Associate Scientist II/III

Location
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, New Jersey (US)
Posted
Nov 27, 2018
Closes
Dec 27, 2018
Education Level
Bachelors
Job Type
Full-time
Relocation Cost
Paid

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 support the research activities related to modeling and understanding ocean and cryosphere change and variability, and their interactions with atmospheric circulation and marine ecosystems.

One research focus is improved understanding of the change and variability of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) and associated impacts on regional and global scale climate phenomena, which is crucial for interpreting the historical records and projecting future climate change and variability.

The Associate Scientist will play an essential role in analyzing climate model outputs in comparison with available observational datasets and carrying out scientific perturbation experiments to support the above research activities on large-scale ocean dynamics and associated impacts in the earth system.

Responsibilities:

  • Conducting scientific perturbation experiments to support research activities on large-scale ocean dynamics and associated impacts in the earth system using ocean/climate models and observations, solving the technical difficulties in designing and modifying the perturbation experiments, and documenting the experimental results in technical report and peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Analyzing climate model results in comparison with available observational datasets, applying statistical tools to large simulated/observed datasets, identifying and understanding climate modeling biases, and documenting the analyzed results in technical report and peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • May author technical reports, scientific publications, and present papers at seminars and scientific meetings.

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 climate dynamics (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 climate dynamics (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:

  • Background in ocean/climate dynamics
  • Proven skill in running and using ocean and coupled climate models
  • Diagnostic skills in analyzing simulated and observed datasets
  • Programming in Fortran, Matlab, Ferret, and Python
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on research related to 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:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

 

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