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CIRES/ NOAA PSL Project Scientist in Climate Predictability, Prediction, and Diagnostics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a project scientist to assist research on the predictability, prediction, and diagnostics of hydroclimate at the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL). The chosen candidate will work closely with a team of federal and CIRES scientists, and their principal duties will include managing data, performing computations, and producing graphics for studies of global hydroclimatic extremes. The candidate should have excellent technical and communication skills and be comfortable working in a team environment. 

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

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

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.

Physical Sciences Laboratory

Our mission is to conduct scientific research to observe, understand, model, predict and forecast weather, water, and climate extremes and their impacts. An informed society that uses science-based environmental intelligence to effectively anticipate and respond to threats and opportunities related to weather, water, and climate extremes. Our research goals are as follows:

  • Rigorously characterize and predict weather, water, and climate extremes and their uncertainties to support NOAA's mission.
  • Develop new process understanding, observing, and modeling capabilities to predict conditions associated with too much or too little water for early warning, preparedness, resource management, and adaptation.
  • Improve monitoring and prediction of weather, climate, and water conditions impacting marine resources.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Assist research that diagnoses the causes, characteristics, predictability, and prediction of hydroclimatic extremes like droughts and floods amid climate change over many areas of the globe by: 
  • Collecting, organizing, managing, and processing datasets
  • Producing images for publications, presentations, and assessments
  • Effectively communicating with colleagues at PSL and CIRES.

What You Should Know

  • This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.
  • 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.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align 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. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $50,000- $65,000.
  • Relocation reimbursement funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • We have a great work culture that emphasizes work-life balance.


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

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in physical science with expertise in meteorology, hydrology, or related field. 

What You Will Need

  • Ability to think critically and solve problems.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new methods and technologies.
  • Ability to work well in a team and to build strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate cross-team knowledge sharing.

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details the requirements in the "minimum qualifications" and "what you will need" sections, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all the skills and experience from the "What we would like you to have" section to be considered for this position. If you meet the requirements, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Experience with analyzing large scientific data sets, especially involving observed analyses and climate models.
  • Ability to, or willingness to learn, writing structured code in Python and generating images in Cartopy.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills. 

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. A list of 3 professional references who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your application. If you are identified as a finalist for this role, we will ask you to provide those at a later time. 

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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This position will remain posted until filled. 

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: Melissa Breeden

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