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Fire Weather Applications Researcher, RA III

Colorado State University, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
Boulder, Colorado, NOAA Global Systems Lab
$80,000 - $120,000 Dependent on qualifications
Closing date
Jan 6, 2024

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The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) with Colorado State University (CSU) seeks to fill a full time, professional research associate position to conduct collaborative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) in Boulder, CO. The office for this position is located in Boulder, CO, at a federal facility, and requires the ability to pass a tier one federal background check for building and HPC access. An onsite presence at the laboratory in Boulder, CO is required with part-time telework available.   

This position is situated within the Earth Prediction Advancement Division (EPAD) of GSL and serves both the Scientific Computing Branch (SCB) and the Atmospheric Composition Branch (ACB) within GSL/EPAD.  SCB conducts physical and computational scientific research in support of innovative, impactful and future-oriented NOAA forecast and analysis systems.  ACB conducts research on modeling of fire weather and atmospheric composition. 

The SCB and ACB seek candidates with a strong background in atmospheric and computational sciences with experience in convective boundary layer phenomenology, Geophysical or Computational Fluid Dynamics to collaborate on model application and development and in-depth characterization using both idealized test cases and observations. Experience with lidar and/or radar data is desirable for validating model capabilities. The primary application area will be inherent fire dynamics, smoke plume rise and evolution, dispersion, and fire-weather interactions. The successful candidate will have strong scientific software engineering skills, preferably in C++ or Fortran and an ability to run on large HPC systems. This position will report to the Sr. Computational Scientist. 

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