado is looking for an Associate Scientist or Post-Doctoral Associate to use observational data from the DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program to evaluate and help improve the representation of physical processes in NOAA weather/earth-system forecast models. The position is part of the collaborative research between CIRES and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) in Boulder, CO. The selectee will work within GSL’s Assimilation and Verification Division.

Background:

GSL has an extensive history building operational regional weather forecast models, such as the Rapid Refresh (RAP) and High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) models that are run operational by the National Weather Service (NWS). NOAA is moving to a Unified Forecast System (UFS), which will use the same weather prediction modeling system for both global and convective allowing scales. The UFS development effort requires extensive model parameterization development and validation effort, to ensure that these parameterizations work at all scales.

DOE/ARM collects comprehensive observations from a network of six ground-based observatories and an aerial facility that provides supporting measurements to these ground-based observations. Data from these observatories have been important for the development and improvement of physical parameterizations of radiation, clouds, and aerosols in a number of models. To accelerate the application of ARM observations towards the improvement of NOAA’s UFS, this associate scientist or post-doctoral position will directly use the rich set of ARM observations to provide insights into forecast-error attribution by linking physical states in model forecasts to systematic errors.


The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

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

Global Systems Laboratory website:

https://gsl.noaa.gov/

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Responsibilities for Associate Scientists:

  • Use ARM observations to identify/quantify biases in boundary layer, cloud, radiation, and land surface properties and evolution that are predicted by the UFS model

Responsibilities for Post-Doctoral Associates:

  • Use ARM observations to identify/quantify biases in boundary layer, cloud, radiation, and land surface properties and evolution that are predicted by the UFS model.
  • Analyze these biases to attribute them to specific processes that the model is trying to represent, and hypothesize improvements to the model parameterizations in collaboration with GSL scientists.

In addition to the duties specified above, if the candidate has the correct modeling background, they may be asked to implement these hypothesized improvements into the UFS parameterization schemes, and test them by running the modeling system on case studies. 

What You Should Know

  • This is a one-year appointment.
  • This is an on-site position with the option for a hybrid work modality.
  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • 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. Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for an Associate Scientist in this position is $50,000 - $65,000; for a Post-Doctoral Associate, it is $60,000- $65,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Some relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • 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.

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

For Associate Scientists:

  • Bachelor’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or a closely related field, such as physics or mathematics, AND at least 3 years of directly relevant experience.
  • Master’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or a closely related field, such as physics or mathematics AND at least 1 year of directly relevant experience.

For Post-Doctoral Associates:

  • PhD degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or a closely related field, such as physics or mathematics.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively (verbal and written) within a team environment and to facilitate communication across multiple teams and organizational units.
  • A strong background in synoptic/mesoscale/boundary-layer meteorology.
  • Knowledge of data analysis and statistics.
  • Experience with handling datasets in netCDF and GRIB2 formats.

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details both required skills/experience as well as preferred skills/experience, we want applicants to be aware that they are encouraged to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills/experience outlined in the “What We Would Like You To Have” section. If you have a bachelor’s degree, transferable experience, and passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on the job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Hands-on experience (minimum of 1 year) running / developing numerical weather prediction models, such as WRF or FV3, preferably with knowledge of physical parameterizations and numerical methods.
  • Excellent command of the English language and have experience in writing scientific publications.
  • Experience in boundary-layer parameterization development and testing.
  • Experience with model-observation comparisons and effective application of verification techniques.
  • Fluent knowledge of Fortran 90+ including debugging and optimizing code.
  • Proficiency in UNIX-based scripting languages, such as tcsh, bash, ksh, Python, or XML.
  • Experience with Linux/UNIX operating systems.
  • Experience maintaining code using version-control software, such as GIT.
  • Experience with high-performance computing (HPC) and parallel computing.

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.

If you are selected as a finalist for this position, we will ask you to submit contact information for 3 professional references (1 must be/must have been a supervisor or professor). Your professional references will be sent an invitation to complete a SkillSurvey on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

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

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Michael Toy

Posting Contact Email: michael.toy@noaa.gov