Post Doc Fellow I (Land Surface/Hydrologic Modeling)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Boulder, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Postdoc
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Doctorate

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Job Title: Post Doc Fellow I - Land Surface/Hydrologic Modeling
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Type: Full-time, Exempt
Position Term: 2 years with the possibility of extension.
Application Deadline: This position will be posted until July 17th, 2020. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
Relocation: No relocation package is offered for this position.
Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

Where You Will Work:

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, 2-year term position.  The new hire will conduct research on understanding the land-atmospheric interactions and developing land-surface and hydrology models. This research will involve scientific investigations of impacts of fine-scale land-atmosphere interactions on regional weather and hydroclimate, the development of community land-surface Noah-MP model, and the enhancement to the coupled WRF-Urban and WRF-Crop models.

Responsibilities:  Conduct research aimed at improving community land-surface and hydrology models, and the coupled WRF-Urban and WRF-Crop models.

The work will include:

-- understand the land-surface processes at various scales using field observations;

-- improve the Noah-MP and CTSM-NWP models; improve modularity and flexibility of these models in WRF-Hydro;

-- maintain and document the enhanced models in the NCAR GitHub repository;

-- conduct multi-year offline land-surface/hydrology model simulations;

-- enhance the model and data capabilities of the coupled WRF-Urban and WRF-Crop models;

-- benchmark performance of the new modeling capabilities using various evaluation metrics;

Conduct research aimed at improving understanding of the cross-scale impacts of land-atmosphere interactions (including urban and agriculture landscapes) on regional weather and hydroclimate.

Communicate research results through publication in peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations at scientific meetings.

Participate in research development with internal and external collaborators across disciplines.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences or hydrology with expertise in land-surface and hydrology modeling and physical parameterization studies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in conducting and analyzing Noah-MP, WRF-Hydro, WRF-Urban, and WRF-Crop simulations, particularly evaluation of simulated water cycle components against observations.
  • Demonstrated skill in quantifying land-surface model uncertainty and parameter optimization.
  • In-depth knowledge of issues surrounding land-surface interactions, land/hydrology processes, and modeling.
  • Ability to develop or modify land/hydrology parameterization schemes in a version control environment; conduct and manage large simulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to effectively participate in and interact productively with model developers at NCAR and in the external numerical weather and water prediction community.
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication of research results, including in an interdisciplinary context. 
  • Familiarity with UNIX, Fortran, NetCDF, Git and Python/R/NCL or other data visualization and management languages.

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.
  • 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.

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.