Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/GSD Software Evaluation Lead

CIRES/GSD Software Evaluation Lead

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder collaborates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located at the Earth System Research Lab (ESRL), Global Systems Division (GSD) in Boulder, CO.

The Weather Information System Evolution (WISE) section within GSD develops weather-related software, systems, and associated tools used by numerous governmental agencies (domestic and international).  A primary focus of WISE is developing improvements to the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) II, a computer system used by the National Weather Service (NWS) around the country. This system consists of software written primarily in Java and Python code. 

One key development effort by WISE is the creation of Hazard Services.  Hazard Services is a multi-year effort, and one foundational aspect of the program is to combine the capabilities of AWIPS WarnGen, Graphical Hazard Generator, and RiverPro into a single application. Currently, these critical applications allow NWS forecasters to produce hazard watch, warning, and advisory products and deliver various services. Other development areas for Hazard Services have, or will soon, include probabilistic hazard information, NWS National Center applications, and potential applications for international agencies. All three of these efforts require testing and evaluation of the software and associated workflows.

WISE is seeking a meteorologist to serve as a Software Evaluation Lead for several development teams within the Section. While the focus will be on testing and evaluating new functionality in Hazard Services on the AWIPS II platform, testing and evaluations on other systems could also be required. This position will be a critical component of the Hazard Services team, and will inform the software design and development based on testing and evaluation activities.  Close interaction with user groups (e.g., operational forecasters, hydrologists, NWS Management, etc.), as well as software developers from various agencies such as GSD, NWS, and Raytheon, Inc. will be essential. 

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.


  • Under the guidance of the Program and Technical Leads, lead the testing and evaluation efforts for WISE development software, with a focus on the Hazard Services program.
  • Perform testing and evaluation of WISE software, with a focus on the Hazard Services program.
  • Provide guidance to developers based on user interactions, as well as test and evaluation results.
  • Lead Test Team scrums and meetings, and facilitate test and evaluation-related communications.
  • Lead or participate in meetings and conference calls with external users and developers, including forecasters, hydrologists, contractors, and management.
  • Participate in Functional Assessment Tests and Regional Assessment Tests.
  • Install and test code reviews to determine the correct functioning of new code developed.
  • Write test plans based on predefined forecasting workflows.
  • Assist the AWIPS configuration manager in the correct configuration of the AWIPS II system.
  • Attend periodic meetings, workshops, and conferences with forecasters and technical staff.
  • Report results through submission of tickets or formal documents.

What You Should Know

Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology or closely related field.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status.
  • Pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, Federal background check).

  • An understanding of the NOAA/NWS forecast and warning process.
  • Experience and familiarity with NOAA/National Weather Service operations.
  • At least one year experience with AWIPS II.
  • Experience running applications in a Linux environment.
  • Skill at troubleshooting complex technical problems.
  • Advanced communication skills in order to relate ideas, results, and plans to management and colleagues.
  • The ability to manage time well and prioritize work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated reliability, self-motivation, and organization.
  • A vision for advancing technical concepts, ideas and methods.
  • Creativity in developing unique solutions to new or unusual problems.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master's Degree in science or technical field.
  • Background in computer systems, system networking, software installation, and programming languages, preferably Java and Python.


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 in PDF format:

  • Resume/CV.
  • Cover Letter.
  • Proof of degree in either a transcript confirming highest degree or a copy of diploma.
  • Contact information (email and phone number) for 3 references.
    • If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only the search committee.

Screening will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Date Posted

Tuesday, October 16, 2018