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[Met-jobs] Scientific Programmer with Focus on Integrated Earth System Modeling and Analysis

From Rob Nicholas <>
Date Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:19:47 -0500

Scientific Programmer with Focus on Integrated Earth System Modeling and Analysis

The newly-established Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) seeks outstanding candidates for a scientific programmer position with a focus on integrated Earth system modeling and analysis.

SCRiM, which is centered at Penn State, links 19 universities and five research institutes across six nations to address the question: What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies? This new research network catalyzes transdisciplinary, decision-relevant research to characterize climate risks and the trade-offs associated with risk management instruments such as mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering. The network provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development.

Candidates for the Scientific Programmer position should have a bachelors degree (master’s degree or Ph.D. preferred) and be proficient in relevant languages such as Fortran, C, R, NCL, and/or Matlab. The ideal candidate will have a background in Earth system science (e.g. atmospheric science, glaciology, oceanography), hydrology, environmental science, or applied mathematics/statistics and demonstrated experience in a subset of the following areas:

  1. developing/modifying/coupling geophysical and/or economic models,
  2. working with large datasets in formats such as NetCDF,
  3. working in a high-performance (clustered) computing environment,
  4. Linux system administration, and/or
  5. web development and content management systems.

Working in a dynamic transdisciplinary environment, the Scientific Programmer will perform a wide variety of tasks including but not limited to coupling of model components, processing and analysis of observational data and climate model output, development of web-enabled visualization and analysis tools, and general support of the project’s cyberinfrastructure. In general, we seek a flexible and proactive team player who enjoys learning about and solving new scientific and computational problems.

To apply, please email a single PDF file (maximum 8 MB) containing a cover letter, a CV (maximum two pages), a one-page summary of relevant projects you have worked on, reprints of one or two relevant publications (if applicable), and contact information for at least three references to

This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Initial appointment will be for one year with excellent possibility of renewal. The salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, and will comply with Penn State University guidelines.  Successful completion of a background check is required prior to employment.

To learn more about SCRiM, please visit our website at For specific inquiries regarding the position, contact Robert Nicholas, Managing Director (

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Robert Nicholas
Managing Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM)
Research Associate, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (EESI)
Pennsylvania State University

post: 2217 EES Building, University Park, PA 16802
voice: +1 (814) 865-4484

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