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[Met-jobs] Climate Modeling Positions at Caltech

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:23:51 +0000



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are seeking to fill a range of positions within a new climate modeling initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation and a consortium of private philanthropies including Schmidt Futures and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. I’d appreciate it if you help spread the word to people who may be interested, with backgrounds in computing, statistics, the atmospheric or oceanic sciences, applied and computational mathematics, or another science or engineering discipline. 




Postdocs, Research Scientists, and Software Engineers in Data-Driven Climate Modeling at Caltech

Climate change projections continue to be marred by large uncertainties. But breakthroughs in their accuracy are within reach, thanks to recent advances in the computational and data sciences and in the availability of Earth observations from space and from the ground. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School are developing a new Earth system modeling platform to harness these advances. It will fuse an Earth system model (ESM) with global observations and targeted local high-resolution simulations of clouds, turbulence, and other elements of the Earth system.

We are seeking to fill a range of positions within this new modeling initiative. (For more information about the modeling initiative and positions, please visit climate-dynamics.org/openings/, see this Science Magazine feature, or contact Professors Tapio Schneider or Andrew Stuart at esm@caltech.edu.)

Postdoctoral Scholars and Research Scientists

As a postdoctoral scholar or research scientist, you will collaborate with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Naval Postgraduate School. You will contribute to the development of a data-informed ESM by
  • devising scalable data assimilation and machine learning (DA/ML) algorithms, to allow them to learn systematically from diverse data sources, such as satellite observations or high-resolution simulations of turbulent flows;
  • developing physically informed parameterizations of subgrid-scale processes in the atmosphere that are suitable for DA/ML approaches, including models for boundary layer turbulence, clouds, and convection; or
  • building and prototyping numerical and computational methods for an atmosphere dynamical core that is scalable and adaptable to emerging hardware architectures.
We are seeking to fill several postdoctoral and research scientist positions within this initiative, spanning a range of expertise from computational and applied mathematics to the atmospheric and oceanic sciences. 

As minimum qualification, you are expected to have 
  • Completed a doctoral degree in applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics or a related field at the time of the appointment;
  • A strong physical, mathematical, and/or computational background;
  • Programming experience in at least one general purpose language;
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
We prefer for you to have
  • Experience with high-performance parallel computing;
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and interacting cross-functionally with a wide variety of people.
For the research scientist positions, at least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience and leadership experience of research projects as demonstrated by publications are also required. 

Applications with a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted 
  • for postdocs here, and
  • for research scientists here.
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Software Engineers

As a Software Engineer, you will collaborate with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Naval Postgraduate School. You will 
  • Work on a fast-paced, high-profile project with a significant opportunity for impacting Earth system modeling worldwide
  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, and improve the ESM platform software; and
  • Be a hands-on coder applying the best industry standards for code health, scalability, and robustness.

As a Lead Software Engineer, you will additionally
  • Devise innovative ideas and technical designs for an ESM platform that is scalable and adaptable to a variety of hardware architectures, including distributed computing architectures;
  • Provide technical leadership and solve end-to-end the most difficult design and implementation problems; and
  • Mentor more junior Software Engineers.
Salaries will be commensurate with experience and competitive with the tech industry. Caltech offers an attractive range of benefits.

As minimum qualification, you are expected to have 
  • Completed a BS degree in computer science or a different science and engineering field;
  • Experience developing large software projects in a distributed fashion, e.g., contributing to an open source project with distributed contributors;
  • Experience working with high-performance computing systems including manycore processors and accelerators; and
  • Experience with at least two general purpose programming languages (e.g., C/C++, C#, Objective C, Python, Fortran).

We prefer for you to have
  • A graduate degree in computer science or a science or engineering field; 
  • Experience in either computational fluid dynamics or machine learning or both; and
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and interacting cross-functionally with a wide variety of people.
Applications with a resume, a one-page statement of interests, and names of three references should be submitted 
  • for software engineers here, and
  • for the lead software engineer here



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