NOAA EMC Visiting Scientist


NOAA Environmental Modeling Center (EMC)
College Park, MD

Deadline: 3 February 2017 | Applications for this position will be accepted on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

Job Description

UCAR's Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESSTM) is seeking to fill a 2 year position at the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) within the National Centers for Environmental Prediction’s (NCEP) Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) in College Park Maryland. 

The successful candidate will work on developing an improved analysis capability for atmospheric conditions (sustained wind, wind gust, pressure and stability) near the surface and in the vicinity of where named tropical cyclones reached landfall along the coasts of the United States. The candidate will work with and supplement an existing team at EMC advancing the capabilities of the Real-Time Mesoscale Analysis (RTMA) and the Unrestricted Mesoscale Analysis (URMA).

The work is in the specific context of the Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses (COASTAL) Act which requires NOAA to produce detailed post-storm analyses following named landfalling tropical storms to permit FEMA to “adjudicate” between wind-caused damages versus water-caused damages. A demonstration system is to be in place at the end of a two-year period.

Qualifications and Requirements

The candidate is expected to have an M.S. with at least five years of work experience or a recent Ph.D. (preferred) in meteorology or atmospheric sciences with experience in one or more of the following areas.

  • Working with observational near-surface data both over land and over water, including dealing with issues of quality control.  Familiarity with BUFR would be beneficial.
  • Working with sophisticated objective analysis systems especially those based on the variational technique. 
  • Working with numerical prediction models, such as HWRF or NMMB, especially when used as the background for objective analysis systems.  Familiarity with GRIB2 would be beneficial. 
  • Knowledge and experience with scientific programming (e.g., FORTRAN, C/C++, Perl, and/or Python), with parallel programming using MPI and/or OpenMP, with shell scripts and/or workflows in a UNIX environment, and with one or more graphics utilities (e.g., GrADS, GEMPAK, NCL, IDL, and/or Matlab).  

The candidate must have good communication skills and be able to work with a diverse group of scientists across multiple organizations who are involved in various aspects of the COASTAL Act project. 

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How to Apply

You will need to submit the following as a single *.pdf attachment:

  • Cover letter identifying this position, including a statement of research interests
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of publications in refereed journals
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Applications may be sent electronically to (UCAR cannot accept *.zip files)

VSP also accepts applications mailed to:

UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000

For further information, call (303) 497-1605 or e-mail

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EO/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace.