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Areas of Intereset: Research
Functional Areas: Research Institutes and Labs
Department: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Requisition Number: 13970
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder collaborates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located at the Earth System Research Lab (ESRL), Global Systems Division (GSD) in Boulder, CO.

FACETs (Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats) is a proposed modernization of the NWS’s 1960s-era deterministic, product-centric methodologies into a calibrated system delivering a continuous stream of high-resolution, probabilistic forecast information about weather hazards. This continuous stream of information would extend from days to within minutes-scale of an impending or ongoing hazardous weather event. FACETs is conceived as a R2O framework spanning all physical-, social- and technology-related developments and transitions necessary to accomplish this type of weather forecast information modernization. FACETs is extensible to all environmental hazards and has been a high R2O priority of the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and NWS over the last few years. FACETS consists of many projects primarily located at GSD and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman Oklahoma.

GSD is seeking someone to assist in the coordination of the FACETs program (50%) time in order to foster and facilitate FACETs-related research across multiple OAR Labs and Programs. The other 50% will be split between NSSL and GSD for the purposes of FACETs-related research analysis and liaising among various partners.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute 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.

GSD's Mission: The Global Systems Division (GSD) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) conducts world-class applied research and directed development resulting in technology transfer of environmental data, models, products, and services that enhance environmental understanding with the outcome of supporting commerce, supporting NWS in protecting life and property, and promoting a scientifically literate public.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Coordination of FACETs-related Activities (50% time)

  • Organize conference calls, meetings, and special events (seminars, workshops, evaluation activities, etc.) related to OAR FACETs activities.
  • Develop mechanisms to foster communications across all program participants.
  • Monitor existing work plans and proposals to ensure proposed research is complementary, leverages each other’s work, and minimizes redundancy.
  • Review strategic plans.
  • Identify areas for new and/or underrepresented FACETs-related research.
  • Identify links between ongoing fundamental research and applications.
  • Represent OAR FACETs related activities at conferences or meetings.

Researcher (50% time)

  • For both GSD and NSSL.
  • Participate in FACETs-related research.
  • Identify new areas of FACETs-related research.
  • Suggest strategies for transitioning current FACETs-related research into operations.
  • Assist in setting strategic goals to enmesh FACETs-related research into lab activities.
  • Serve as the NSSL co-liaison to The Alliance, participating their activities as required and communicating job opportunities.
  • Keep laboratory leadership informed of FACETs-related activities that further weather resilience objectives.
  • Liaise with the NWS on FACETs. Assist in communicating laboratory strengths and abilities to NWS partners.

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

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

  • MS degree in Meteorology or closely related field.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency (Green Card Holder).
  • Pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, Federal background check).

What You Will Need

  • Experience in organizing meetings.
  • Ability to analyze research projects/proposals in order to identify synergies and duplications.
  • Ability to think creatively with respect to new research or funding opportunities.
  • Advanced communication skills in order to relate ideas, results, and plans to management and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated reliability, self-motivation, and organization.
  • Experience with meteorological and/or social science research projects.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in developing innovative communication strategies.
  • Experience transitioning one or more products to operations.
  • Experience serving as a liaison between organizations.
  • Knowledge of the social science impacts of weather forecasting products.
  • Knowledge of the FACETs program.
  • Experience writing reports and giving presentations.

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. List of contact information for 3 references who would be willing to write a recommendation letter if you are selected as the finalist.
  • 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 (can be one of the 3 noted above). 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: Nancy Lathrop

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2018
Application Due: 11/11/2018
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