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CIRES/ NOAA PSL Research Scientist in Hydroclimatic Predictions, Predictability and Projections

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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 highly motivated Research Scientist to conduct research on hydroclimatic predictions, predictability, and projections for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) 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 diagnosing physical mechanisms underpinning regional variability, predictability, and projections of hydroclimatic extremes related to water availability and food security in Asia, Africa, and Central America.

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!

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

  • Devise and conduct research on hydroclimate that are relevant to the missions of NOAA, PSL, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network and their partners.
  • Work collaboratively with researchers from a variety of earth science fields.
  • Apply research expertise that is portable to a variety of regions and time scales.
  • Effectively share research results with colleagues and the broader science community through white papers, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations.

What You Should Know

  • This is a minimum 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.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $70,000 - $95,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation 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

  • A Ph.D. in a physical science with expertise in meteorology, climate, hydrology, or related field.
  • At least three years of research experience since earning a Ph.D. that can be applied to hydro climatic variability, predictions, predictability, and/or change.
  • A strong publication and presentation record that is commensurate with experience.

What You Will Need

  • Excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Excellence in self-guided, motivated, and pioneering research.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate team building and knowledge sharing.
  • The ability to contribute to an inclusive work environment.

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.
You will be asked to provide contact information (name, affiliation, professional relationship to you, email) for three references who will be willing to write a confidential letter of recommendation on your behalf. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request these at a later time if you are identified as a finalist for this role.

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: John Albers

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