Project Scientist I

GFDL Decadal Variability, Predictability and Prediction Project

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, N.J.

NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey USA

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The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs, in cooperation with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), is seeking applications for a Project Scientist I to contribute to research activities in the GFDL Decadal Variability, Predictability and Prediction Project.

The primary tasks will involve the execution of numerical simulations in support of the prediction activity, as well as model diagnostics, the maintenance of relevant data sets, and modifications to model code to enable novel sensitivity experiments and to optimize code performance. This is a one-year term position located at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey, renewable annually contingent upon the availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

The successful candidate will perform sensitivity experiments and decadal prediction experiments using several models, including the GFDL CM2.1 and CM2.5_FLOR models. The candidate will also:

  • Perform post-processing of model output.Multidecadal Climate Changes
  • Analyze the prediction skill and sensitivity of the models.
  • Contribute to model development and optimization as necessary to support the decadal prediction activity.
  • Alter model code in order to facilitate novel model sensitivity experiments.
  • Maintain observational and other data sets necessary for ongoing simulations and for evaluation of model simulations.
  • Contribute to documenting research results for journal publications through diagnostic analyses, as well as potentially making prediction results available for public dissemination.

This candidate will be expected to independently work on the execution and analysis of model simulations, and the evaluation and improvement of overall efficiency of the simulation systems related to the decadal prediction activity.


    • Capable of analyzing and processing large amount of data and outputs.
    • Advanced knowledge of Linux OS on super computers.
    • Advanced knowledge of FORTRAN-90 and MPI.
    • Ability to work independently to carry out critical tasks for the decadal prediction project.
    • Demonstrated understanding of the methods and procedures for conducting scientific research.
    • Capability of running complex numerical modeling systems on parallel processing machines.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • The ability to travel as needed. Ability to sit for extended periods of time while keyboarding.
    • General knowledge of atmospheric and oceanic dynamics.

Education and Experience

    • Ph.D. degree in atmospheric/oceanic sciences, applied mathematics, or closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience of running complex numerical modeling systems on different computer platforms.

Employees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and subject to and covered by UCAR policies with respect to all personnel matters. The selected candidate will receive a fixed annual salary. Benefits include health and dental insurance, sick and annual leave, paid holidays, mandatory participation in a retirement fund (TIAA/CREF), and life insurance.  A relocation allowance of $3,000 for travel, shipping, and other support costs is provided.

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

  1. One to two page statement of interest and experience related to the position description;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Three names to contact as references (name, organization, email)

Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. (MST), Wednesday, 21 October, 2015.
Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

For further information on this and other UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs,
please call 303-497-1605 or send an email to vspapply@ucar.edu.

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