PLEASE NOTE: This is a new, full-time two-year term position with possibility of extension. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to Friday, February 27, 2015. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

NCAR – NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL)

Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD)

Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy

If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.) to fill this position.

Basic Function of Job: Provides support for a National Science Foundation (NSF) collaborative project in conjunction with the University of Montana to utilize an integrated data/model approach designed to address the long-standing enigma of Pliocene Arctic warmth. The goal of the project is to give a clarifying explanation of the interaction among terrestrial feedback mechanisms during the Pliocene and their role in amplifying Arctic surface temperatures.

Project priorities will be determined in conjunction with the NCAR Project PI, in collaboration with the University of Montana PI.

Fully participates and contributes to the modeling of various factors influencing Arctic climate during the Pliocene using the CESM model. Contributes to the experimental design; oversees integrations; manages relevant input, output, and comparative data sets; carries out detailed and innovative analyses of model simulations; and facilitates the dissemination of results. Collaborates on the development of post-processing tools for diagnosis of the CESM simulations. Documents experimental and diagnostics procedures. Organizes and maintains a comprehensive database of simulation output and analysis.

Conducts independent and collaborative scientific research related to the project goals. Coordinates and supports interactions with the team members from the University of Montana. Participates in, and contributes to, the CESM modeling activities, specifically by critically evaluating the atmosphere-land feedbacks. Suggests modifications and improvements to the atmosphere and land models of CESM for applications to long time scales.

Takes the lead and participates in writing of scientific journal articles and formal reports. Presents results at relevant meetings.

Interacts with the greater CESM and university communities, by providing expertise on the capabilities of CESM for paleoclimate problems. Interacts with participants of the international PlioMIP project, including assessments of simulations and design of future experiments.


Education and Experience:
Ph.D. or equivalent in oceanic, atmospheric, or related earth sciences by the start of the position and within the last 5 years.
-Demonstrated experience in working with large scientific computer programs.
-Demonstrated experience in developing complex simulation models.
-Demonstrated record of publication in scientific peer reviewed journals.
Extensive experience with coupled climate models.
-Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing reliable Fortran modules for complex geophysical systems, particularly climate models.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Demonstrated understanding, through published or academic work, of modeling complex, geophysical processes. Thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of atmosphere and land models.
-Demonstrated knowledge of the UNIX operating system and its variants, including skill in writing shell scripts.
Knowledge of graphical analysis tools, e.g., IDL, NCL. MatLab.
-Detailed knowledge of data analysis methodologies for climate and land models.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Ability to assess priorities.
-Knowledge of web-based communication.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran status.

Job Location:
Boulder, Colorado, United States