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[Met-jobs] Postdoc in Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling

From Gerrit Hoogenboom <>
Date Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:03:59 -0700

Post-Doctoral or Research Associate in MESOSCALE METEOROLOGICAL MODELING

Washington State University has an extensive research and extension program in 
agrometeorology that involves an interdisciplinary team of scientists. Routine 
surface and soil observations are collected across many locations in Washington 
as part of the AgWeatherNet Program ( These observations 
are used for agricultural and environmental applications. Efforts are also 
underway to incorporate a weather prediction component based on the Weather 
Research and Forecasting (WRF) model for agricultural and environmental 
decision making such as freeze prediction and pest population/disease 
prediction, irrigation scheduling, etc. A research associate is needed to 
conduct model predictions and perform evaluation of the WRF model with mesonet 
data for integration into a web-based decision support system.

A Ph.D. in Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, 
Environmental Engineering or equivalent is required.  Advanced knowledge of 
numerical modeling and numerical weather prediction and experience using 
mesoscale models such as WRF is essential for this position.
Demonstrated skills in analyzing large datasets from model outputs, generating 
verification statistics, application of statistics in model evaluation and a 
good understanding of the atmospheric processes in the models are necessary. 
The incumbent will be responsible to process and interpret meteorological data 
for use in the WRF Model for regional down scaling, conduct model simulations 
using the WRF modeling system for case studies, and evaluate model output for a 
variety of environmental and agricultural applications.  Excellent computer and 
programming skills with personal computers and workstations are expected.  
Advanced knowledge of Unix/Linux computing environments, skill in programming 
(Fortran and/or C) and scripting languages (Python and/or Perl), and graphical 
display programs and WRF visualization tools is necessary. Good oral and 
written presentation skills of technical and scientific material are essential. 
 The candidate must also be willing to work effectively with a team of 
scientists to complete interdisciplinary projects, formulate proposals and 
participate in local and national science meetings/conferences.

This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. 
Washing State University provides excellent benefits for post-doctoral and 
research associates.

The position will be housed in the AgWeatherNet Program that is based at the 
Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) of Washington State 
University in Prosser, Washington. Prosser is conveniently located 
approximately 35 miles west of the Tri-City area.

If you are interested in this position, please e-mail your resume, a copy of 
your transcripts and names and contact information of at least three references 
to Gerrit Hoogenboom.  Please also include a cover letter that states how your 
experience and background meet the requirements of this position.

For further information, please contact Gerrit Hoogenboom, AgWeatherNet, 
Washington State University, Prosser, Washington 99350;


Gerrit Hoogenboom
Director, AgWeatherNet, and
Professor of Agrometeorology

Washington State University
24106 North Bunn Road
Prosser, Washington  99350-8694, USA
1-509-786-9371; Fax: 1-509-786-9370

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