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[Met-jobs] Statistical Modelling Analyst Position at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (Canada)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:42:41 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

PCIC is currently seeking to hire a Statistical Modelling Analyst. The
Statistical Modelling Analyst will analyse and model regional climate
data as part of a multi‐disciplinary team consisting of PCIC
climatologists and research collaborators. The incumbent will provide
the primary support to quality check, analyse, model, and document near
surface temperature data from a dense station network in the Okanagan
basin, British Columbia.

This is a full-time, six month term commitment.

Application: Please send your application with a CV, including three
professional references. Address cover letter and application to Alex
Cannon, <climate@uvic.ca>, with “ATTN: Statistical Modelling Analyst
Position” in the subject line. Please indicate whether you are legally
able to work in Canada.

Closing date: September 25th 2013.

Please visit <http://www.pacificclimate.org/about-pcic/careers> or see
below and attachment for more details.Job Posting: Statistical Modelling
Analyst

Closing Date: September 25th 2013

PCIC is seeking to hire a Statistical Modelling Analyst

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess
climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of
the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the
capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to
provide the scientific basis for development of policy. PCIC is a
regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that
provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate
variability and change. Through collaboration with climate researchers
and regional stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support
of long-term planning. See http://www.PacificClimate.org for more
information.

Challenge

The Statistical Modelling Analyst will analyse and model regional
climate data as part of a multi‐disciplinary team consisting of PCIC
climatologists and research collaborators. The incumbent will provide
the primary support to quality check, analyse, model, and document near
surface temperature data from a dense station network in the Okanagan
basin, British Columbia.

Nature of Work

The Statistical Modelling Analyst works under the supervision of the
Research Climatologist. The position will also receive strong scientific
and technical guidance from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Research Scientists and staff at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre
in Summerland, British Columbia. This position is ideal for a recent
graduate interested in developing applied research and analytical skills
and working with regional scientists.

A prototype spatiotemporal statistical model identifying terrain and
weather controls on near surface temperatures in the Okanagan region
will be developed in the GNU R programming language. The model will
incorporate observational data from a network of inexpensive temperature
loggers provided by AAFC in Summerland, terrain layers provided by AAFC
in Summerland/ and meso-/synoptic-scale weather variables from numerical
weather prediction and reanalysis products. The goal is to assess the
accuracy and uncertainty of downscaled fine-scale gridded surface
temperatures for the Okanagan basin at sub-daily temporal resolution.

Accountabilities

· Assemble a digital archive of existing AAFC near surface temperature
data from a dense network of temperature sensors in the Okanagan basin,
British Columbia, including appropriate metadata and documentation.

· Perform and document data quality assessment and quality checking
(QA/QC) of the near surface temperature archive.

· Develop and validate a prototype spatiotemporal statistical model
identifying terrain and weather controls on data in the near surface
temperature archive. Potential to explore novel extensions of existing
methods to improve model performance.

· Support scientists with other analysis tasks.

· Produce a summary report describing the data processing, modeling and
validation steps.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge and Experience

· Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study (such as statistics,
computer science, geosciences, environmental sciences, or engineering).

· Programming experience in GNU R.

· Experience with statistical modelling, model diagnostics, and model
validation. 


· Experience with scientific data processing and analysis.

· Experience performing independent research an asset.

· Climatology or agricultural science background an asset.


· Knowledge of the Okanagan basin an asset.

Skill

· Excellent computer and programming skills.

· Excellent written communication skills.

· GIS skills an asset

Ability

· Ability to manage time series and spatial data.

· Work with team members and co‐workers effectively.

· Willing to be flexible with job duties.

Employment period

6 month term

Weekly working hours

Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Pay rate

$20.00/hour.

Additional information: Address enquiries to Alex Cannon at
<climate@uvic.ca>.

Application: Please send your application with a CV, including three
professional references.

Address cover letter and application to Alex Cannon, <climate@uvic.ca>,
with “ATTN: Statistical Modelling Analyst Position” in the subject line.
Please indicate whether you are legally able to work in Canada.

Thank you.





Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

University House 1 | PO Box 3060 STN CSC

University of Victoria | Victoria BC Canada V8W 3R4

Tel: 250.472.4682 | Fax: 250.721.7217 | http://www.PacificClimate.org



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