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CIRES/ NOAA GSD Numerical Weather Prediction Post-Doc

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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) is seeking a post-doctoral or an early career scientist with a broad background of atmosphere and ocean dynamics to work closely with a team of NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)/Global Systems Division (GSD) and CIRES scientists developing an advanced physics suite for numerical weather prediction in both regional and global settings as well as a coupled global model for sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasts using NOAA’s Unified Forecast System (UFS).

All postdoc positions are for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability. The position is located in Boulder, Colorado. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • The scientist will work with NOAA and CIRES scientists to conduct experiments using NOAA’s UFS, evaluate the component models using observations or reanalysis data, identify model biases and test new code developments. 
  • One particular goal is the medium-range prediction of heavy rain events on the U.S. west coast, which includes investigating the role of the coupled boundary layers in setting the strength of onshore moisture transport. 
  • He/she will engage in additional activities related to ongoing projects in GSD, including both regional and global modeling.

What You Should Know

  • All postdoc positions are for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability. 
  • 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.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive and generous benefits package. 


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What We Require

  • Ph.D. degree in Meteorology, Physical Oceanography, Hydrology or related science.
  • Robust computational skills and experience in one or more programming languages.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience working with global-scale models and data assimilation systems.
  • Experience with atmosphere and ocean dynamics.
  • Experience in development, testing, and evaluation of physical parameterizations.
  • Experience with Fortran90, Python, Matlab, NCL and Unix shell scripting.
  • Experience with software for revision control management, such as Git.
  • Experience in using with High-Performance Computing Systems.

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 contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation 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 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: Terra Ladwig

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