Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A couple of interesting job postings in computational atmospheric chemistry & physics

A couple of interesting job postings in computational atmospheric chemistry & physics



Postdoctoral Researcher

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - Boulder, Colorado

 Postdoctoral Researcher, Tracking Code

  • Job Description

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a new, full-time, one-year term position with possibility of extension. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    NCAR - NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL)

    Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD)

    Relocation benefits not provided.

    If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.) to fill this position.

    Basic Function of Job: The Postdoctoral Researcher will work as part of interdisciplinary teams that are working on cookstove intervention experiments in West Africa and China. The Postdoctoral Research will conduct original research and engage in group research using the Weather Research Forecasting Model with Chemistry (WRF-Chem) to investigate the impact of cooking technologies on emissions, chemistry and climate. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will use laboratory and field measurements to develop emissions inventories and scenarios, and use WRF-chem to simulate air quality and climate.

    Duties Include
    Works with team members to develop emission inventories for the study region. Designs and conducts modeling experiments with WRF-chem. Uses in-situ measurements and satellite observations to evaluate the results. Analyzes WRF-Chem data with respect to other observations and in-situ measurements.

    Collaborates with other researchers and team members to analyze modeling and measurement results. Communicates the results of the research through publication in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, meeting proceedings, presentations at scientific meetings, and contributions to scientific assessments.

    Will work safely in accordance with ACD and NESL procedures, the Employee Safety Handbook and the UCAR Safety Manual. Will report injuries and unsafe conditions to supervisor and the Safety Office

    Education & Experience
  • Ph.D. in physics, atmospheric science or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated record of research and publication.
  • Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
  • Detailed knowledge of fundamental processes controlling atmospheric chemistry and transport.
  • Familiarity with global and regional chemical transport models, so as to be able to run simulations and to customize the model code and inputs for specific studies, along with analyzing the results.
  • Skill in the analysis and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Ability to participate and interact productively in multidisciplinary research.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on scientific research.
  • Detailed knowledge of differential and integral equations, numerical and statistical methods and linear algebra.
  • Skills in written and oral communication of research results and presentation of proposals.
  • Skills in UNIX, FORTRAN and IDL.
  • DESIRED (but Not Required)
  • Experience using the WRF-chem model.
  • The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is anequal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran status.

    Job Location
    Boulder, Colorado, United States



    Scientific Programmer

    Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts

    School/Unit: School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    Department: Atmospheric Sciences Group

    Duties & Responsibilities
    This position is responsible for a variety of assignments within the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group as a member of the GEOS-Chem Support Team. In this role, the incumbent uses the GEOS-Chem global transport model ofatmospheric chemistry and composition, which is used by more than 70 institutions world-wide, to incorporate new scientific and technicalfeatures submitted by the GEOS-Chem user community into the standard source code repository.

    • Benchmarking each successive GEOS-Chemversion with a standard simulation in order to ensure that GEOS-Chem continues to function properly.
    • Writing online documentationthat details recent updates to the GEOS-Chem source code repository. This involves updating the online GEOS-Chem Users' Guide, GEOS-Chemwiki pages, and GEOS-Chem website with information on new features added to the model.
    • Providing help-desk support to over 250GEOS-Chem users worldwide. This often involves responding to questions about running GEOS-Chem simulations, assisting users with debuggingGEOS-Chem code, fulfilling data requests, or providing documentation via the GEOS-Chem website and wiki pages.
    • Assisting Harvardpost-doctoral fellows and graduate students with their research projects. This often involves implementing new scientific features intoGEOS-Chem, conducting GEOS-Chem simulations, or preparing graphical output.
    • Updating the GEOS-Chem Adjoint model to processsatellite data, plane flight data, and surface observations of methane. Also conducts methane simulations using the GEOS-Chem adjoint modeland creates graphical output of the results.
    • Assisting with the refactoring (i.e. major structural renovation) of the GEOS-Chemsource code that will allow the model to become compliant with the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF).
    NOTE: This is a one yearTerm appointment with the possibility of extension.

    Basic Qualifications
    A Bachelor's degree in atmospheric science is required. In addition, a minimum of two years ofexperience working with a research group is required. Programming experience is also required. Experience with Dreamweaver CS5: ACMGwebsite, GEOS-Chem website and MediaWiki: GEOS-Chem wiki is essential.

    Additional Qualifications
    An advanced degree is preferred. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skillsare also necessary to provide help-desk support to worldwide users over 250 users.

    Additional Information
    OTE: Applicants must include a cover letter and a resume to be considered for this position.Please include the cover and resume in one document.

    We regret that SEAS does not provide Visa sponsorship.

    The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) serves as the connecter and integrator of Harvard's teaching and research efforts inengineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are - educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research;integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning andexploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery andinnovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.


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