Research Associate

Boulder, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

CIRES/ESRL Research Associate Tropical Cyclone Verification Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) have an immediate opening for a part-time research associate with expertise in verification of tropical cyclones. The scientist will work on the development of a package of tropical cyclone verification software and web application tools in order to support model development within the Assimilation Development Branch of the ESRL Global Systems Division. This position is part-time, requiring a commitment of 30-50% time, with some flexibility to negotiate time.

This package will produce state-of-the-art metrics to evaluate tropical cyclone position and intensity error, plus tropical cyclone genesis. The toolset will ingest data from multiple international global NWP model outputs; will manipulate data as needed to produce a common base for Intercomparison; will create interactive, web-based tools to produce metrics from available data for model comparison; and will support code to generate tropical cyclone forecast tracks from NWP model output.

This scientist will also provide meteorological expertise to guide development of appropriate metrics and to analyze and interpret results.

The successful candidate will have an appointment within the Assimilation Development Branch of the ESRL Global Systems Division, which conducts extensive model/assimilation development at global and regional scales.


Required Qualifications
• Ph.D. or M.S. in atmospheric or related science
• In-depth experience with tropical cyclone meteorology and prediction
• Expertise with verification of tropical cyclones
• Understanding of algorithms for generating tropical cyclone tracks from NWP model output
• Detailed knowledge of and experience with data formats and conventions used by the National Hurricane Center.
• Experience with evaluating multiple global and regional NWP models.
• Experience with Python and Unix shell scripting.
• Experience with web applications for dissemination of tropical cyclone data.
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
• Desire to improve NOAA operational modeling
    An excellent command of the English language, with experience in writing scientific publications.

Desirable Qualifications:
• Experience with software revision control languages, preferably git.
• Good understanding of and willingness to adhere to software development best practices.
• Experience with high-performance computing systems.
    Interest in evaluating and implementing new technologies to enhance software and systems in support of model assessment. Knowledge of WMO standards related to tropical cyclone meteorology and verification methods.

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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; 4 -One 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: Part-time

Posting Date: Dec 12, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Karen Dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00675052