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Associate Scientist II

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									                                            Associate Scientist II
                          National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center
                                         Chanhassen, Minnesota

                                            Deadline: Friday, 1 April, 2011
                                                   [5:00pm MST]

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Visiting Scientist
Programs office is recruiting an Associate Scientist to work at the
National Weather Service National Operational Hydrologic Remote
Sensing Center (NOHRSC), located in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The selected applicant will provide scientific development and operational
support for hydrology and water resources applications at NOHRSC. The
successful candidate will perform data assimilation, land surface model
evaluation and analysis, and other computer programming task. The
applicant will participate fully in well-defined projects with general
guidance and supervision, and solve difficult technical problems in
collaboration with peers.

Job Description:

      Modify, implement and operate distributed Land Surface Models. Perform model data interpretation
       and various types of analysis, including assimilation, sensitivity studies, operational interpretation and
       analysis of hydrologic conditions and model representations. (60%)
      Provide a broad variety of support functions required to ensure the effective production and distribution
       of operational products, including but not limited to: retrieval, visualization and analysis of
       hydrometeorological forcing datasets. Analyzing land surface parameters such as soils classification
       data, land use and land cover datasets. (20%)
      Help develop, support, and maintain data visualization applications and products. (10%)
      Preparation of technical reports and scientific publications, and presentation of papers at seminars and
       scientific meetings. Represent the NOHRSC at a variety of internal and external meetings and
       workshops. (10%)

Required knowledge, skills & abilities:

      Knowledge and experience with surface water hydrology,
       hydrologic data collection, and land-surface modeling, preferably
       in a variety of environments.
      Ability to operate and analyze spatially distributed land surface
       models such as (but not limited to) the NCAR Community Land
       Model, the community Noah land surface model, the Variable
       Infiltration Capacity model, or similar models.
      Skill in GIS and spatial data processing using ArcGIS, ArcInfo,
       Python, and IDL, or extensive experience in comparable geographic information systems.
      Skill in data visualization, statistical analysis techniques and related statistical software applications.
      Skill in writing and modifying program source code in FORTRAN and C / C++, ability to use or learn
       SQL for relational database management.
      Ability to communicate with immediate scientific colleagues in oral and written contexts, including
       presentation of papers at seminars and scientific meetings.
      Ability to organize and manage a wide variety of complex data.
      Ability to work effectively with guidance by a scientific supervisor or other scientists, without requiring
       close supervision.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and two to three years experience in above tasks under comparatively close
supervision and direction. Although not required, a Master’s degree or higher in hydrology, watershed science,
or related discipline would be very desireable.

This is a full time replacement two-year term position with the possibility of extension. Partial Relocation
benefits provided.



Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 1 April, 2011 [5:00pm MST]
Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Apply at UCAR Employment Opportunities

Applicants must submit a cover letter as well as a resume.

                                               UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs
                                                        P.O. Box 3000
                                                Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA
                                                        303.497.8649

								
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