Climate Data Analyst

  • Temporary
  • Canada

Job Posting: Climate Data Analyst in Climate Analysis and Monitoring Theme

PCIC is seeking to hire a Climate Data Analyst

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is a regional climate service
centre that bridges the gap between climate science and the needs of
stakeholders in British Columbia and across Canada. PCIC provides
accessible, credible information to these stakeholders about past and
future climate conditions for their regions and what these changes might
mean. This supports decision makers as they develop plans and policies
that account for and minimize the risks that they face due to the
changing climate. To do this, PCIC performs a variety of functions,
including: compiling and providing quality-controlled data; downscaling
the output of global climate models; performing hydrologic modelling;
translating current research findings; providing interpretation of
technical climate science data for decision makers; and performing
research in a variety of areas. http://www.PacificClimate.org
<http://www.pacificclimate.org/><http://www.pacificclimate.org/>

Job Description

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Come join PCIC and its stakeholders in our efforts to continually
improve climate services in British Columbia and western Canada. The
Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) hosts over two dozen
scientists, analysts, post-doctoral fellows and students performing
leading edge applied climate research. A major component of PCIC’s
services is characterising the climate of British Columbia using a
comprehensive archive of weather observation data and interpolating that
data at high spatial resolution using PRISM climate mapping software.
The data are also used to characterize the historical occurrence and
frequency of extreme values and to provide a validating baseline to
climate modelling and climate model downscaling in the province.

The climate data analyst will work as part of the Climate Analysis and
Monitoring theme within PCIC and will be instrumental in improving the
quality and availability of the data used in major projects related to
climate mapping and extremes analysis. This includes characterizing
climate and its changes in innovative ways, assessing the data used in
climate products and improving and augmenting the data where possible
including via the use of multi-station quality control or machine
learning approaches. These tasks require a good understanding of
high-volume data processing, database management and statistics. Skills
must be supported by fluency in open source computational and
programming tools such as Linux and R. Furthermore, an understanding
BC’s climate and the challenges of weather observation in the province
is desirable.

Accountabilities

•Assist with the climatological characterization of the region using a
large archive of weather data.

•Develop new 1981 – 2010 and 1991 – 2020 climate normals and climate
normal maps.

•Develop data acquisition streams for US and other non-BC data.

•Address user-highlighted issues with specific station records.

•Apply tools to assess occurrence of extremes in Canada.

Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

Knowledge

•B.Sc. or M.Sc. with major in Meteorology, Geophysics, or other numerate
Earth Science or Computer Science with an interest in earth
science/climatology.

•Strong programming skills preferably in R and Python.

•Familiarity with version control tools such as Git.

•Strong organizational and documenting abilities.

Experience

•Demonstrated work with data analysis and handling of observational data
ideal.

•Demonstrated ability to manage projects on long and short term.

•Experience working with open source software tools/operating systems.

Abilities

•Work in a self-directed manner and within a team environment.

•Able to survey current practice and improve methods where needed.

•Willing to be flexible with job duties.

Employment period

2 year term commitment, subject to satisfactory completion of a 6-month
probationary period, with possibility of renewal dependent on continued
funding.

Weekly working hours
Pay rate

Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Commensurate with education and experience

Additional information: Address enquiries to Faron Anslow at
<climate@uvic.ca>.

Application: Please send your application including a cover letter, CV,
and three professional references to Faron Anslow, _climate@uvic.ca_,
with “ATTN: CAM Climate Data Analyst” in the subject line. Please
indicate whether you are legally able to work in Canada.

Review of applicants will startimmediately and will continue until a
suitable candidate is found.

To apply for this job email your details to climate@uvic.ca