Research Data Analyst 2

University of California-San Diego

San Diego, CA, US



The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) is leading the development and implementation of new research and applications capabilities focused on extreme weather and climate events in the Western US. CW3E is developing and implementing weather and climate observations, numerical models and decision support tools focused on atmospheric and land-surface conditions related to extreme events and their impacts. CW3E is an interface between UCSD departments, other universities and local, state, and federal agencies, in the operation, utilization and expansion of a new state-of-the-art weather observing network recently deployed in California.

Efforts to be undertaken by the CW3E Center will include scientific research, technology development, numerical model development and testing, and development/deployment of smart tools that aid decision makers affected by extreme weather, water and climate events. A key activity of the CW3E Center will be to develop methods and systems to aid future reservoir operations for flood control, water supply and ecosystems. CW3E is a focus of international research on Atmospheric Rivers (AR).

The California Nevada Applications Program (CNAP) is conducting research, providing information and education on climate variability and climate change for California and Nevada decision makers involved in sectors of importance including water resources, coastal impacts, wildfire, human health, and agriculture. Different forms of information employed and developed include direct observations, model generated output, and analyses of historical and future variability and change.


The Research Data Analyst 2 position will require strong analytical and programming skills to process and analyze observational data and model output. This position requires a strong background in statistics and data analysis to support both research and near real time operations at CW3E, CNAP and related regional climate projects. The research will focus on extreme precipitation events along the US West Coast, along with climate variability and climate change over the region of California and Nevada. Time scale range from weather to climate. The research will include supporting numerical weather prediction model validation efforts and climate model and climate data analysis.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related area; and/or an equivalent combination of experience and/or training. Master’s Degree in related area; and/or an equivalent combination of experience and/or training preferred.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of research function and skills in analysis and consultation. Proven ability to work with large datasets with different formats and components.

  • Working skills in statistical analysis, systems programming, database design and data security measures. Expertise in programming to include shell scripting, Matlab, and python among other programming languages. Must be proficient in Linux environments.

  • Proven research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations. This includes proposing new analyses, new conceptual ideas, or new workflow recommendations.

  • Superb communication skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing. Skills in scientific visualization, scientific writing and experience presenting at scientific conferences (poster and verbal presentations).

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility. Ability to work independently or within a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty, researchers, and students.

  • Strong time management skills. Proven ability to prioritize tasks appropriately and meet deadlines. Ability to work simultaneously and manage time spent on multiple projects for two different research groups.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in ambiguous conditions in the field.