Data Assimilation Intern

Fort Collins, Colorado
Jul 31, 2017
Aug 30, 2017
17-103 Research Associate 1 (DA Intern)
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Research Associate I

(Data Assimilation Intern)



The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks to fill 2-3 internship positions as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) award intended to increase the number of experts in the field of data assimilation.  The internships, two located at CIRA in Fort Collins, Colorado, and one located at the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, CO, will have a duration of one year and will cover both theoretical and practical training. The individuals in these positions will be members of the CIRA Data Assimilation group and will learn how to use several models and cutting-edge data assimilation techniques used operationally at NOAA. Specifically, each intern will begin training by learning the basic theory and applications of data assimilation through supervised instruction and hands-on practice. After the initial training period, each intern will use his/her knowledge to work on applied, NOAA-sponsored, relevant data assimilation problems that are jointly selected by a NOAA Lab and the intern.

Essential job duties:

Data Assimilation Learning (50%)

  • actively participate in theoretical data assimilation training;
  • complete assigned reading and/or coding tasks intended to further the interns’ knowledge on data assimilation.

Research Project (50%)

  • define a data assimilation research project applying NOAA operational codes;
  • interact with NOAA Lab personnel to optimize the value of the research;
  • publish research results in peer-reviewed journals;
  • support technical presentations of related work;
  • conduct research on relevant science and technology.

Required Qualifications:

  • must be eligible to work in the US by proposed start date because CIRA will not sponsor a visa for this position;
  • Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Meteorology, Oceanography, Hydrology, or related physical science discipline, such as Applied Mathematics and Engineering. Degree must be conferred prior to the start date
  • ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check);
  • ability to travel to visit relevant NOAA labs and attend domestic meetings and workshops;
  • higher education in fundamental physics and/or mathematics;
  • coding/Programming experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • knowledge of numerical analysis methods;
  • knowledge of retrievals and satellite data;
  • knowledge of numerical modeling;
  • experience with high-end computing;
  • experience with scientific programming languages;
  • experience with Fortran 90;
  • interest in NOAA-focused research;
  • ability to work as part of a research development team.

Annual Salary: $42,000

Background Check: 

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Application Deadline and How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the internships are filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by 11:59 PM MT on August 13, 2017. References may be contacted immediately and without further notification to the candidate.  Apply electronically by clicking “Apply to this Job” at the following website: In your cover letter, please specifically address the required and preferred qualifications of this position. While it is not anticipated that any given applicant will satisfy 100% of the preferred qualifications, presenting your relevant experience/expertise via clearly articulated examples will be of great benefit to the search committee. A cover letter that fails to address the required and preferred qualifications of this position will result in immediate disqualification for the position.

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