Local recruitment: Postdoc Fellow I - Hydrometeorological analyses and hydroclimatic analyses

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Boulder, CO, USA 🇺🇸

The new hire will work as part of an NCAR/RAL team of scientists and engineers to support:

1) Collection, organization, and analysis of hydro-meteorological data from numerical models, satellites, radar, precipitation gauges, stream gauges, and other field instrumentation
2) Hydrologic forecast execution, verification, and optimization from hydro-meteorological and hydroclimate models
3) Create novel analysis and forecast products, such as water budget analyses, seasonal water supply forecasts, and/or flood inundation maps for hydrologic applications.

Where You Will Work:

At UCAR|NCAR|UCP, you will work alongside a dedicated team of professionals conducting critical research and community outreach to solve complex Earth system science problems including climate change, air pollution, extreme weather, floods, drought, wildfires, and space weather, all with the goal of improving human life and reducing economic loss.

Each of us, from scientists to the professionals who support their work, serves the public and a collaborative community of scientists in our mission to understand the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core.

Job Location: Boulder, CO

Job Location Type: Hybrid (Combination Remote and Onsite presence required)

Position Type & Term: This position is Full-Time, 1-Year Term with the possibility for an additional year depending on funding availability

Annual Salary: $ 73,000

Application Notes:

  • Application Deadline: The position will be posted until February 9, 2023
  • Required application materials: ​Resume
  • Work Authorization: US Residency is a Requirement at the time of hire and UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position
  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance is not available for this position
  • Pre-employment screenings are conducted for selected candidates; background checks are also conducted for risk-based positions. Learn more.

Benefits Overview:

UCAR affirms its commitment to employees through competitive benefits. In addition to medical, dental, vision, retirement, and life insurance,  UCAR offers a variety of programs focused on work-life balance and professional and personal development.

These include:

  • Tuition Assistance, time off allowance to attend classes, and other professional development opportunities
  • UCAR contributes 10% of your pay into your retirement account; 100% fully vested on day one
  • Starting minimum accrual of 20 days of personal time off each year (prorated for less than full-time positions)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 10 days of sick leave each year
  • 14 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Short-term medical leave paid at 100% of your regular salary
  • EcoPass for local Colorado residents to use the Denver and Boulder-area transit system at no cost

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our organization is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and fostering a culture where everyone feels welcome and supported. To learn more about these efforts, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan and our Diversity & Inclusion: A Welcoming Workplace site. 

Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills and experience. Please note this is not necessary! If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest!


Here is a brief outline of what one would expect to be responsible for in this role. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducts current and future-climate hydrometeorological analyses and hydroclimatic analyses using water and energy budget-based approaches and integrating a number of different observational datasets
  • Performs basic hydrologic model experiments using the WRF-Hydro/National Water Model system to assess the impact of different meteorological forcing datasets and land surface characterization datasets on hydrologic simulation, prediction skill, and water availability assessments
  • Collects and analyzes radar, satellite, disdrometer and in situ hydrometeorological surface station data for improving the characterization of precipitation phase (solid vs. liquid) and intensity in complex terrain
  • Develops and/or assesses physically-based and statistically-based precipitation, temperature, humidity, wind, and incoming radiation downscaling methodologies as tools for preparing input data for hydrologic prediction models
  • Presents research results with program sponsors at scientific conferences and meetings, and in reports and journal articles.


Successful candidates will ensure their application materials speak to the following criteria:

Education & Experience REQUIRED

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


  • Knowledge and understanding of process-based hydrologic models and their use for water availability and flood impacts assessment
  • 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.


Flexible Work

At UCAR, we are committed to supporting our mission by giving staff the flexibility to find the schedule and location that works best to maintain their own work-life circumstances and reach their full potential as professionals. Many positions within our organization are eligible for fully on-site, hybrid, fully-remote, and/or flexible work schedules.

Employee Well-Being & Vaccines

In support of the health of our employees and their families, as well as visitors and the community, all UCAR employees are required to comply with UCAR’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject only to legally required accommodations implemented by HR, prior to their start date.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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 UCAR.

Export Control

This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance requirements.  This position is open to U.S. Citizens and Green Card holders.

Visa Wait Times

Please consider the length of visa procurement when applying for this posting, understanding that you will not be able to begin employment until you are able to get a visa and enter the U.S.

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.





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