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[Met-jobs] Post-Doc Position at NCAR (USA)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Wed, 1 Mar 2017 20:52:29 +0000

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Postdoc Researcher - Hydrological Modeling


This is a full-time, 2-year term position with possibility of an
extension. Initial consideration will be given to applications
received prior to March 2^nd 2017. Thereafter, applications will be
reviewed on an as-needed basis.

NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) – Hydrometeorology
Applications Program (HAP)

No relocation package is offered for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

Where You Will Work

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric
Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific
institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research
program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based
resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and
related sciences.

What You Will Do

NCAR is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher whom will conduct
research on the application of hydrologic models spanning a range of
complexity within two contexts: (1) medium-range ensemble streamflow
prediction; and (2) characterization of uncertainties and
sensitivities in flood frequency estimation. The overarching goal
of the position is to investigate the sensitivity and performance of
a range of ensemble-based approaches for quantifying and predicting
hydrologic extremes. The research will involve hydrologic model
implementation (e.g., the Structure for Unifying Multiple Modeling
Alternatives, SUMMA;
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modeling frameworks) and diagnostic hydrologic model evaluation
across a large number of watersheds in the western US.

Implement a large-ensemble approach across hydrologic model
structures, parameters, and initial conditions to more
comprehensively understand flood frequency uncertainties and
sensitivities across watersheds.
Implement and assess a range of medium-range hydrologic
prediction strategies employing ensemble meteorological inputs
and forecasts and watershed models of varying complexity.
Participate in research development with internal and external
collaborators across disciplines, including contribution to
research funding proposals.
Communicate research results through publication in
peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations
at scientific meetings.

What You Need

PhD degree in hydrologic sciences or closely related discipline.
Experience in physically-oriented hydrologic modeling on
UNIX-based platforms.
Demonstrated record of research and publication.
In-depth knowledge of process-based hydrologic modeling.
Skill in developing and implementing statistical and simulation
techniques (e.g., meteorological forcing, hydrologic model
parameter estimation,parameter sensitivity analyses, etc).
Ability to conduct graphical and statistical analyses and
post-processing of model output.
Ability to establish and maintain a nationally recognized
publication record.
Ability to participate in and interact productively with
hydrologic analysis and prediction groups, statisticians and
hydrometeorological scientistsat NCAR and among the
hydrometeorological forecasting community.
Strong skills in written and oral communication of research
results, including in an interdisciplinary context.
Technical/computational skills:
o Strong competence with data, program and file management in UNIX
o Strong competence in FORTRAN
o Demonstrated skill in working with large and heterogeneous
o Demonstrated skill in managing large computationally
intensive model simulations
o Competence with scripting languages such as Python and UNIX
o Competence with analysis and scripting in R, Matlab, or
similar analysis language
o Familiarity with GIS or GIS-equivalent (e.g., gdal)
o Familiarity with code sharing environments such as Github
o Familiarity with super-computing environments (e.g.,
computing clusters)


In regards to this position, both components are related to the
overarching goal of improving our adaptability and resilience to extreme
events in the near-term and in future unknown situations. It is funded
under a portfolio of short-term and long-term water resource planning
projects. Specifically, it is unclear how uncertain flood frequency
estimates are; here we are improving methods of estimating uncertainty
in flood frequencies for current and future climates for long-term
infrastructure design. Additionally, improved medium-range forecasting
for water resources will improve adaptability and resource usage now and
into the future.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that
strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is
committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and
applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of
race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex,
gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are
committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that
values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location
Boulder, Colorado, United States Position Type
Appointment Type
Term Full-Time (T1)

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