Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Geospace Model Scientist / Scientific Developer

Geospace Model Scientist / Scientific Developer

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, is seeking a research scientist with experience in the development and maintenance of large-scale numerical models to work in the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The scientist will be responsible for assisting with validation efforts and product development for the operational Geospace Model, a global Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model of Earth’s magnetosphere, which uses components of University of Michigan’s Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF) to predict conditions in Earth’s near-space environment and on Earth’s surface. The successful candidate will undertake extensive efforts to validate Geospace model results and employ such results in developing actionable products to assist space weather forecasters and customers in their decision making process. The position is located in Boulder, Colorado. Salary will be commensurate withexperience.


Model Validation

  • Lead validation efforts on evolving model capabilities
  • Scientific analysis of model performance and improvements
  • Create real-time automated validation tools
  • Conduct retrospective runs of significant space weather events to assess model performance and quantify potential improvements
  • Coordinate archival and dissemination of model output for collaboration with other agencies assisting in model validation efforts
  • Interface with the community to help evaluate model performance
  • Present results at scientific meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals

Product Development

Leads efforts to design and transition new applications into real-time operations

  • Coordinate with space weather users and forecaster to identify needs
  • Evaluate model capabilities for meeting those needs
  • Define and develop operational products based on model capabilities and user needs
  • Design, prototype, and transition applications and forecaster interfaces for operational implementation
  • Evaluate product performance. Examples of potential new space weather applications: radiation belt product, geosynchronous orbit product, improved geomagnetic activity forecasts, etc.


  • PhD in related field
  • Experience with the analysis of space weather or space science observations or model results, especially magnetic field variations and their influence on the terrestrial environment
  • Proficiency in computer programming languages such as Fortran, Python, C, and/or IDL

Highly Desirable

  • Expertise in the design, development, and implementation of efficient numerical algorithms
  • Experience in effective visualization of complex data sets
  • Familiarity with large scale numerical models relevant to plasma physics (preferably Magnetohydrodynamics)
  • HPC knowledge/experience desired
  • Ability to think critically and make independent decisions
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex topics both in written and oral forms
  • Ability to work in a collaborative/team environment
  • Code management professionalism, such as version control (git) and coding best practices

Application Materials

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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 – CV; 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 –A non-confidential letter of reference. 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, July 3, 2018