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[Met-jobs] Research Associate Position with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites/North Carolina State University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:35:54 +0000

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North Carolina State University

Research Associate (Precipitation)

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) is a
research institute formed through a consortium of academic, non-profit
and community organizations with leadership from the University of
Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and North Carolina State University (NCSU)
on behalf of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. CICS
provides foci for collaborative research and associated activities in
support of NOAA mission goals related to meteorological satellite and
climate data and information research and development.

Position Overview

This Research Associate will provide expertise in precipitation modeling
and analysis in fulfilling the following primary duties and
responsibilities:
- Develop high quality baseline hydrology and climate data sets from
satellite and in situ hydrology and climate data; trends from the
ground-based network with those observed from satellite
- Develop and implement calibration and validation activities and
approaches for high quality baseline climate data sets from satellite
and in situ observations relevant to documentation and detection of
climate change
- Design, develop and test scientific algorithms in situ climate data of
various time scales (hourly, daily, monthly, annually), methods to
detect and adjust for inhomogeneities due to issues like instrument
changes, or observing station moves and scientific analyses of
structural uncertainty due to these methods
- Development, refinement, and implementation of algorithms for daily,
global, multi-sensor, optimally interpolated Climate Data Records(CDR)
- Plan, develop and implement evaluation and troubleshooting tools and
applications to ensure integrity of data sets and other end products to
meet strict configuration and security controls applied to all codes,
products, and documentation
- Compare climate model fields with observations including development
of statistically robust approaches to do such comparisons
- Facilitate research to operation transitions between data set
development activities and the operational use of these data sets in
activities such as climate monitoring and climate research
- Ensure timely and accurate product deliveries to the CDR archive and
stewardship personnel

Primary Purpose of Position

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites(CICS)and the
National Climatic Data Center(NCDC)require experienced personnel to
support instrument, algorithm and product testing and evaluation
activities to help ensure quality climate data records and climate
information products consistent with the scientific goals and scientific
data quality requirements of NOAA stakeholders.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

- Develop high quality baseline hydrology and climate data sets from
satellite and in situ hydrology and climate data; trends from the
ground-based network with those observed from satellite;
- Develop and implement calibration and validation activities and
approaches for high quality baseline climate data sets from satellite
and in situ observations relevant to documentation and detection of
climate change;
- Design, develop and test scientific algorithms in situ climate data of
various time scales (hourly, daily, monthly, annually), methods to
detect and adjust for inhomogeneities due to issues like instrument
changes, or observing station moves and scientific analyses of
structural uncertainty due to these methods;
- Development of new approaches for processing and analysis of remotely
sensed precipitation;
- Development of comparisons between in situ and remote observations of
precipitation;
Development, refinement, and implementation of algorithms for daily,
global, multi-sensor, optimally interpolated Climate Data Records (CDR);
- Plan, develop and implement evaluation and troubleshooting tools and
applications to ensure integrity of data sets and other end products to
meet strict configuration and security controls applied to all codes,
products, and documentation;
- Compare climate model fields with observations including development
of statistically robust approaches to do such comparisons;
- Facilitate research to operation transitions between data set
development activities and the operational use of these data sets in
activities such as climate monitoring and climate research;
- Ensure timely and accurate product deliveries to the CDR archive and
stewardship personnel;

- Coordinate with data providers and other NOAA programs/projects, as
well as other teams and working groups
- Fully participate in unit (CICS-NC, RSAD, NCDC, etc) activities and
meetings
- Make timely presentations at appropriate scientific venues as
requested or needed
- Other related duties as assigned

Minimum Experience/Education

A Bachelor’s Degree.A Ph.D. in meteorology, atmospheric or environmental
sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, physics, engineering or
related Earth sciences field with at least 3 years experience in
scientific programming, analysis and/or relevant research working with
satellite data or other remotely sensed and in situ data OR a Masters
degree in one of the above fields with at least 7 years experience in
scientific programming, analysis and/or relevant research working with
satellite data or other remotely sensed and in situ data

Department Required Skills

Demonstrated knowledge of advanced statistical methods and proficiency
in developing operational code and computer applications using FORTRAN,
C, C++, etc in an Unix environment.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and solid
interpersonal skills with a demonstrated publication record. Ability to
multi-task and meet deadlines. Must be able to work independently as
well as make positive team contributions.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$60,000- $75,000 per annum

Annie L. Byrd
Program Specialist
NC State University
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
p) 828.271.4912
f) 828.257.3002
e) abyrd@cicsnc.org <mailto:abyrd@cicsnc.org>




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