Professional Research Asst

Boulder, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

CIRES/ PSD Professional Research Assistant
Computer Scientist for Data Assimilation Dataset Development

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a professional research assistant with significant experience running weather forecast models and/or data assimilation systems. The candidate will work with scientists in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory/Physical Sciences Division (PSD). The candidate will have several responsibilities related to the production of a new NOAA global atmospheric reanalysis data set. This position will be located in Boulder, Colorado.

Job responsibilities:

(1) Develop and modify scripts that control the cycled work flow that produces multiple decades of retrospective gridded analyses of the atmospheric state. These are produced by cycling operational NOAA weather forecast models and data assimilation schemes.
(2) Monitor the progress of the cycled production; diagnose and fix problems.
(3) Archive the analysis and observational data in a manner that permits ready access by potential users. Monitor the archive to make sure that there is no missing data.
(4) Work with other scientists to incorporate improvements to the underlying data assimilation methodologies.

The applicant will be expected to work with PSD, NOAA, and other agency staff in a team environment. She/he will also work with PSD staff to document and present the results in the form of journal articles, seminars, and conference presentations.

Pending the job performance and capabilities, the applicant may lead the overall team activity in developing and producing a next-generation global reanalysis data set.



Technical qualifications include a B.S. or M.S degree in computer science, atmospheric science, or related discipline, and at least two years experience running weather forecast models and/or data assimilation methods on supercomputers. Experience with ensemble-based data assimilation methods is desirable but not essential. The applicant should have demonstrated experience developing structured code in Fortran90, C, python, and/or UNIX scripting. Experience with OpenMP and MPI is desirable.

The applicant should be able to speak and write English well. The candidate will be expected to be able to both work independently and in a team environment. Some travel may be required, at the level of 1-2 trips/year.


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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 - Letter of Recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10080 - Coop Inst Res/Envrm Sci - Dir

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 23, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00686614