Research Associate

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

CIRES/SWPC DSCOVR Post Doc Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a full-time Research Associate to work with the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
to support the DSCOVR solar wind mission. SWPC receives DSCOVR solar wind thermal plasma and magnetic field data in near-real-time and processes it to Level 2. CIRES is looking for applicants capable of producing science quality space weather products from the DSCOVR data. The successful applicant would work within the Applied Research and Testbed section of the Space Weather Prediction Center. The successful applicant will be expected to take the lead in producing the products for the benefit of SWPC forecasters and customers. In addition, SWPC is interested in research which enhances the ability to increase the utility of in-situ solar wind observations. There is also the opportunity to get involved with the operational WSA-Enlil model and investigating ensemble modeling possibilities and use of data assimilation. Funding is available for at least 3 years.

* Solar Wind Products
o Research products related to DSCOVR data that could be beneficial to SWPC forecasters and/or customers
o Determine product utility vs cost and work with SWPC to establish priorities.
o Create testbed versions of high priority products, with appropriate documentation and within an appropriate architecture to facilitate transition to operations.
* Conduct self-directed research related to space weather priorities, as time allows
* WSA-Enlil
o Conduct research into ensemble modeling with the operational WSA-Enlil model
o Conduct research into data assimilation with the operational WSA-Enlil model

* Ability to implement math models and algorithms as computer programs
* Ability to program in Exelis-VIS IDL, Python, or similar language.
* Ability to think critically and make independent decisions.
* Ability to publish peer reviewed articles.
* Familiarity with general principals of in-situ solar wind instrumentation
* Familiarity with solar coronal and solar wind physics, preferably demonstrated via a related degree and/or publication record
* General solar physics data analysis familiarity desired.
* Knowledge and/or experience of using data assimilation techniques is also desired

The successful candidate will have completed a Doctoral program in Physics or Engineering or closely related field.
Required qualifications include experience with in-situ instrument data analysis and programming skill in IDL, Python, or a similar language. Additional qualifications include a strong desire to be working in an operationally oriented environment, familiarity with solar wind plasma and/or magnetometer instrumentation, to have experience with MHD modeling of the solar wind, experience with ensemble modeling, or experience with data assimilation. Strong communication skills and the ability to think independently are essential.


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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: 00672858