Location: Boulder, Colorado
Type: Full-time, Exempt
Position Term: 1 year
Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.
Application Deadline: This position will be posted until August 5th, 2020. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
Where You Will Work:
The structure of NCAR and UCAR—unique among the nation’s science disciplines—paves the way for innovation to bring impact to everyday life. NCAR’s research is unusually wide-ranging, from the flow of magnetism within the Sun to the flow of heat in the ocean. Much of NCAR’s work is carried out with collaborators at universities and labs across the nation and beyond, which further expands the breadth of the science.
The Research Applications Laboratory is one of seven laboratories within NCAR. Its mission is to conduct directed research that contributes to fundamental understanding of the atmosphere and related physical, biological, and social systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the scientific community; and to develop and transfer knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.
The main goal of the Hydrometeorological Applications Program is to provide relevant information to high-impact weather, flood warning, and water resource decision makers through directed and basic research and development in hydrometeorology, aerosol-precipitation interactions, very short term precipitation nowcasting, cloud microphysical modeling, and winter weather.
What You Will Do:
This is a new, full-time, 1-year term position (potential to extend to year 2). The new hire will conduct research on improving the WRF-Hydro hydrological modeling system and extending capabilities into water temperature and water quality prediction. The new hire will evaluate land surface and hydrological model performance across the U.S., support the planning, design, and implementation of new water temperature and water tracer modules within WRF-Hydro, and conduct and evaluate model experiments in terms of the integrated performance of water volume, source/age, and temperature prediction. There may be potential to expand to other aspects of water quality (e.g., sediment).
Conduct research aimed at adding water temperature and water tracer modeling capabilities to the NoahMP land surface model and WRF-Hydro hydrological routing modules and evaluating model performance. The work will include the following major tasks:
- contribute to the planning and design of new water temperature and tracer modules;
- implement/utilize new water temperature and tracer modules in WRF-Hydro/NoahMP;
- contribute to the experimental design and conduct model experiments targeting water source/age and temperature prediction in different hydroclimatic regimes across the U.S. (e.g., snowmelt dominant, groundwater dominant, short/long residence times);
- evaluate modeled water budget components, source/age, and water temperature estimates at locations across the U.S. as compared to in-situ and remote-sensing observations, targeting a range of water storage components (e.g., soil, lakes, rivers);
- recommend and implement hydrological model upgrades to better support water budget, source tracking, and energy partitioning.
Communicate research results through publication in peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations at scientific meetings.
Participate in research development with internal and external collaborators across disciplines.
What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience:
- Ph.D with specialization in hydrologic sciences, including expertise in hydrologic and water temperature or water quality modeling.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Demonstrated abilities working with and developing water temperature or tracer models; capabilities working with other water quality modeling desired.
- Demonstrated skill in conducting and analyzing land surface and hydrologic model simulations, particularly evaluation of water cycle components against observations.
- Strong familiarity with hydrologic and water quality observation datasets.
- Ability to analyze large datasets in both space and time dimensions.
- Strong scientific programming skills, Fortran experience highly desirable
- Familiarity with UNIX, NetCDF, and Python/R or other data analysis and visualization languages.
- Demonstrated ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.
- Ability to effectively participate in and interact productively with model developers at NCAR and in the external community.
- Strong skills in written and oral communication of research results.
- 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).
- 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.
- An Inclusion Statement will be required for all applicants advancing to an in-person interview. If requested, 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.
- 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.
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.