Post Doctoral Fellow (Data Assimilation)

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is accepting applications for a Post Doctoral Fellow.


Date posted

Aug. 3, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Aug. 23, 2020 12:00 am


the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)


  • United States

Job description

Job Title: Post Doctoral Fellow (Data Assimilation)
Location: This position will be located in Boulder, CO. Remote workplace arrangements will be acceptable before UCAR enters the green phase.
Once UCAR campuses enter green phase, it will be evaluated if this position will require to relocate to Boulder, CO or will continue to work remotely.
Type: Full-time, Exempt
Position Term: 1-Year, with the possibility of extension. This position is available for a qualified applicant to start immediately.
Application Deadline: This position will be posted until August 23rd, 2020. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
Relocation: A partial relocation package is offered for this position.
Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position. 

Where You Will Work:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences.  NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).


  • Establish verification procedures to (1) quantify observation impact from the combined water vapor, temperature and wind profiles and (2) quantify observation impact from the individual observing instruments.
  • Prepare results for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at meetings and conferences.  Prepare and deliver summary reports or contribute toward project progress reports as needed.
  • Serve as the link to facilitate collaboration between MMM data assimilation experts, EOL instrumentation experts, and NOAA operational requirements. 

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Ph.D. within the last 5 years in atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology, mathematics, statistics or a related area. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in the analysis and use of atmospheric observations.
  • Experience with numerical weather prediction or other numerical prediction for geophysical flows, particularly WRF, FV3 or MPAS.
  • Advanced skills with programming languages and scripting.
  • Knowledge of data assimilation for geophysical systems.
  • Knowledge of research instruments, measurements and data quality control procedures. 
  • Ability to work with Linux/Unix operating systems and display tools.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a diverse research team.

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