Boulder, Colorado Employment Type:
28-Aug-2020 Close All Job SummaryThe Cooperative Institute for
Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages
applications for a Professional Research Assistant/Associate
Scientist ! This role will support NOAA’s National Centers for
Environmental Information (NCEI). As a scientific software engineer
supporting the NCEI Solar-Terrestrial Physics (STP) program, the
successful candidate will support NCEI’s work with the Deep Space
Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), including efforts to provide a
scientifically improved retrospective data record for the solar
wind instruments. This will include the implementation of
scientific processing algorithms and a processing system for DSCOVR
satellite data. The Professional Research Assistant/Associate
Scientist will be a crucial member of a team of software engineers,
data managers, and scientists dedicated to diverse projects
concerning the processing and dissemination of NOAA’s space weather
About us: NCEI-STP is responsible for oversight of the NOAA
space weather sensors on several satellite constellations,
including the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites
(GOES), DSCOVR, and future missions. These missions provide data
critical both to operational efforts that protect life and property
and to scientific efforts that advance the field. Our team of
software developers and scientists within STP is responsible for
ensuring that current and future space weather sensors provide
effective operational products for use by the NOAA National Weather
Service (NWS) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) as well as
high-quality products to the broader community. STP’s
responsibilities include calibration and validation of space
weather measurements and data products, development of scientific
processing algorithms used by forecasters, development of
retrospective algorithms to build scientifically authoritative
(‘best’) products, and prototyping real-time processing
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. Who We AreAt CIRES, more than 800
environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth
system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a
partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder, and our areas of expertise
include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air
quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth
sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a
sustainable future environment by advancing the scientific and
societal understanding of the Earth system.
https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/ What Your Key Responsibilities Will
Be Implement data processing algorithms that convert DSCOVR
spacecraft and solar wind instrument data to scientific data
products, based on internal and external collaboration.
Install and maintain of DSCOVR scientific product algorithm
software within the NCEI product generation environment.
Optimize of algorithms to achieve the required performance,
based on test results and interactions with partners.
Assist in the design and development of the NCEI space weather
product data services.
Develop software tools to support the interdisciplinary STP
Assist with data product visualizations.
Develop innovative solutions as NCEI transitions to cloud-based
Collaborate with and present findings to the space weather team
and broader space physics community as appropriate.
What You Should Know This position requires U. S. citizenship or
permanent residency (green card).
This position will be rostered in CIRES at CU Boulder but will
be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325
Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. If you are the selected finalist you
will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance
for site access.
What We Can OfferWe can offer a competitive salary and a
comprehensive benefits package. Benefits The University of Colorado
offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement,
paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of
Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County
and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more
about the University of Colorado Boulder .
Be StatementsBe Authentic. Be Game-Changing. Be Boulder.What We
Require U. S. citizenship or permanent residency.
B.S. in Physical Science, Engineering, Computer Science, or
similar technical field.
Four or more years of professional experience in scientific
programming and analysis of environmental data
What You Will Need Proven experience implementing and testing
scientific or mathematical algorithms.
Advanced proficiency in Python and its scientific packages
(e.g., NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib.).
Significant proficiency in Java, sufficient to understand and
modify existing scientific code or port it to Python as
Skill in Unix/Linux operating environments.
Experience developing software using object-oriented design
principles, software standard methodologies, and version
Ability to collaborate with a science team to implement new data
Ability to improve and maintain software authored by other
Understanding of the architecture, implementation, and/or
operation of systems that handle large data sets.
Ability to write clean, self-documented code that can be
maintained by other team members when necessary.
Experience writing unit, integration, and functional tests.
Phenomenal oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team on
Willingness and ability to seek answers from others, and to help
others with their questions.
What We Would Like You To Have A general understanding of space
weather, space-based measurements.
Proficiency in additional languages utilized for scientific
processing, such as IDL and Matlab.
Experience crafting cloud-native and/or cloud-enabled
Experience with architecture, implementation, and/or utilization
of product generation systems
Experience and/or knowledge of real-time analytics.
Experience with data visualization tools.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following
materials: Resume or CV
Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position.
List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing
to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be
verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using
an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of
the United States, please submit a translated version as an
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position
will be posted until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder
Posting Contact Information Posting Contact Name: William
Posting Contact Email: William.Rowland@noaa.gov