University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Application Deadline: This position will be posted until filled.Position Term: This is a 2 year term position.Relocation: Relocation assistance is available for this position.Work Authorization: UCAR|NCAR will not sponsor a work visa to fill this position.Hiring Salary Range: $84,287 - $105,358Full Salary Range: $84,287 - $136,966Benefits: UCAR's rich package of employee benefits includes medical, dental, vision, education assistance, retirement, and life insurance. UCAR offers a variety of programs designed to assist with work-life balance including flexible work alternatives, paid time off and 14 weeks of paid parental leave.To learn more about our benefits, click here: https://www.ucar.edu/opportunities/careers/benefits As required by Executive Order 14042, all Federal Contractor employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. Effective immediately, UCAR requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated prior to entering on duty, subject to such exceptions as required by law.If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 8, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with UCAR, if after December 8, 2021. UCAR will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of UCAR a legally required exception from this requirement.
Where You Will Work:
Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) is part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)located in Boulder, CO. CGD's mission is to:1. Discover the key processes in each component of the Earth's climate system and the interactions amongthem;2. Represent this understanding in models and thereby provide a basis for prediction of climate; and3. Apply this understanding and these models to scientific problems of societal relevance.
What You Will Do:
This position supports an interagency collaborative project to investigate turbulent momentum transport processes in climate models. This project focuses on improving the representation of these processes in the Cloud Layers Unified by Binormals (CLUBB) subgrid turbulence and convection framework.
The project partners include researchers at Penn State University, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, and NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). This collaborative project aims to provide improved understanding and parameterization capability to NCAR and NOAA climate modeling efforts. As such the incumbent will interact with researchers from the partner institutions to perform coordinated design and analyses of model simulations.
Broad priorities will be determined in consultation with the NCAR investigators of the project. The incumbent is expected to operate with a significant degree of independence.
Under general guidance, conducts independent and collaborative research to accomplish the goals of the project:
1. Formulates, implements and validates modifications to CLUBB in CESM;
2. Designs and carries out numerical experiments to investigate sensitivity to various formulations and parameter choices at a range of model resolutions and implements source code modifications as necessary; and
3. Coordinates with LES modelers to evaluate CLUBB algorithms with help of LES and to design targeted experiments where needed. If needed, designs and performs coordinated numerical simulations in support of the project. Analyzes climate model and LES data as well as observational data sets where appropriate. Develops new diagnostics products. Revises the research plan as needed.
Takes the lead and participates in writing of scientific journal articles and formal reports, documenting the findings of the project. Presents results at relevant meetings.
Documents experimental and diagnostics / analysis procedures.
Interacts with the project collaborators and partners regularly for coordinated / joint analysis and experimentation.
What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience:
+ Ph.D. or equivalent in oceanic, atmospheric, or related earth sciences or in applied mathematics, physics or engineering.
+ Desired: 2 years of additional, relevant experience in at least one of these areas.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
+ Ability to work on a team of NCAR and non-NCAR scientists.
+ Demonstrated ability in analyzing small scale turbulent transport processes applying theory and high-resolution simulations from the PBL through the troposphere.
+ Demonstrated ability in designing and implementing reliable Fortran code for parameterization of subgrid scale processes in atmospheric/climate models.
+ In-depth knowledge of the Cloud-layers Unified by Binormals (CLUBB) approach to representing subgrid variability and transport in numerical models.
+ Knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of (coupled) general circulation models.
+ Experience with the CESM and its component models.
+ Demonstrated knowledge of the UNIX operating system and its variants, including skill in writing shell scripts.
+ Demonstrated knowledge of graphical analysis tools, e.g., Python, Matlab.
+ Demonstrated knowledge of data analysis methodologies for global climate model
+ Knowledge of web-based communication, e.g., HTML.
+ Excellent oral and written communication skills, with an emphasis in technical communication.
+ A cover letter is required.
+ An Inclusion Statement will be required for all applicants applying to this position. 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.
+ 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).
+ Please note that while the position description details both minimum requirements as well as desired skills and experience, we want to remind applicants that you do not need to have all the desired skills and experience to be considered for this role. If you have the passion for the work along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest.
+ For more information about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, h ere is the link to the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan (https://www.ucar.edu/sites/default/files/documents/related-links/2020-12/ODEI\_StrategicPlan\_Final.pdf) and to the ODEI landing page (https://www.ucar.edu/who-we-are/diversity-inclusion) .
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