ESPC Engineer Scientist
Silver Spring, MD
Our client, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), partners with several other federal agencies in two multi-agency programs called the National Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC) and the National Unified Operational Prediction Capability (NUOPC). The National ESPC is an inter-agency effort that focuses on extending environmental modeling predictions to longer time scales and multiple coupled regimes, and relies on development of the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF) for critical infrastructure. NOAA’s focal point for the National ESPC is in OAR’s Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ). NUOPC is a strategic partnership between NWS, USAF, and Navy that has fundamentally improved forecast model output for use by decision makers by creating an ensemble of the existing operational models.
NOAA is in need of an Engineer/Scientist to provide scientific, technical and programmatic services to the OWAQ Director and coordinate closely with Physical Scientist and Program Analyst colleagues to effectively develop, plan, implement and track interagency projects, assess and control performance, and manage risk and interdependencies to meet the project goals and objectives throughout program / project life cycles.
• Interact regularly with agency program managers to gather information on existing numerical prediction advancement projects (including ensemble model design and post-processing initiatives) supporting National ESPC research and modeling goals
• Interact regularly with NOAA laboratories and offices to gather and maintain information on existing numerical prediction advancement projects (including ensemble model design and post-processing initiatives) supporting National ESPC research and modeling goals.
• Maintain a working inventory of appropriate NOAA and agency projects, cross-referenced as useful, and compared with guidance from existing NRC and agency strategies.
• Provide updates on progress and issues to National ESPC staff members as well as leadership.
• Provide working inventory updates to assist in building a cross-agency strategy for presentation to the ESG.
• Participate in coordination and review of research and development strategies, implementation, documenting, and supporting advanced techniques for numerical prediction modeling; present information for discussion and review.
• Support the design of a cross-agency national multi-model environmental prediction capability with agency updates.
• Support the preparation of Strategic Plans, Program Baseline Assessments, Annual Operating Plans (AOP), cost/schedule performance reporting, and schedules for internal meeting coordination.
• Assist in creation of program and project life cycle documents such as requirements documents, program and project plans, and development, test, deployment, and science and implementation plans.
• Minimum of a MA/MS degree in a meteorology, oceanography, or related science.
• Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience interacting with government agencies
• Minimum of 2 years of technical writing experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
• Commitment to providing excellent customer service
• Flexibility and, above all, reliability
• Experience/skills in setting priorities and managing multiple tasks simultaneously
Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
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