TSS Postdoctoral Researcher
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Location: Boulder, CO.Type: Full time, exempt.Position Term: Two-year term.Application Deadline: This position will be posted until sufficient number of applicants is received.Relocation: No relocation assistance is available for this position.Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa to fill this position.Salary: $68,220Benefits: 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:
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 among
2. Represent this understanding in models and thereby provide a basis for prediction of climate; and
3. Apply this understanding and these models to scientific problems of societal relevance.
What You Will Do:
The postdoctoral researcher will perform research focusing on advancing our ability to develop and implement hydrologic and land models that can reduce uncertainties in future climate change scenario projections for hydrology and water resources. The work will involve developing new strategies and metrics for evaluating the climate sensitivity of hydrology and land models to support the identification of reliable and robust configurations (in terms of model parameterizations, parameters and structure) and quantifying their projection uncertainty. It will focus on experiments using two process-oriented models primarily -- SUMMA and CTSM (Community Terrestrial Systems Model) -- for multiple domains from watershed to regional scales, and the outcomes are expected to benefit the community more generally. The research will include model development as well as implementation and analysis, and running models in uncertainty-aware (ensemble) frameworks for century-scale time frames using high performance computing. The researcher will also help in the development or processing of multi-variate observational datasets include in situ and remotely sensed observations for model validation. The second year of the position is conditional on first year performance in meeting the objectives of the position.
+ Generation of hydrologic simulations driven by historical and future climate scenarios.
+ Preparation of observational datasets and analysis of large-sample and/or large-domain ensemble model simulation datasets.
+ Communicating research results to stakeholders, sponsors and the community through publication in peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations at scientific meetings. Assisting in the preparation of project reports.
+ Development of strategies and metrics for assessing the fidelity of climate sensitivities in hydrologic and land model process. This will include helping to organize and run a small expert workshop.
+ Assistance in the design and implementation/prototyping of the web portal for communicating project outcomes and datasets; addition of simulation results to the portal.
+ The above statements describe the primary work being performed. Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time.
What You Need:
Education And Years of Experience
+ Ph.D. degree (obtained or imminent) in hydrological, atmospheric, meteorological or related sciences, with physical modeling experience
+ Demonstrated record of high-quality research and publication
+ In-depth expertise regarding hydrologic or land modeling from watershed scales to large domains; surface meteorological analyses (model forcings); and model parameter estimation and performance evaluation.
+ Knowledge of historical and future climate datasets and hydrologic sensitivity, variability and trend analysis
+ Skill in developing, implementing and analyzing hydrologic and land surface simulations using complex models and observational datasets.
+ Ability to conduct graphical and statistical analyses of multi-dimensional datasets (time, space, variable, ensemble).
+ Ability to establish and maintain a nationally recognized publication record.
+ Ability to participate in and interact productively with hydroclimate researchers and related earth system scientists at NCAR and among the hydrometeorological modeling and prediction community.
+ Strong skills in written and oral communication of research results, including in an interdisciplinary context.
+ Desired technical/computational skills:
+ Strong competence with data, program and file management and scripting (eg bash, csh) in UNIX
+ Competence with analysis and scripting in Python (and familiarity with R is a plus)
+ Competence in reading and modifying FORTRAN, diagnosing models at the code level
+ Demonstrated skill in working with large and heterogeneous datasets and model simulations
+ Familiarity with GIS or GIS-equivalent (e.g., GDAL/OGR)
+ Familiarity with code sharing environments such as Github.
+ Experience in super-computing environments (e.g., computing clusters).
A cover letter is required when applying to this position.
+ An Inclusion Statement will be required for all applicants moving forward to the interview stage. 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.
+ Non-risk-based position: 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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