Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/SWPC Professional Research Assistant

CIRES/SWPC Professional Research Assistant

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a full-time Professional Research Associate to work with the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), located in Boulder, Colorado.
Our mission at SWPC is to deliver a real operational coupled Whole Atmosphere Model - Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Electrodynamics (WAM-IPE) model and products in the near future, as highly expected from NCEP.  This job encompasses the development, maintenance, and management of the Ionosphere Plasmasphere Electrodynamic (IPE) model on the NOAA/NCEP super computers. The appointment is expected to begin as soon as possible after 1st November 2016.


Maintain the IPE code and version control and keep it up-to-date and available for runs-on-demand.
Run model on demand for test, evaluation, and validation.
Work with numerical models on NOAA supercomputers, using massively parallel high performance computing techniques
Optimize, operate, and analyze performance of our models to improve the research and predictive capabilities
Perform numerical simulations of the code for numerical analysis 
Assist with using the model coupling interfaces, such as Earth System Modeling Framework to couple IPE and WAM
Develop scientific visualization package and a user friendly interface
Develop and run post-processing analyses for evaluation of model output.
Participate in model validation activities

Ability to establish good working relationships with the programmers and scientists who develop the models
Ability to work with developers and scientific programmers in a collaborative development environment.


Candidates with a B.Sc. degree in a related field will be considered as a Professional Research Assistant; candidates with a Ph.D. with a strong interest in high performance scientific computing will be considered as a Research Associate.
Familiarity with high performance computing proficiencies and big data technologies
Familiarity with using complex numerical models, debugging, performance analysis, benchmarking and tuning.
Familiarity and knowledge of scalable parallel techniques and programming, such as MPI, OpenMP, and/or GPU
Familiarity with computational physics including numerical schemes and algorithm
Willingness to work effectively in a team developing environment
Experience working with a variety of operating systems and environments including Windows, Mac, and Linux
Proficient in variety of computer languages, experience with FORTRAN is particularly required

Questions, please contact: Naomi Maruyama Email:


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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s) 

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 3 – The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 – List of three references and all contact information. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

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Date Posted

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Professional Research Assistant