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[Met-jobs] Atmospheric Physicist to join Spire's weather team in Boulder, CO

From David Wilson <>
Date Fri, 13 May 2016 16:16:22 +0800


Spire Global ( is looking for an experienced Atmospheric Physicist to join our team in Boulder, CO. If you're interested, please read the following description and apply directly via the link provided.  

Atmospheric Physicist

at Spire 
Boulder, CO

 Spire Global is seeking several NWP (Numerical Weather Prediction) modelers for the implementation and validation of its research weather forecast systems in order to test the value of large numbers of Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO) soundings. To implement and improve Spire modeling systems for data testing, Spire Global is seeking several NWP modelers to integrate and test the next-generation physical parameterization package, to verify and validate model forecasts with state-of-art verification packages, and to undertake synoptic and mesoscale weather analysis and forecasts with Spire’s research model and data. This is an exciting opportunity for motivated scientists to team work with NWP modelers, data assimilation and computer scientists in Spire as well as scientists from around the world to assimilate unprecedented large amounts of GNSS-RO satellite data to make weather forecasts better. The successful candidates will join the NWP research team at Spire branch office in Boulder, Colorado, USA.


Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will work with Spire NWP team members to lead the implementation and integration of NWP community physics suites into Spire research weather forecast systems to test large amounts of R-O data. Responsibilities will include following tasks: 

  • Upgrading the current physics package in Spire research model with the next-generation community physics package (GFS-based) through collaboration with NCAR Developmental Testbed Center (DTC).
  • Studying the similarities and differences in basic physics formulations between the original and new physics packages (both are GFS-based packages).
  • Undertaking the control and parallel experimental runs on different resolutions to examine the impact of new physics package on model simulations.
  • Diagnosing and tuning physical parameterizations with emphasis on convective parameterizations and resolvable cloud microphysics to improve model simulations, in particular, precipitation.
  • Running Spire research model at sub-10km resolutions to assess the impact of physical parameterizations on synoptic and mesoscale weather systems.
  • Working with team members to assimilate high-resolution GNSS-RO satellite data to improve model simulations,
  • Presenting research findings at scientific conferences or workshops.



  • Applicant must have a Ph.D. degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or other related fields with at least five years’ post-doctoral experience in atmospheric modeling.
  •  In-depth knowledge and experience in state-of-art physical parameterizations (preferably GFS physics) suitable for high-resolution NWP models are required. 
  • Thorough knowledge and hand-on experience in convective parameterizations and resolvable cloud microphysics are highly desirable.
  • Hand-on experience with the use of GSI (Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation) surface parameters to initialize NWP models are desirable.
  • Fluent knowledge of programming languages (Fortran-90 and scripting) for debugging and optimizing codes in Linux/Unix environment is required. 
  • Demonstration of the ability to work as part of a development team is necessary.


David Wilson

Head of Talent, Asia

Spire Global Singapore Pte Limited

28 Maxwell Road #04-07, The Red Dot Traffic Building Singapore 069120


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