CIRES/ NOAA PSL Research Associate within Model Representation of Atmospheric Physical Processes

NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) is encouraging applications for a Research Scientist.


Date posted

Dec. 10, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Feb. 10, 2021 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences


  • United States

Job description

CIRES/ NOAA PSL Research Associate within Model Representation of Atmospheric Physical Processes

Requisition Number: 27903
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time
Date Posted: 08-Dec-2020

Job Summary

NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) is encouraging applications for a Research Scientist to join our team at CU/CIRES. This position's primary responsibility is to conduct research on advancing the atmospheric physics suite in NOAA's Unified Forecast System (UFS), which is a fully coupled (atmosphere/ocean/land/sea-ice/wave) model for weather prediction and Earth system simulations. The individual in this position will participate in a team effort to develop and test parameterization components of atmospheric physics, focusing on their interaction to improve the UFS' skills in prediction applications on various spatial and temporal scales. Specific research activities in this position will include applying innovative diagnostic techniques to identify and mitigate atmospheric model biases and using observations to improve the representation of physical processes concerning the interaction between radiation and clouds. The successful candidate will not only be performing cutting-edge research on the representation of physical processes in atmospheric models, but contributing directly to the improvement of NOAA's operational forecast systems that are used to protect life and property. 

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.


  • To work with the physics teams across NOAA PSL, GSL, and EMC to set up and run global forecast experiments using the NOAA UFS and analyze processes associated with clouds/radiation and their interaction. 
  • Propose improvements in process interaction to mitigate model forecast biases. 
  • To lead and contribute to the publication of research results in the peer-reviewed literature.


  • PhD in Atmospheric Sciences or relevant field.
  • Proven experience with weather prediction model physics development and high-performance computing.
  • Demonstrated experience with standard meteorological observational and model data sets and analysis techniques.

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