Ocean Modeling Scientist – NCAR

An ocean modeling Scientist position with 12 month base salary support is open in the Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. This position comes with associated software engineering and project scientist support, as well as a share of CGD administrative and computing resources. The specific responsibilities associated with the position are: to conduct original, independent and collaborative research in ocean model development with a particular focus on computational methods and interfacing resolved scale dynamics (ocean dynamical cores) with physical parameterizations across a range of resolutions; to lead and facilitate collaborative research on the incorporation of new ocean dynamical cores within theCommunity Earth System Model (CESM) framework; and to communicate scientific results through both publications in scientific journals and presentations at national and international scientific meetings. These activities will address high-priority technical requirements and are to be coordinated with ocean modeling partners, the CESM Ocean Modeling Working Group (OMWG) and university contributors. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with newly hired Project Scientists and Software Engineers, and existing members of the Oceanography Section of CGD to further these partnerships.

The successful candidate also will be expected to contribute to the CGD mission “To discover the key processes in each component of the Earth’s climate system and to understand the interactions among them; to represent this knowledge in community models that effectively utilize computing advances; and to apply these models and observations to scientific problems of societal relevance.” To fulfill this mission, CGD encourages and supports a triad of interdependent activities: fundamental research into atmospheric and climate processes, community model development, and the application of these models to research the earth’s climate system. CGD is the host center of the CESM, and virtually all its activities and resources directly or indirectly support CESM, either in the immediate or longer term. CGD scientists do have the opportunity to develop an independent research program, within the broad scope of these expectations and of the NCAR and CGD strategic plans. Such research could be either collaborative or independent, but should take advantage of and contribute to NCAR as a national center.

The position will be filled either at the Scientist I, or Scientist II level, depending on experience and qualifications. NCAR Scientist I, Scientist II, Scientist III and Senior Scientist positions are roughly equivalent to university tenure track ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Associate Professor with tenure and full Professor, respectively. Promotion from either Scientist I, or II, is expected sometime within a 5 year term, pending a successful review of scientific productivity and innovation, contributions to CGD and NCAR programs, community service, and emerging scientific leadership.

Information for Applicants: To apply for this position, visit UCAR Human Resources (https://ucar.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&job…). A Ph.D or equivalent experience in physical oceanography or related science or engineering is required. Applicants are requested to supply a cover letter, a statement of research interests and how they might contribute to the CGD mission and strategic plan, a current CV and the names of four potential references. Consideration of applications will begin Monday, November 14.

CGD is a laboratory of NCAR, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) of the National Science Foundation. NCAR is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Further information about NCAR, CGD, the CGD Strategic Plan, and CESM can be found at (http://www2.cgd.ucar.edu).

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