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CIRES/ NOAA Weather Prediction Center, Meteorological Research Scientist or Associate Scientist

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College Park, Maryland


College Park



Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Research Associate (Research Scientist) or a Professional Research Assistant (Associate Scientist) to generate experimental heavy precipitation object-based forecast tools, verify and process WPC forecaster-issued products, create prototype web pages, and manage/oversee various related projects.

WPC is located in College Park, MD, within the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP). The NCWCP is a highly collaborative environment containing several NOAA organizations, including the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), and Climate Prediction Center (CPC).

The Scientist in this position will interact with Federal WPC staff, NOAA scientists and forecasters, CIRES employees working at WPC, and external partners including the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research's (OAR) Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Developmental Testbed Center (DTC). If hired at the Research Scientist level, the incumbent will be expected to perform novel research, transition research projects to operations, serve as Principal Investigator (PI) on funded projects, supervise employees, and collaborate with external partners. If hired as an Associate Scientist, duties will include support of novel research through collaboration/coordination with Principal Investigator (PI) and collaboration with internal and external partners.

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 has partnered with NOAA since 1967, 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.

The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) is America's Go-To Center for high-impact precipitation events and forecast guidance out to 7 days for a Weather-Ready Nation.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

For Associate Scientists:

  • Utilize statistical techniques that generate visuals to quantify forecast uncertainty.
  • Maintain and improve several object-based heavy precipitation tracking websites utilized by WPC forecasters.
  • Create and expand WPC verification of forecaster-issued products related to heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
  • Prepare and collaborate on proposals, contribute through scientific publications, collaborate with colleges, and attend various workshops and conferences.
  • Develop training materials to assist users in the transition of new tools and techniques into operations.
  • Ready various research-to-operations tools for evaluation in WPC testbed experiments and operational forecast environments.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Additional duties for Research Scientists:

  • In addition to the duties identified above, within CIRES/NOAA CSL, a Research Scientist is also responsible for conducting original research and/or supporting research through work in the field of Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Research Scientists may be asked to supervise other employees.
  • Outreach, education, and service activities are also important components of a Research Scientist’s effort.

What You Should Know

  • Access to this NOAA Federal Center and computing facilities is necessary to perform the work of this position. Access is not available for individuals working in the United States through a visa and therefore we are unable to consider applications from individuals on a visa or requiring visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection or conferences/workshops conducted at remote sites.
  • The new hire will be employed by CIRES with technical oversight provided by WPC management. The incumbent is expected to work independently, supervise other CIRES employees working at WPC, and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. The incumbent is expected to serve as a leader of scientific or technical experiments, groups, or teams; therefore strong teamwork and leadership skills are necessary.
  • This position is based at the WPC in College Park, MD.
  • Willingness to abide by all federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate guidance stated for contractors/affiliates working within a federal facility.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccination or receiving 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 Associate Scientists is $60,000 - $110,000; for Research Scientists, $68,000- $110,000. Salary is commensurate with education and 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.
  • A fully remote work modality may be considered for this position.


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:
  • A Master’s degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related field is required. 
  • Experience in working with interrogating large meteorological data sets (e.g. GRIB, netCDF, etc.).
  • Experience with working in a Linux environment.
For Research Scientists:
  • A PhD Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related field is required.
  • Experience in working with interrogating large meteorological data sets (e.g. GRIB, netCDF, etc.).
  • Experience with working in a Linux environment.

What You Will Need

  • Strong analytical skills with excellent programming skills (e.g. shell scripting, Python, etc.).
  • Strong background in applying statistical methods to atmospheric data (e.g. verification, post-processing, object-identification).
  • Familiarity with ensemble prediction systems and their application to hazardous weather diagnosis and prediction.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Desire and ability to contribute to an inclusive work environment.

What We Would Like You to Have

Please note that while the position details both required and preferred skills and experience, we invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this “What We Would Like You To Have” section. If you have a PhD degree, meet the minimum requirements, and have 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.

  • Experience with the Developmental Testbed Center’s Model Evaluation Tools.
  • Experience with applying object-based identification software to atmospheric model output.
  • Experience in project management and proposal writing, especially in a research-to-operations environment.
  • Knowledge or willingness to participate in web development.

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. Although not required at the time of application, please be prepared to submit contact information for 3 professional references, 1 of whom must be/must have been a supervisor or professor. If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask you to contact your references so that they can complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire 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.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Positions will remain posted until finalists have been identified.

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

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Posting Contact Name: Christine Wiedinmyer

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