Research Associate

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CIRES/ PSD Ensemble-Based Data Assimilation Development

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a research scientist to develop and test next-generation ensemble-based data assimilation capabilities for NOAA's global numerical weather prediction system. This work will be performed at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in collaboration with colleagues at ESRL (primarily Drs. J. Whitaker and T. Hamill) and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

Job Responsibilities :

• Improving the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) system that provides the ensemble used to estimate the background-error covariance within NOAA's operational hybrid ensemble-variational data assimilation system. This will include improving the treatments of model uncertainty and sampling error.

• Improving the use of satellite radiances in the EnKF.

• Incorporating the ensemble-based covariance estimate in the variational observation quality control algorithm.

• Running extensive, controlled retrospective tests of the cycled data-assimilation/forecast system, and analyzing the impacts of potential system upgrades.

• Working closely with NCEP to manage the transition of successfully tested upgrades into operations.

• Publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals describing the research results.

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.



Technical qualifications a Ph. D. degree in atmospheric science, or related discipline, and at least two years experience in atmospheric or oceanic data assimilation research. Experience with hybrid ensemble-variational data assimilation systems is desirable but not essential. The applicant should have demonstrated experience developing structured code in Fortran90, UNIX scripting, and running jobs on high-performance supercomputers. Experience with the python programming language is desirable.

The applicant should be able to speak and write English well. The candidates 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, 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: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 14, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00674814





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Posted: 4/23/2017
Application Due: 6/21/2017
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