|From||"Roger Brugge" <email@example.com>|
|Date||Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:36:28 +0000|
Forwarded from CLIMLIST... 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 infrastructure. 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 WRCC. 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: * B.S.in 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 technologies 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 research * Ability to effectively represent work to sponsors and to technical constituencies Salary/Benefits 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. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT 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, (<firstname.lastname@example.org>, 775-674-7011) or Dr. Tim Brown (<email@example.com>, 775-674-7090). To learn more about WRCC visit: <www.wrcc.dri.edu>; about DRI: <www.dri.edu>; about DAS: <www.das.dri.edu>. This posting can also be found at <http://www.dri.edu/employment> <https://positions.dri.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1324317086719>
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