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[Met-jobs] Atmospheric Sciences Researcher for Numerical Weather Forecast and Climate Prediction Research and Development

From "Dempsey, Karen" <>
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Date Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:28:02 -0600

Atmospheric Sciences Researcher for Numerical Weather Forecast and Climate Prediction Research and Development

CIRES/GSD Research Associate/ Research Scientist II

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks to fill a research associate position for numerical weather forecast and climate prediction model research and development. This position will be within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), Global Systems Division (GSD) in Boulder, Colorado (office will be in Boulder).


Background:  The Global Systems Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory has developed a three-dimensional finite-volume Non-hydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM) for earth system modeling supporting weather forecasts and climate predictions. NIM is a multi-scale global model designed to run at kilometer-scale resolution on multiple CPU-based and graphical processing unit-based (GPU-based) high-performance computing systems in order to explicitly predict high-impact weather events such as tropical cyclones and heavy orographic precipitation as well as convective macro-phenomenon like the Madden-Julien Oscillation. After successfully developing and testing the dynamical core and physical packages, the NIM modeling group is preparing data from the National Center for Environmental Prediction’s (NCEP’s) Gridded Statistical Interpolation (GSI) to initialize NIM for medium-range weather forecasts at very high resolution. An atmospheric sciences researcher is being sought to continue research and development of NIM for multi-scale high-resolution simulations to improve multi-scale weather forecasts and intra-seasonal climate predictions.


Responsibilities:  The incumbent will work with the NIM scientific team from NOAA and various universities on NIM model research and development as well as verification.  Responsibilities will include the following tasks:

  • Preparing and testing NIM modeling systems for multi-scale weather forecasts at very high resolutions.
  • Analyzing and predicting high-impact weather events with high-resolution NIM simulations.
  • Designing and running NIM for intra-seasonal simulations at various resolutions on multiple CPU-based or GPU-based high-performance computing systems to assess the impact of cloud parameterizations on tropical convective cloud systems.
  • Initializing, running, and verifying NIM medium-range weather forecasts with standard verification matrix.
  • Running and displaying very high resolution global model results with state-of-art visualization packages.



  • Doctorate degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or other related fields with at least five years of post-doctoral experience in atmospheric modeling.
  • Experience in running and diagnosing numerical weather prediction models and/or seasonal climate model simulations as well as debugging atmospheric models are required.
  • Research interest in mesoscale processes such as mountain waves and/or tropical equatorial waves along with numerical experience in the sensitivity study of atmospheric processes are highly desirable.
  • Current working knowledge of programming languages (Fortran-90 and scripting preferred) in a Linux environment is required. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and cooperatively with a diverse team of researchers.

The position will be filled as a Research Associate at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation (for a 100% position) per year.

Applicants need to apply at:

Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the required documents:

1-Cover letter

2- Curriculum Vitae

3- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts)

4- All contact information for 3 references familiar with the applicant's professional qualifications for the position.


The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment.    



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