CIRES/ NOAA WPC Meteorological Developer Associate Scientist

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Professional Research Assistant to provide scientific and technical meteorological expertise, develop and transition deterministic and probabilistic hazard information into forecast operations, with a particular focus on winter weather. The position will be based at the WPC 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) and Climate Prediction Center (CPC). The incumbent will interact with NWS SOOs, NCEP Staff, and the research community to improve NWS forecaster’s use of hazard information.

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

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Weather Prediction Center (WPC):

America’s Go-To Center for high-impact precipitation events and forecast guidance out to 14 days for a Weather-Ready Nation.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  1. Use scientific and technical meteorological expertise to develop tools for the determination of hazard information with an emphasis on winter weather.
  2. Develop web applications using modern industry languages and tools such as; GIS, Python, and PHP.
  3. Coordinate with NWS staff and external researchers to lead the development of forecast tools.
  4. Contribute to formal scientific publications, submit grant proposals, attend off-site conferences, symposia, and hazardous-weather-related outreach events
  5. Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Please note that those 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.
  • Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments or workshops conducted at remote sites.
  • The new hire will be employed by CIRES with technical oversight provided by WPC management. The incumbent works under general supervision but is expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent is expected to serve as a leader of scientific or technical experiments, groups, or teams; therefore strong teamwork and leadership skills are necessary.
  • The position will be based at the WPC in College Park, MD.
  • 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. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $65,000 – $75,000.
  • Some relocation funds are available for this position 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 Masters or PhD Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or a related area is required.
  • At least one year of experience in operational meteorology or applied research is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with considerable experience in ensemble prediction systems and their application to hazardous weather diagnosis and prediction, and some experience with creation/dissemination of probabilistic hazard information.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills are highly desired and a strong ability to work in a collaborative team environment is needed for the position.
  • Experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems, software skills including programming and scripting languages, web page development, and graphic design or illustration.

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. List of contact information for 5 references (2 must be from a professor or supervisor). If you are identified as a finalist for this role, we will also check references through Skillsurvey. Skillsurvey is an online reference check solution.

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 as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until filled, with all applications received prior to December 17 being given equal consideration.

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

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