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RAL Associate Scientist III - Mesoscale and Microscale Hydro-Meteorological Modeling

Company name
University Corporation Atmospheric

Boulder, CO, United States

Employment Type

Sciences, Scientist

Posted on
Feb 07,2019

Valid Through
May 23,2019

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Job Title:

RAL Associate Scientist III - Mesoscale and Microscale Hydro-Meteorological Modeling


Boulder, Colorado


Full-time, Exempt

Application Deadline:

This position will be posted until a sufficient number of applications have been received.


Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Work Authorization:

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. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

What You Will Do:

This is a new full-time position. The new hire will work in teams of scientists and engineers to:

collect, organize, and analyze hydrometeorological data from radar, numerical models, precipitation gauges, stream gauges, and other field instrumentation

validate forecasts from hydrometeorological (numerical weather prediction, nowcasting, and rainfall-runoff) models

modify, configure, and execute meteorological and hydrological models to study mesoscale and microscale processes and to forecast flooding, including flash floods and coastal floods

improve forecast systems for short-term prediction of moist convection, especially thunderstorms


Applies WRF (at the mesoscale and microscale) and WRF-Hydro, potentially making modest modifications to one or both models, for predicting flash floods

in dry washes in the Intermountain West and coastal flooding in the Mid-Atlantic

Analyzes multiple meteorological forcing data products (e.g. radar, satellite, numerical weather prediction models, gauge analyses, sounding data) as a basis for quantifying their skill and usefulness for hydrologic prediction

Collects and analyzes radar, disdrometer, and in situ hydrometeorological surface station data for improving the characterization of precipitation phase (solid vs. liquid) and intensity in complex terrain

Assists in the ongoing development and refinement of systems that use fuzzy logic for combining observations and projecting the

evolution of current conditions for making short-term predictions of moist convection, especially thunderstorms

Performs basic hydrologic model experiments using the WRF-Hydro / National Water Model system to assess the impact different meteorological forcing datasets on hydrologic simulation and prediction skill

Performs basic meteorological model experiments to study mesoscale processes, especially in complex terrain

Communicates research results through oral presentations, posters, and journal articles

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

Required: bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, meteorology, hydrometeorology, or a closely related field

Required: at least 3-5 years of experience as an Associate Scientist II or equivalent position, in meteorological and/or hydrometeorological research and applications after college

A master’s degree would be advantageous but is not required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Expertise in atmospheric science, especially moist convection and precipitation

Skill in working with radar, surface meteorological station data, sounding data, and other observational data

Skill in processing large datasets in a variety of different data formats (ASCII, GRIB, or NetCDF).

Skill in analyzing hydrometeorological model output and verification statistics

Programming skills in data analysis software packages (e.g., R, NCL, Python)

Proficiency in working with numerical weather prediction models

Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment with scientists, engineers, and operational hydrometeorological forecasters

Strong oral and written communication skills

Demonstrated ability to complete tasks on schedule with moderate supervision

What’s in it for You:



Paid Holidays

Tuition Reimbursement

Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)

Retirement Plan

And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

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

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University Corporation Atmospheric
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