Climatologist, Cloud to Street

Cloud to Street is looking for a best-in-class climatologist.

 

Date posted

Apr. 3, 2018 12:00 am

Application deadline

Apr. 20, 2018 12:00 am

Organization

Cloud to Street

Location

  • United States

Job description

Climatologist, Cloud to Street

DESCRIPTION Develop spatialized return interval estimates by pairing precipitation with satellite derived flood data

LOCATION New York, NY or Ann Arbor, MI; remote working is possible for the right candidate

DETAILS 2-6 month consulting position with the potential to transition to a full time position

SALARY & COMPENSATION Competitive short-term employee pay with possibility of extension to full time position; full time position comes with equity, competitive salary and generous benefits

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BACKGROUND & RATIONALE Cloud to Street is a remote sensing platform that dynamically monitors floods around the world and analyzes local flood risk in a web dashboard at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional modeling. Our mission is to ensure that all vulnerable communities have the data they need to prepare and respond by reducing the scientific barrier to disaster information. Our systems will power flood insurance for 10 million new customers and provide actionable risk data for the 100 most vulnerable watersheds around the world within 5 years.

In partnership with Google Earth Outreach, the Dartmouth Flood Observatory and others over the last 3 years, we developed the core algorithms behind our technology and developed socio-physical flood risk assessments and local dashboard tools in India, Argentina, Senegal, the Nile Basin, and New York, funded primarily by the World Bank. In 2018, we are releasing the world’s largest database of flood maps - The Global Flood Database. Currently, we are supporting monsoon preparations for the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh with our flood probability maps and eventually flood monitoring.

We are looking for a best-in-class climatologist to lead scientific development of methods for analyzing extreme events with precipitation data to better understand risk. The focus of the short term project will be combining precipitation with our large library of remotely sensed flood extent data to understand historic trends and flood risk. In addition to algorithm and/or statistical development, this person will provide technical support to project stakeholders, help develop project proposals, and work closely with the remote sensing analyst and chief scientist.

SCOPE OF WORK

  • Develop return times and statistical distributions of extreme events for precipitation from satellite data
  • Combine precipitation analysis with satellite based flood extent and depth
  • Develop and share reproducible code in Python via GitHub
  • Technical support for clients and assist with final written reports, training materials
  • Explore storm prediction tools for local stakeholders

KEY COMPETENCES, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Masters or PhD (Ph D preferred) in geosciences or related field with focus on precipitation and geospatial analysis
  • Experience with data science related fields such as computer science, applied mathematics, information technology, physics or software engineering
  • Experience coding in Python with raster data (e.g. Geotiffs)
  • Proven track record developing precipitation methods for analyzing extreme events
  • A commitment to justice, diversity, science and solidarity with vulnerable communities 
  • Ability to work on a remote team with a fast-paced startup mentality
  • Preferred: Experience with Google Earth Engine Javascript and Python APIs
  • Preferred: Experience using the Google Cloud Ecosystem

POSITION DETAILS

  • 2-6 month consultant position with the potential to transition to a full time position

FULL TIME POSITION BENEFITS

  • Competitive start-up salary
  • Equity stake in the company
  • Office space in New York City or Ann Arbor
  • Generous benefits package 

HOW TO APPLY Applicants are requested to send their submissions to iring@cloudtostreet.info
with:

  1. Subject line: Climatologist, Cloud to Street
  2. Relevant publications or other scientific work
  3. Attached CV/Resume
  4. Paragraph expressing interest within the submission email

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed until April 20 with the intent to start the right candidate as soon as possible.

 

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