CIRES/NOAA PSL Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder and the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) encourages applications for a Research Associate.


Date posted

Nov. 9, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Dec. 9, 2020 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)


  • United States

Job description

CIRES/NOAA PSL Research Associate

Requisition Number: 27459
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time
Date Posted: 30-Oct-2020

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder and the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) encourages applications for a Research Associate from early career scientists with a comprehensive understanding of precipitation processes and experience in mesoscale numerical weather prediction. The Research Associate will have an appointment within the PSL and will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists: to conduct regional and CONUS-scale hydrometeorologic modeling and analyses of conditions leading to extreme precipitation and hydrologic events; to understand current operational forecast weaknesses and identify related research opportunities; and to design and perform numerical model experiments toward improving scientific understanding and addressing operational forecast challenges.
This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Key Responsibilities

  • To set up, run, and analyze model experiments that target phenomena proven to be key forecast challenges related to extreme precipitation events across various regions of the US.
  • To serve as a liaison between NOAA PSL and key NOAA operational forecast groups such as NOAA NCEP/EMC and the National Weather Service.
  • To provide forecast verification of numerical models run both within PSL and also at various operational centers, with a particular focus on precipitation assessment.
  • To contribute to the experimental design of hydro-meteorological and hydro-climatological studies of extreme precipitation events, and to help coordinate these efforts with key operational partners.
  • Collaborate with CIRES and PSL scientists to synthesize analysis results into significant scientific conclusions.
  • To lead and contribute to the publication of research results in the peer-reviewed literature.


  • Ph.D. in meteorology, or a closely related field.
  • Proven experience with the application of convection-allowing models (e.g., WRF or one of NOAA’s operational or research models) and experience with high-performance computing.
  • Demonstrated experience with standard meteorological observational and model data sets and their manipulation and analysis techniques.

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