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Research Physical Scientist (Coupled Model Developer)

NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory
Boulder, Colorado
ZP 3 - $80,665 - $125,685 per year
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Jun 20, 2024

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) has an opening for a Research Physical Scientist (Coupled Model Developer) in the Modeling and Data Assimilation (MDA) Division in Boulder, Colorado.

The MDA Division advances understanding and predictions of climate and weather using NOAA’s Unified Forecast System (UFS) across a wide range of timescales, working with the community of UFS developers to improve the forecast model and data assimilation system, as well as developing diagnostic tools and supporting reanalysis/reforecast datasets.

The Research Physical Scientist position is responsible for developing and testing regional coupled applications of NOAA’s Unified Forecast System, and in collaboration with other scientists, integrating cutting-edge research on the representation of physical processes into these applications.

The initial focus will be on developing a high-resolution regional application over the Arctic focused on coupled sea-ice/ocean/atmosphere forecast applications. Other applications include high-resolution coupled ocean/atmosphere predictions of atmospheric rivers for West Coast precipitation and boundary layer winds for offshore wind energy.

The PSL MDA Research Physical Scientist is expected to:

  • Configure and extend the UFS coupled model software infrastructure to create regional coupled applications that can be applied to specific prediction research problems.
  • Work with other PSL researchers to apply knowledge of coupled earth system modeling to improve the representation of coupled processes involving the atmospheric planetary boundary layer, the ocean mixed layer and sea-ice in the UFS.
  • Execute workflows on high-performance computing systems to generate retrospective forecasts using these new regional coupled UFS applications, and evaluate their potential to improve operational predictions.
  • Integrate these advancements into the authoritative UFS code repository that is used for NOAA operational prediction applications.

The official duties as included on the job announcement are:

  • Apply knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods of Earth System Sciences to independently or as a member of a team design, develop, test, and evaluate new applications of the UFS coupled Earth System model, including sea-ice prediction in the Arctic and atmospheric river prediction along the west coast of the U.S.
  • Perform research focused on improving prediction of the Earth System involving multiple components (including atmosphere, land, ocean, and sea-ice) using the NOAA UFS.
  • Apply knowledge of coupled earth system modeling to improve the representation of coupled processes involving the atmospheric planetary boundary layer, the ocean mixed layer and sea-ice in the NOAA UFS.
  • Contribute to research findings that may be shared at the National and International level meetings and documented in published articles and reports. Participate in forums focused on improving the use of observations of the coupled climate system to improve predictions.

Eligibility requirements such as education and specialized experience apply. Please see the official job announcement on USAJOBS for more information.


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