CIRES Geophysical Data Assimilation and Modeling Specialist

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Research
Functional Areas: Research Institutes and Labs
Department: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Requisition Number: 13242
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

We seek a Geophysical Data Assimilation and Modeling Specialist to investigate the prospects for rapid data assimilation and modeling of volcanic data at Yellowstone caldera, WY, into a new computational science infrastructure. Specifically, the goals of this research are to (1) identify the appropriate assimilation method for incorporating a variety of disparate geophysical data sets into an innovative modeling framework, and (2) assess the error profile and impacts of the associated outputs for rapid response products. The participant is encouraged to develop new and novel approaches to these problems and extend their work to other geographical domains. This research position will provide professional development opportunities in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary environment, with the potential to participate in education and outreach activities.

Research will be conducted within the University of Colorado’s prestigious Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences ( and the Department of Geological Sciences, and UNAVCO (University NAVSTAR Consortium;, located in Boulder, CO, and with other scientists and stakeholders.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What You Should Know

The position is full-time with a full benefit package. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of annual renewal based on performance and the availability of funds.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

We seek a candidate with strong quantitative and analytical skills, and extensive experience with seismic and geodetic data sets. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Geophysics or related scientific field with a strong emphasis on data analysis, and statistical and numerical modeling.

What You Will Need

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Technical writing skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Computer programming in C, Matlab and Python is desirable.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Proof of degree in either a transcript confirming highest degree or a copy of diploma.
  4. If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only the search committee.

Screening will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Karen Dempsey

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 10/14/2018
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