Professional Research Asst

CIRES/SWPC Professional Research Assistant

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a full-time Professional Research Assistant to work with the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), located in Boulder, Colorado.
Our mission at SWPC is to deliver a real operational coupled Whole Atmosphere Model - Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Electrodynamics (WAM-IPE) model and products in the near future, as highly expected from NCEP. This job encompasses the development, maintenance, and management of the Whole Atmosphere Model system code on the NOAA/NCEP supercomputers. The job location will be with the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, Colorado, United States. The job may require travel to Washington D.C. several times a year. The appointment is expected to begin as soon as possible after 1st October 2016.

Under the supervision of the WAM project manager and project scientist, develop and maintain the WAM on the computers of the NOAA Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).
Maintain and develop the WAM code and keep it available for runs-on-demand.
Run model on demand for test, evaluation, and validation.
Maintain version control of the code
Develop and run scientific visualization package
Develop and run post-processing analyses for evaluation of model output.
Assist in development of the real-time WAM and WAM Data Assimilation Systems.
Participate in model validation activities

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
Scientific Expertise:
Working knowledge of weather and/or space weather models
Programming and Code Development:
Experience working with a variety of operating systems and environments including Windows and Linux.
Experience in development of parallel codes in FORTRAN is required. Proficient in variety of computer languages such as C, Python, Perl, IDL, etc... is desired.
Experience with using complex numerical models, debugging, performance analysis, benchmarking, and tuning.
Experience in working on parallel computers with Linux operating systems.
Familiarity and knowledge of scalable parallel techniques and programming, such as MPI, OpenMP, and/or GPU.
Ability to clearly document and maintain version control of codes
Understanding of validation and verification techniques for model performance assessment.
Ability to establish good working relationships with the programmers and scientists who develop the models


A B.Sc. degree in physics, space physics, atmospheric sciences, or a related field
Experience working with and developing weather or space weather models on super computers and in a parallel computing environment.

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.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, 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 - Lit of three references and all contact information. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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: Aug 30, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempseu

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00178053


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