University Corporation Atmospheric
Boulder, CO, United States
RAL Associate Scientist III - Mesoscale and Microscale Hydro-Meteorological Modeling
This position will be posted until a sufficient number of applications have been received.
Relocation assistance is available 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. 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:
Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
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.
Boulder, Colorado, United States
University Corporation Atmospheric
Website : http://www.ucar.edu