CIRES/ NOAA Weather Prediction Center, Meteorological Associate Scientist

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Professional Research Associate (Associate Scientist) to generate ensemble cluster analysis and ensemble sensitivity tools in the short and medium ranges related to heavy precipitation, temperature, and other variables of interest to the Weather Prediction Center (WPC). This position will also generate other ensemble-based post-processing tools related to providing forecasters perspectives on upcoming modeled extreme weather events. The Associate Scientist will interact with Federal WPC staff, NOAA scientists and forecasters, CIRES employees working at WPC, and external partners within the academic community and NOAA Labs such as Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) and Physical Systems Laboratory (PSL).

WPC is located in College Park, MD, within the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP). The NCWCP is a highly collaborative environment containing several NOAA organizations, including the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), and Climate Prediction Center (CPC). This position performs novel research, transitions research projects to operations, serves as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on funded projects, and collaborates with external partners.

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

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at 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 is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder, 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 system.

The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) is America’s Go-To Center for high-impact precipitation events and forecast guidance out to 7 days for a Weather-Ready Nation.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Identify and develop ensemble-based tools that will assist in the preparation of forecasts.
  • Participate in the maintenance and enhancement of WPC’s operational forecast tools.
  • Lead a collaborative team to develop and fully transition to operations ensemble-based forecast tools for medium-range weather hazards.
  • Develop training materials to assist users in the transition of new tools and approaches into operations.
  • Submit proposals, contribute through scientific publications, collaborate with colleagues, and attend various workshops and conferences.

What You Should Know

  • Applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • The targeted start date is November 1, 2022.
  • Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection or conferences/workshops conducted at remote sites.
  • The new hire will be employed by CIRES with technical oversight provided by WPC management. This role works independently and determines action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. The incumbent is expected to serve as a leader of scientific or technical experiments, groups, or teams; therefore strong teamwork and leadership skills are vital.
  • This role is based at the WPC in College Park, MD, but remote work will be considered.
  • Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • Willingness to abide by all federal COVID-19 vaccine guidance stated for contractors/affiliates working within a federal facility.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000 – $85,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.


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

  • A Master’s degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related field.
  • Experience in working with interrogating large meteorological data sets (e.g. GRIB, netCDF, etc.).
  • Experience with working in a Linux environment.

What You Will Need

  • Strong analytical skills with excellent programming skills (e.g. shell scripting, Python, etc.).
  • Strong background in applying statistical methods to atmospheric data.
  • Experience with ensemble prediction systems and their application to hazardous weather diagnosis and prediction.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Desire and ability to contribute to an inclusive work environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this “What We Would Like You To Have” section. If you have an advanced degree, meet the minimum requirements, and have a 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 position.

  • Experience in ensemble clustering and sensitivity analysis.
  • Experience in applying statistical methods to extreme weather events.
  • Experience with proposal writing, especially in a research-to-operations environment.
  • Knowledge or willingness to participate in web development.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Although not required at the time of application, please be prepared to submit contact information for 3 professional references, 1 of whom must be/must have been a supervisor or professor. If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask you to contact your references so that they can 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.

The selected finalist’s 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 as an optional attachment.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Positions will remain posted until finalists have been identified.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Michael Erickson

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