Visiting Scientist - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

This position will be posted until a sufficient number of applications have been received.


Princetion, NJ

Where You Will Work

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) develops customizable solutions to complex scientific challenges by fostering scientific leadership and workforce, building community collaborations, and facilitating the advancement of research for the benefit of society.  CPAESS facilitates and manages scientific research and research-to-operations appointments for early career and expert scientists at US institutions, federal laboratories and program offices. CPAESS collaborates with the community to provide an array of scientific opportunities that promote lifelong professional and workforce development and that fosters a new generation of leaders within the scientific community.

This position will be located at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ.

This is a full-time, one-year term position with the possibility of renewal for a maximum term of three years.

This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance or work authorization requirements.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

What You Will Do

The Weather and Climate Dynamics division at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ, is hiring a visiting scientist to contribute to the continued development of the GFDL fvGFS and SPEAR models at convection-permitting (< 25 km) to convection-resolving (1-4 km) scales, on nowcast to S2S scales and beyond. The qualified candidate will have a background in atmospheric sciences with experience in using numerical models for weather, seasonal or sub-seasonal scale simulations: examples include but are not limited to severe local storms, tropical cyclones, MJO, or intense rain, wind, ice, or snow events. The qualified candidate should have substantial experience configuring, running, and evaluating numerical models (idealized or comprehensive) for these phenomena.

Responsiblilities Include

The responsibilities of the position will include supporting the PI and other group members' efforts to:

  • Collect observational data and model analyses and forecasts produced by operational centers, including NCEP and ECMWF
  • Analyze model output and verify against observations, including developing forecast diagnostics and verification, using standard datasets and new observational products
  • Improve, automate, and maintain model post-processing, analysis, and plotting packages designed by group scientists.
  • Design of graphical presentation of results, including figures for our real-time prediction website
  • Prepare input data and workflows for weather and climate simulations
  • Document and present model updates and results


A Master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences or related field.

Skill with processing NETCDF format data and using script languages, e.g. C shell, Python or NCL.

Good oral and written communication skills, with an emphasis in technical communication.

How to Apply

Please send application packages to:

Please be sure to include three letters of reference with your application package.

This position will be posted until a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Applicant Notes

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

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