Post-doctoral Fellow I (Actionable climate science for water res management)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Boulder, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Application Deadline: This position will be posted until filled

Position Term: This is full-time 1-year term position with potential extension to 2 years for a post-doctoral research fellow at NCAR.

Relocation: No relocation package is offered for this position

Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position

Salary full-time FTE: $70,270

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Where You Will Work:

NCAR – 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)

What You Will Do:

The new hire will conduct applied research on developing actionable climate science knowledge and guidance focused on hydroclimatic changes and climate model downscaling methods in close collaboration with stakeholders. Additionally, the post-doc will assist with various aspects of knowledge and technology transfer to the stakeholders.  The post-doc will work within a world-class, multi-institutional research team across university and federal partners, and specifically within an interdisciplinary research group at NCAR dedicated to water resource applications.


  • Quantitatively evaluate a large collection of downscaled climate simulations in comparison to historical observations.
  • Work with stakeholders and the research team to develop documentation, assist with decision support tool design and implementation for downscaling method selection.
  • Qualitatively evaluate downscaling approaches, key characteristics, technical details, and methodological assumptions.
  • Communicate research results through publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings. Assist in the preparation of project reporting materials.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

Ph.D. degree in atmospheric or hydrologic science or relevant engineering disciplines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of climate change and downscaling techniques, as well as ability to analyze related datasets
  • Skills in written and oral communication of research results, including in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Familiarity with some or all: NetCDF, Python, and high-performance computing.
  • Ability to interact productively with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and software engineers.
  • Ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

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