CIRES/ NOAA PSD Research Scientist in Seasonal-to-Interannual Predictability and Prediction

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a post-doctoral or an early career research scientist to work at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in the Physical Sciences Division (PSD).


The chosen candidate will examine the predictability of environmental conditions related to agriculture at lead times of up to two years for many regions of the globe in support of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). Forecasts of environmental conditions, including sea surface temperatures, precipitation, soil moisture and near surface air temperature from dynamical model-analogs, empirical models and initialized dynamical models will be developed, if applicable, and assessed by the chosen candidate.


The candidate should have excellent technical and communication skills and be comfortable working in a team environment.


Conduct research relevant to the missions of NOAA, PSD and FEWS NET involving predictability and prediction of environmental conditions related to agriculture at lead times of up to two years.

Work collaboratively with a research team, including colleagues at NOAA, FEWS NET and academic institutions.

Effectively convey research through reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and oral presentations.

Assist in the writing of research proposals.

What You Should Know

This position will be in Boulder, Colorado, with an office at ESRL PSD.

This position requires the ability to travel 1-3 times per year.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.


Ph.D. in a physical science with expertise in meteorology, oceanography, hydrology or related discipline.


What We Would Like You To Have

Experience with initialized forecast systems, empirical forecast models and coupled climate models.

Experience developing structured code in commonly used languages.


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.

Application Materials

To apply, please submit the following materials:

Resume or CV

Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time If you are identified as a finalist for this role.

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. Applications will be screened as they are received.


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

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Date Posted

Wednesday, October 2, 2019