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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Assistant Research Scientist, Computer Analyst at the Western Regional Climate Center (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:36:28 +0000

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Employment Announcement
Posting Number 0600083
Assistant Research Scientist, Computer Analyst
Western Regional Climate Center
Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Desert Research Institute
Reno Nevada

The Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC) seeks a computer analyst
for the development, enhancement, access, and visualization of climate
databases to meet research needs of an alliance of universities and
agencies. These needs span historical and ongoing station
observations, gridded or interpolated fine-resolution fields of
hydroclimatic elements or model output, data integration, climate
monitoring methods, data search and interactive access and
visualization tools, quality control, and applications for climate
adaptation that make use of projected conditions. This individual will
help plan and implement a transition in WRCC data and information

The work will be on behalf of and supported by the newly established
Southwest Climate Science Center (SW-CSC) managed by the US Department
of Interior (USDI), headquartered at the University of Arizona. The
SW-CSC is a joint federal-university enterprise, comprised of six
"partner" academic institutions (including the WRCC host for this
position) that form the Southwest Climate Alliance (SWCA) serving the
six most southwestern U.S. states. This position is to facilitate and
support research activities of a large number of partner and affiliate
universities, USDI agencies, and in addition a cohort of post-docs at
the SWCA institutions. Participation in such research is also
encouraged. The capabilities will also serve the needs of the newly
formed Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The individual performing
this function must be able to effectively serve the needs of the
scientific community, resource managers, USDI agency personnel, and
other participants as they arise. These capabilities will also serve
counterpart Climate Science Centers in adjoining regions covered by

The position will be physically located at the Desert Research
Institute (DRI) in Reno. The work will be closely coordinated with
national efforts under way within the NOAA Regional Climate Center
(RCC) Program, including ongoing development, evaluation, and
utilization of the RCC Applied Climate Information System (ACIS). The
analyst will be part of a team providing leadership in developing
cross-regional components that serve all 50 states. The selected
individual will report to and work closely with the WRCC Regional
Climatologist and Director.

Institutional Setting

WRCC is housed within the Division of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) of
DRI at the Northern Nevada Science Center overlooking the city of Reno
and the Sierra Nevada/Tahoe area. DRI and DAS have an extensive
history in environmental measurement and analysis, and an especially
strong tradition in atmospheric research and atmospheric
monitoring. WRCC has close ties with the Program for Climate,
Ecosystem and Fire Applications, and with numerous agencies, groups,
and activities throughout the West and elsewhere. WRCC, DAS, and DRI
are involved in a rapidly growing array of diverse and interconnected
studies in which the atmosphere is a significant factor. WRCC plays an
active role in the development of climate services at regional and
national levels.

DRI, a component of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE),
functions in a combined academic and entrepreneurial setting, strongly
encourages creativity and individual initiative, actively facilitates
professional development, and promotes high performance for all
faculty and staff.

Required Qualifications:

* computer science, mathematics, physics, or physical science
    from an accredited institution
* Proficiency in Python, C, and object-oriented programming
* Experience with TCP/IP network programming (client/server)
* Unix / Linux experience with scripting and command-line interface
* Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills
* Ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary team-oriented
    research environment
* Ability and willingness to document / describe efforts to varied audiences
* Familiarity with both established and emerging data manipulation

Preferred Qualifications:   Greater consideration will be given to those
who possess these skills and attributes:

* A strong background in atmospheric and climate science
* Masters degree or higher
* Familiarity with observational networks, techniques, equipment
* Experience in working with large temporal and spatial data sets
* Strong organizational skills and familiarity with version control
* Understanding of sql / nosql, with emphasis on binary data structures
* Experience in statistics and quantitative methods in physical science
* Ability to effectively represent work to sponsors and to technical


The position would be filled at a Rank II Research Associate
level. DRI salaries are competitive and commensurate with
qualifications. DRI's benefits package includes health, dental,
vision, life and long-term disability insurance, 12.25% matching
retirement by DRI, retirement options through VALIC, TIAA-CREF and/or
Fidelity, paid annual and sick leave, 11 paid holidays, tuition
reduction at NSHE institutions for employee, spouse and
dependents. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social
security deduction.


A hands-on programming task will be included for position
finalists. The individual who is offered and accepts this position
must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date of the
position, a copy of the transcript(s) up to the highest degree he/she
acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the
United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher
Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Posting Date:          11-04-2011
Closing Date:          January 6 but will be open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:  The following materials will be
*required* to submit or attach when you apply on-line:

1) current curriculum vitae;
2) a cover letter addressing required and preferred abilities;
3) a statement describing research interests, experience and career goals;
4) names and contact information for three professional work-related
references; and
5) an unofficial copy of transcripts showing highest degree attained.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled; however priority will be given to applications
received by January 6, 2012.

General inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Kelly
Redmond, (<>, 775-674-7011) or Dr. Tim Brown
(<>, 775-674-7090). To learn more about WRCC visit:
<>; about DRI: <>; about DAS: <>.

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