CIRES/ GSD Research Associate: Numerical Weather Prediction Scientist

Location
Boulder, CO
Posted
Jun 05, 2018
Closes
Jul 05, 2018
Education Level
Masters
Job Type
Full-time
Relocation Cost
Negotiable
Sector Type
Academia

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a research scientist with programming experience to work in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)/Global Systems Division (GSD). The scientist will help enhance transition of innovations in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) to NOAA’s operational production suite by supporting community scientists in using and developing global and regional configurations of NOAA’s Unified Forecast System, which uses the Finite Volume Cubed Sphere (FV3) dynamical core. The scientist will also work on NWP development projects of ESRL/GSD. The work will be conducted in collaboration with other scientists in ESRL/GSD, and involve collaborations with the Developmental Testbed Center, Global Model Test Bed and other groups at NOAA Laboratories, NCAR, NCEP and the scientific community. The position is located in Boulder, Colorado. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities
(1) Participate in Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) activities by supporting the community in using and adding innovations to NOAA’s UFS modeling system. This activity involves both regional (convective allowing model; CAM) and global configurations of the UFS and spans the entire forecast system from initialization through postprocessing. The work includes
• Technical activities related to code management and integration.
• Support to community collaborators in adding their innovations to the code using well-established protocols.
• Preparation and delivery of educational materials such as documentation and tutorials.
(2) Conduct testing and evaluation of UFS applications, both for software integrity and for scientific assessment of modeling innovations for potential transition to operations at the National Weather Service.
(3) Engage in additional activities in NWP related to ongoing projects in GSD, including both regional and global modeling.
    Qualifications  Required qualifications:
• M.S. degree in atmospheric or related science
• Experience with NWP
• Strong computational skills and proficiency in one or more programming languages
• Experience in using High-Performance Computing Systems
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
• Availability to travel at the level of 2-3 trips/year
Desirable qualifications:
• Experience with NWP systems that utilize the FV3 dynamic core
• Experience with data assimilation for initialization of NWP models, and specifically with the Gridpoint Statistical Interpolator (GSI)
• Experience with postporcessing tools, such as NOAA’s Unified Post Processor and Vortex Tracker
• Experience with providing training and support for NWP systems
• Experience with NWP verification and assessment
• Experience with Fortran90, Python, and Unix shell scripting
• Experience with software for revision control management, such as Git.

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