Associate Scientist I/II (Hydrologic Modeling)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Boulder, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Apply By: 
ASAP

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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).

The structure of NCAR and UCAR—unique among the nation’s science disciplines—paves the way for innovation to bring impact to everyday life. NCAR’s research is unusually wide-ranging, from the flow of magnetism within the Sun to the flow of heat in the ocean. Much of NCAR’s work is carried out with collaborators at universities and labs across the nation and beyond, which further expands the breadth of the science.

The Research Applications Laboratory is one of seven laboratories within NCAR.  Its mission is to conduct directed research that contributes to fundamental understanding of the atmosphere and related physical, biological, and social systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the scientific community; and to develop and transfer knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.

The main goal of the Hydrometeorological Applications Program is to provide relevant information to high-impact weather, flood warning, and water resource decision makers through directed and basic research and development in hydrometeorology, aerosol-precipitation interactions, very short term precipitation nowcasting, cloud microphysical modeling, and winter weather.

What You Will Do:

This is a new full-time position.  The new hire will work with RAL scientists to implement, analyze and enhance hydrologic models within large-domain applications.  Work will include diagnostic evaluation and model calibration at catchment scales, and workflow engineering to run the models for hydrometeorological variability studies and hydrologic prediction and climate-scale projection applications.  Prediction applications will likely involve implementing supporting techniques such as pre-processing meteorological inputs, post-processing hydrologic outputs, model parameter estimation, data assimilation, verification and geospatial analysis.  The primarily hydrologic models used in this work are SUMMA (with channel routing through mizuRoute) and WRF-Hydro, for projects supporting Reclamation, US Army Corps of Engineers, and the NWS National Water Center, respectively.  The project work also supports and leverages international collaborations.  Minor model development, including source code improvements, may also be involved.

The position is offered for one year with continuation based on performance and availability of funds, and is based in Boulder, Colorado at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory.  Relocation expenses are not supported. 

Responsibilities:

Education and Years of Experience: This position is offered at both an ASI and ASII level, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. 

Required:

Associate Scientist I - Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related field and clear familiarity and initial experience in the desired area.

Associate Scientist II - Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related field and at least 2 years of experience as an Associate Scientist I or equivalent position, in geoscientific research/applications or scientific programming, after college; or other evidence of notable strength and experience in the desired areas.

Desired:

Master’s Degree in related field.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

Associate Scientist I

  • Familiarity with geosciences and geoscientific models – preferably but not necessarily in hydrology.
  • Experience in working with geoscientific datasets in a variety of different data formats (e.g., ASCII, binary, or NetCDF), and familiarity with GIS (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, GDAL/OGR)
  • Programming skill in FORTRAN, UNIX shell, and with data analysis software packages (e.g., R, Python), and with code repositories (eg, Github).
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment with scientists and engineers
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and complete tasks efficiently with help from supervisor

Associate Scientist II

  • Knowledge and skills from prior project work with geosciences and geoscientific models – preferably but not necessarily in hydrology.
  • Demonstrated skill in working with geoscientific datasets in a variety of different data formats (e.g., ASCII, binary, or NetCDF), and familiarity with GIS (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, GDAL/OGR)
  • Programming skill in FORTRAN, UNIX shell, and with data analysis software packages (e.g., R, Python), and with code repositories (eg, Github).
  • Experience in cluster-based (high-performance) computing. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment with scientists, engineers, and sponsors
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve independently and to complete tasks efficiently with moderate supervision

Education and Years of Experience:

This position is offered at both an ASI and ASII level, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. 

Required:

Associate Scientist I - Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related field and clear familiarity and initial experience in the desired area.

Associate Scientist II - Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related field and at least 2 years of experience as an Associate Scientist I or equivalent position, in geoscientific research/applications or scientific programming, after college; or other evidence of notable strength and experience in the desired areas. 

Desired:

Master’s Degree in related field.

Applicant Notes:

  • A pre-employment screening is conducted in conjunction with an offer for employment. This screening may involve verifying or reviewing any of the following relevant information: restricted parties screening, employment verification, performance records of internal candidates, education verification, reference checks, verification of professional licenses, certifications, and Motor Vehicle Records.  UCAR complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • An Inclusion Statement will be required for all applicants advancing to an in-person interview. If requested, this statement should address past efforts, as well as future vision and plans to advocate for and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the organization and/or field of work.