Visiting Scientist – Model Validation Expert

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

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 National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

This position may be 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.

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

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

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

What You Will Do

This position will lead and oversee the development and evaluation of new storm surge models or advances in existing storm surge models.  This position will independently prepare internal and external reports regarding model results and validation, and present findings at external meetings and conferences.  Will engage other scientists within NOAA and the hydrodynamic community regarding model research and development.  Makes recommendations to the Federal lead of the storm surge program regarding the operational readiness of new models or version of existing models.

Responsibilities Include

  • Conducts and leads the testing and evaluation of new hydrodynamic models or upgrades in existing models used for operational forecasting
  • Independently prepares model validation reports and/or scientific presentations
  • Creates training and outreach materials for use with internal and external training efforts
  • Trains NHC staff on model improvements and upgrades
  • Operational on call support


  • Advanced degree and specialized experience within the fields of meteorology, oceanography, computer science, or Geospatial Information Systems.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to independently develop model validation code and create model validation reports.
  • Ability to independently engage the academic community regarding new research and development.
  • Ability to lead coordination meetings and discussions regarding model development and validation.
  • Knowledge and experience working within a Linux environment (Shell scripting)
  • Knowledge and experience managing code and jobs within a supercomputing environment
  • Knowledge and experience using visualization software such as IDL, Matlab, or equivalent to display model validation results
  • Ability to work well under stressful situations
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a diverse team
  • Ability to quickly assesses and fix complex technical issues

How Apply

Please send application packages to:


This position will remain open 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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