NOAA NHC Storm Surge Visiting Scientist

NOAA NHC Storm Surge Visiting Scientist
Miami, FL

Deadline: 27 January 2017 | Applications for this position will be accepted on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

Position Description

NOAA and FEMA have a multi-year Inter-agency Agreement (IAA) in place for the NHC to advance the storm surge modeling system, SLOSH, for the purpose of supporting the National Hurricane Program. The role of NOAA's NHC is to develop storm surge vulnerability data in order to provide input for hurricane planning and mitigation activities, emergency management training and readiness, and hurricane evacuation zones. FEMA and NOAA have since modified this agreement to further include high-resolution inundation mapping. As these requests are met, NHC seeks to further expand its existing partnership with UCAR's Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESSTM) by adding a second position in the NHC Storm Surge Unit (SSU).

The CPAESS candidate will work closely with NHC staff to aid in fulfilling the demands of the NOAA/FEMA IAA. Specifically, the duties required will include data analysis, modeling research and development as it relates to storm surge, and GIS applications. The visiting scientist will attain expertise in storm surge and related modeling, a robust understanding of the SLOSH modeling system, and the ability to improve and advance operational products. The visiting scientist will also work with other Federal staff and contractors to handle the physical delivery of improved data and products for FEMA.

Educational Background

Required: M.S. Degree in Physical Oceanography, Meteorology, Civil Engineering, GIS, or closely related field

Desired: PhD in Physical Oceanography, Meteorology, Civil Engineering, GIS, or closely related field

Professional Experience/Training

Required: Strong written and oral communication skills including public speaking, ability to work within a team environment including shared projects/tasking, ability to work within a fast-paced environment associated with land falling tropical cyclones, ability to work on multidisciplinary projects, and strong project/time management skills.

Highly Desired

Experience in tropical cyclone and storm surge forecasting, hydrodynamic modeling, GIS, Unix/Linux experience including shell scripting, programming (Python, Fortran, etc), Matlab/IDL or closely related visualization software, experience working within a supercomputing environment, experience working with remotely sensed data (LIDAR, SONAR, etc), and experience working with bathymetric and topographic data sets.  

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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

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