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CIRES/ NOAA Physical Sciences Division Integrated Data Assimilation and Artificial Intelligence Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

NOAA Physical Sciences Division (PSD) seeks to fill multiple Research Associate positions to develop novel data assimilation capabilities using new advances in artificial intelligence and deep learning. Targeted applications include model bias correction, forecast error covariance estimation, coupled data assimilation, model emulation, assimilation of high-resolution satellite data, and enhancement of data assimilation solution methods. 

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 the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Own an original effort in the development of new data assimilation methodologies that incorporate artificial intelligence and deep learning.
  • Perform supportive activities such as software development, conducting experiments using high-performance computing, and pre and post-processing of data as needed for analysis and visualization.
  • Participate in regular discussion sessions with collaborators.
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

What You Should Know

  • 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 benefits package.


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.

Be Statements

Be Collaborative. Be Innovative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A relevant PhD degree is required for this role.
  • Experience in one or more fields is required: Data Assimilation, Mathematical Optimization, Atmospheric or Oceanic Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Deep Learning.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of data assimilation (particularly ensemble and variational methods), mathematical optimization, or related AI method.
  • Interest in geophysical AI applications.
  • Knowledge of dynamical systems.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with forecasting in the Geosciences.
  • Experience with deep learning and related software tools such as Pytorch or Tensorflow.
  • Experience with data processing and data visualization.
  • Experience with high-performance computing, including both CPU and GPU architectures.
  • Experience with Python, C++, Fortran, or equivalent high-level languages.

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: Steve Penny

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