This position is for a Postdoctoral Associate at the Cooperative
Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the
University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, and the NOAA Physical
Sciences Laboratory Hydrometeorology Applications Division. The
position requires a comprehensive understanding of synoptic and
mesoscale atmospheric dynamics, precipitation physics, forecast
verification methods, and numerical weather prediction. The
individual will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of
scientists from NOAA, CIRES, and other organizations to evaluate
the performance of operational and experimental numerical weather
prediction models in forecasting atmospheric rivers and associated
precipitation events affecting the western United States. The
individual will also work with model developers to apply research
findings to inform future model improvements.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
is an internationally recognized
leader in innovative environmental science and research and is a
research institute within the University of Colorado Boulder. At
CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to
understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s
relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since
1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate,
changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry,
water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to
be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by
advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth
Physical Sciences Laboratory
Our mission is to conduct scientific research to observe,
understand, model, predict and forecast weather, water and climate
extremes and their impacts. Our vision is an informed society that
uses science-based environmental intelligence to effectively
anticipate and respond to threats and opportunities related to
weather, water and climate extremes. Our research goals are as
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
- Rigorously characterize and predict weather, water, and climate
extremes and their uncertainties to support NOAA's mission.
- Develop new process understanding, observing, and modeling
capabilities to predict conditions associated with too much or too
little water for early warning, preparedness, resource management,
- Improve monitoring and prediction of weather, climate, and
water conditions impacting marine resources.
What You Should Know
- Develop and apply novel verification methods to evaluate model
skill in forecasting landfalling atmospheric rivers, heavy
precipitation events, and related phenomena.
- Conduct physical-process-based analysis of output from
operational and experimental models to identify and diagnose
systematic model errors and quantify forecast skill for
precipitation events over the western U.S. linked to landfalling
- Work with model developers in NOAA, CIRES, and partner
organizations to apply model evaluation results to identify model
deficiencies and inform model improvements.
- Participate in NOAA Hydrometeorological Testbed activities to
assess the usefulness and usability of model forecasts in informing
the forecast process and decision making for atmospheric
river-related precipitation events.
- Collaborate with scientists in NOAA, CIRES, and partner
organizations to synthesize research results into meaningful
- Lead and contribute to the publication of research results in
the peer-reviewed literature.
- Present research findings at national and international
What We Can Offer
- This is a 2-year appointment.
- Given project deliverables, the targeted start date for this
appointment is September 1st, 2023.
- Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.
- This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of
Colorado Boulder, but will be located at the David Skaggs Research
Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO.
- If you are the selected finalist, you will be required to pass
a federal laboratory background clearance for site access. Non-US
citizens without green cards may have limited building access, and
require an escort in the building.
- Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional
irregular hours during data collection or conferences/workshops
conducted at remote sites.
- CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $63,000 -
$70,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and
determined based on our CIRES internal career track
- Some relocation funds are available for this position following
CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and
- This position can accommodate a hybrid work modality.
- CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust
training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and
a Mentorship Program.
- Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks,
dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants,
boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was
recently ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S. by
- As an employee at CU Boulder, you receive a pass allowing free
access to the regional public transit system
, which is an outstanding network of buses and light rail systems
that provide service within Boulder and connect to Denver, the
Denver airport, and surrounding communities.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Ph.D. in atmospheric science, meteorology, or hydrology.
- Demonstrated experience with data analysis and visualization
using scientific programming languages, such as Python, MATLAB,
NCL, and Fortran.
- Demonstrated experience with high-performance computing
- Demonstrated experience analyzing and verifying forecasts from
numerical weather prediction models using statistical and
- Experience in publishing technical reports and peer-reviewed
journal articles, and presenting research findings at scientific
What We Would Like You to Have
- Ability to critically interpret and diagnose model output.
- Ability to manage and manipulate large and complex
observational and model datasets.
- Strong background in synoptic and mesoscale atmospheric
dynamics (particularly in relation to midlatitude weather systems,
atmospheric rivers, and extreme precipitation events).
- Ability to work independently and in an inclusive team
environment, and to communicate effectively in both verbal and
We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the
preferred skills and experience outlined in this section. If you
meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you
are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any
additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the
- Understanding of NOAA's operational modeling enterprise and
experience working with operational partners such as National
Centers for Environmental Prediction Environmental Modeling Center
(NCEP/EMC) and the National Weather Service.
- Familiarity with the data assimilation.
- Familiarity with model physics parameterizations.
- Experience transitioning research to operations.
Please include the following materials with your application:
- CV or resume
- Cover letter addressed to the Hiring Committee describing your
qualifications and specific interest in this position.
- If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask you to contact 5
professional references (including 2 supervisors/professors) and
ask them to complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf.
SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This
information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the
search committee members.
Also, if you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be
verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using
an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of
the United States, please submit a translated version (if
applicable) as an optional attachment.
This position will remain posted until finalists have been
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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