Senior Scientist (Hydrology) and Academic Liaison - Remote via Indeed



IBSS is seeking a Senior Scientist (Hydrology) and Academic Liaison to provide strategic consulting and guidance to NOAA’s Office of Water Prediction (OWP).

The Sr. Scientist and Academic Liaison responsibilities include:

  • Regularly meet with OWP leadership to ensure continuous mission alignment
  • Provide guidance and technical oversight for multiple, highly-complex projects
  • Serve as a technical resource in the development and planning of scientific work, evaluating feasibility, defining requirements, iterative improvement, and assessing risk
  • Evaluate scientific concepts and proposals, technical reports and publications, presentations, and propose recommendations to improve technical merit and presentation quality
  • Mentor and coach less experienced scientists and provide education regarding appropriate methods and effects of different approximations applied over a range of practical scales in numerical modeling as related to hydrology and hydraulics
  • Communicate scientific accomplishments in a variety of ways e.g.: reports, project forecasts, briefs, papers, posters, meetings
  • Recommend technological solutions to meet OWP objectives to increase the accuracy of hydrologic and hydraulic predictions
  • Oversee teams developing, testing, evaluating, and implementing hydrologic and hydraulic models
  • Advise OWP Leadership and Division Directors on the development of research and development plans to advance high-performance water resources modeling and prediction applications
  • Advise OWP Leadership and Division Directors in the optimum staffing knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Engage with cooperating agencies regarding joint development activities where needs and priorities overlap to maximize cooperative benefit and minimize redundancies
  • Mentor OWP scientific staff regarding oral, written and presentation communication skills
  • Review publication of scientific papers, reports, and documentation
  • Liaise with the academic research community to communicate research/development activities underway at NOAA-OWP and potential opportunities for collaboration and/or research to operations pathways
  • Assist OWP in collaborating with industrial partners
  • Foster a culture of research curiosity within OWP by identifying trends, novel approaches, publications, and educational opportunities
  • Assist in planning and execution of the NOAA Summer Innovator’s Program
  • Develop novel numerical solutions to hydrologic and hydraulic problems
  • Evaluate the work products of scientific employees for completeness and recommend areas of improvement to OWP management
  • Recommend analysis and synthesis products to assist the Water Prediction Operations Division in interpretation of the performance of numerical model outputs
  • Establish predictability-based interpretations of model forecast skill
  • Create a model classification framework or taxonomy to assist in strict, repeatable, and verifiable interpretation of the performance of different model formulations

Required Skills

  • PhD in Hydrology, Civil Engineering, or related fields
  • Specific experience in leading development of hydologic models
  • Knowledge of NOAA’s National Water Model (NWM)
  • 10+ Years experience in designing, developing, and validating hydrologic models

Desired Skills

  • Experience in academics as a full Professor or Adjunct Professor in Hydrology or Civil Engineering

About IBSS Corp

IBSS is a Woman-Owned, WBENC certified and MBE/DBE-certified business. Since 1992, IBSS has provided specialized professional, scientific, technical, cybersecurity, IT, and software engineering solutions to the Federal sector. Our clients include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ). We are committed to serving our clients and employees by delivering service excellence, creating value through technology, and continually improving our skills, services, and processes. Moreover, we maintain an ISO 9001:2015 certification which allows us to optimize current industry best practices to enhance delivery outcomes for our clients.

IBSS offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage with company-paid deductible, paid time off, federal holidays, matching 401K plan, tuition/professional development reimbursement, and Flex-Spending (FSA)/Dependent Care Account (DCA) options.IBSS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.





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