Visiting Scientist, Modeler/Code Optimization – CPAESS

Visiting Scientist – Modeler/Code Optimization

This position will be posted until September 7, 2018 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Where You Will Work

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) develops customizable solutions to complex scientific challenges by fostering scientific leadership and workforce, building community collaborations, and facilitating the advancement of research for the benefit of society.  CPAESS facilitates and manages scientific research and research-to-operations appointments for early career and expert scientists at US institutions, federal laboratories and program offices. CPAESS collaborates with the community to provide an array of scientific opportunities that promote lifelong professional and workforce development and that fosters a new generation of leaders within the scientific community.

This position will be located at either the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL or the National Centers for Environmental Prediction in College Park, MD.

This position may be subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance or work authorization requirements.

This is a full-time, one-year term position with the possibility of renewal for a maximum term of three years.

Partial relocation assistance is available for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

What You Will Do

This position will lead and oversee the development new code and/or optimization of existing storm surge and wave modeling code for the purposes of achieving optimal performance to meet operational runtime requirements.  This position will work closely with the Federal lead of the storm surge program at NHC and numerical modeling experts within NCEP to recommend the operational readiness of new code for operational implementation within NCEP’s supercomputing environment.  Works closely with system engineers and technical experts within NCEP’s Central Operations to establish timelines and objectives for the testing, evaluation, and eventual implementation of new modeling code onto NCEP’s supercomputing environment.

Responsibilities Include

  • Code optimization development and testing
  • Liaison with NCEP’s Central Operations, NCEP Environmental Modeling Center, NCEP National Hurricane Center, and NWS Meteorological Development Lab to establish timelines and requirements for operational implementation of new modeling code and optimization strategies to achieve necessary runtimes and outputs to meet operational requirements.


Ph.D. and at least three years of specialized experience within the fields of meteorology, oceanography, or computer science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Skills

  • Proven ability to independently and quickly assess and resolve technical issues associated with modeling projects and testing conducted within a supercomputing environment
  • Strong ability to lead technical discussions and trouble shoot complex hydrodynamic and wave modeling projects
  • Develops solutions to complex problems that require regular use of ingenuity and creativity.
  • Technical problems are solved over a long-term, often in consultation with peers.
  • Ability to work well under stressful situations
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a diverse team
  • Ability to quickly assesses and fix complex technical issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with an emphasis in technical communication.
  • Advanced skill in planning and managing project goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge and experience working with Python and Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS)

How Apply

Please send application packages to:


This position will be posted until September 7, 2018 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Applicant Notes

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

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