Associate Scientist II/III

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, New Jersey (US)
Nov 27, 2018
Dec 27, 2018
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Where You Will Work:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, UCAR Community Programs (UCP) offers a suite of innovative resources, tools, and services for the atmospheric and Earth science community.  UCP was created in 1992 to manage a number of unique programs requested by the UCAR community.

This position will be located at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, NJ.

NOAA/GFDL studies the earth system primarily using numerical models. It is a mission-oriented laboratory with a wide range of objectives including model development and furthering the scientific understanding of the earth system.

What You Will Do:

The Associate Scientist will work within the Ocean and Cryosphere Division of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) to assist in the development and use of ocean and ice models for research into the role of the ocean and cryosphere in the earth system.


  • Executing and managing production numerical simulations using GFDL ocean/ice and coupled earth system models to fulfill the research and model development plans within the ocean-cryosphere division
  • Quality control of GFDL ocean/ice and coupled earth system model output for dissemination to public data storage sites using available standard tools to support the model/data sharing effort for scientists within the ocean-cryosphere division
  • Collaborate in designing, collecting, compiling, processing, analyzing and interpreting simulated ocean data from research activities at GFDL using realistic global ocean and coupled earth system models to understand the role of the ocean and cryosphere in the earth system
  • Technical support for the ocean and cryosphere models for scientists within the oceans-cryosphere division, the broader GFDL community, and external collaborators and assist in analyzing numerical model output using a variety of tools including Python.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

For II Level:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two to three years of experience as an Associate Scientist I (or equivalent position) in scientific research in physical oceanography or geosciences (or closely related field) with evidence of professional progress as described above, or additional education (as in a program leading to a Master’s degree).

 For III Level:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience as an Associate Scientist II (or equivalent position) in scientific research in physical oceanography or geosciences (or closely related field). Experience should provide evidence of considerable professional progress leading to the level of knowledge and skills outlined above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Using ocean, ice, and climate numerical simulation codes.
  • Programming in Fortran, Python, C, and XML.
  • Working with large datasets stored in netCDF.
  • Visualizing and analyzing multi-dimensional gridded datasets with Python.
  • Scripting with various shells including CSH and bash.
  • Source code project management (version control) specifically with GIT.
  • Use and development of continuous-integration systems.
  • Contributing to open source software projects in global earth-system modeling communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on research into ocean-climate dynamics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with an emphasis in technical communication.

Applicant Notes:

This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance requirements.

Starting Salary range for II level: $66,000 - $73,000

Starting salary range for III level: $82,000 - $91,000

Type: Full-time, Exempt

Position Term:  One year initial term with the possibility of renewal

Relocation: Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Retirement Plan
  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

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