[ES_JOBS_NET] Project Scientist, NCAR – Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) – Terrestrial Sciences, Boulder, CO

Project Scientist I


Job Description

Scientist I



NOTE:  This
is a full-time, 2-year term position with possibility of
extension.  Initial consideration will be given to
applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on  February 18,
2016.  Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an
as-needed basis.


– Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) – Terrestrial


relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy



will sponsor a work visa to fill this position





position is funded by the Dept. of Energy Next Generation
Ecosystem Experiment in the Tropics (NGEE-T) project
(http://ift.tt/245njcH), and will focus on
constraining simulation models of vegetation dynamics in
tropical forest ecosystems.  The project will have two
principle scientific foci. 1) Fire-vegetation interactions and
the testing and refinement of a coupled model of ecosystem
demography (ED) and fire spread and intensity, in the context
of tropical fire manipulation experiments and 2) Analyzing the
predictions of community composition of new plant
hydraulics–enabled NGEE-T demography model at targeted field
stations in Panama and Brazil.


project includes critical evaluation of model output against
data, modification of model code to enhance process
representation of identified deficient processes, the
scientific analysis of results, the maintenance and further
development of post-processing tools, and the publication of
papers.  The NGEE-T model is developed as a collaborative tool
to be used across land surface modeling schemes, including the
Community Land Model (CLM). This position will have an active
role in the CLM community and the model development team
within the Terrestrial Sciences Section at NCAR.


position will involve close collaboration with project
partners across the NGEE-tropics consortium (lead by Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory) and occasional travel to field
stations in the tropics.


contact Rosie Fisher (rfisher@ucar.edu)
if you have any further questions



Conducts independent
and collaborative research on the role of fire-vegetation
interactions and plant water relations. Enhances the
Community Land Model to accomplish specific research goals
and designs, performs, and analyses model simulations. Works
collaboratively with scientific teams at NCAR, across the
NGEE-T consortium, and external collaborators and
universities to accomplish research tasks.

scientific results through presentations at scientific
meetings, publishing in refereed scientific literature, and
preparing progress reports.

Interacts with the
greater CESM/CLM and university communities, by promoting
and facilitating access to CESM/CLM models, diagnostics
tools and results from the project.

The above statements
describe the primary work being performed.  Additional tasks
may be assigned from time to time.




and Experience:


Ph.D. or equivalent
in, earth system science, environmental science, terrestrial
ecology, or a related field.

Experience of, or
clear, demonstrable, willingness to learn, land surface
model development, Fortran(90) programming, model analysis
and translation of ecological theory into simulation.

experience in writing for scientific peer reviewed journals.



Skills and Abilities:

Expert knowledge of
plant physiology and ecosystem processes.

Knowledge of the
physical and biological basis of land surface models

Experience in one or
more of, tropical ecology, fire science, ecosystem field
studies, land surface modeling, ecosystem modeling, and
plant ecology theory.

Skill in the use of
graphical analysis tools for large datasets (e.g., NCL, IDL,
MatLAB, R).

Skill in the use of
UNIX operating system and its variants.

Ability to
understand and modify code in Fortran90.

Strong skills in
verbal and written communication of scientific results.

Strong interpersonal
skills, relevant to working in a large collaborative

Ability to organize,
prioritize, and coordinates multiple tasks.



Making and Problem Solving:

Develops tasks to
achieve project related objectives and sets day-to-day
priorities, within general guidelines, in consultation with

Solves difficult
research problems with well-developed strategies and general
guidance by supervisor and other collaborators.

reviews literature to aid in solving research questions by
incorporating relevant new ideas, techniques, and recent

Collaborates with
other project members to identify research priorities.

Reaches out
independently to external collaborators

Makes independent
decisions to design sensitivity experiments and to devise
diagnostic and statistical techniques / tools to evaluate
model simulations. Analyzes model output to make logical
conclusions and recommendations based on simulations.

decides on most effective research strategies and on most
effective ways to articulate scientific results. 



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.


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.

Job Location

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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