Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/ESRL Research Assistant

CIRES/ESRL Research Assistant

CIRES/ESRL Research Assistant - verification/database 

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) have an immediate opening for a research assistant with expertise in verification and analysis of meteorological model data, including strong skills in database management, web development, programming, and scripting.  Some familiarity with atmospheric observations and numerical weather prediction (NWP) models is desirable. The successful candidate will have an appointment within the Assimilation Development Branch of the ESRL Global Systems Division, which conducts extensive model/assimilation development at global and regional scales.
The individual will work as part of the Assessment Team in developing, enhancing, and maintaining computer software for the display of real-time and retrospective model forecasts and corresponding observations, and for the calculation and display of skill-score metrics for global, regional, and storm-scale weather forecast models.  The position is located in Boulder, CO. 
The primary responsibility will be for tasks in the following areas:
* Real-time calculation of verification skill scores based on a comparison of model and observed datasets.
* Database management to allow for efficient, interactive web-based recall of historical forecast, observation, and skill score data and aggregates of these data.
* Web applications using the latest technologies to allow interactive querying and display of verification metrics and other assessment data


* B.S. or M.S. in atmospheric science, computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline.
* Strong background in information processing, and familiarity with SQL databases (MySQL) and web programming.
* Proficiency in UNIX-based scripting languages, such as python. 
* Experience with source code repositories such as git or SVN, and understanding of software development best practices.
* Ability to work in a team environment maintaining real-time web products, and interacting effectively with model and data assimilation development scientists and supercomputer support personnel.
* The ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written).
Desirable Skills
* Familiarity with Fortran, C/C++, or Java.
* Experience with the verification of meteorological forecasts.
* Experience working with geophysical observations.
* Experience in statistical analysis of observation error characteristics and model forecast skill.
* Knowledge of synoptic and mesoscale meteorology.
* Experience in atmospheric modeling.
* Interest in evaluating and implementing new technologies to enhance software and systems in support of model assessment

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Application Materials

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), 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 –One letter of recommendation 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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Professional Research Assistant