University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Associate Scientist III in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Associate Scientist III

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Job Description

Job Title: Associate Scientist III

Location: Tuscaloosa, AL

Type:Full-time, Exempt

Application Deadline

This position will be posted until November 1, 2018 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Relocation:Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Work Authorization

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Where You Will Work

Located in Boulder, Colorado, UCAR Community Programs (UCP) offers a suite of innovative resources, tools, and services for the atmospheric and Earth science community. UCP was created in 1992 to manage a number of unique programs requested by the UCAR community.

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.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) Office of Water Prediction (OWP) collaboratively researches, develops and delivers state-of-the science, national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, decision-support services and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions. In partnership with NWS field offices, the OWP coordinates, integrates and supports consistent water prediction activities from global to local levels.

The Associate Scientist III position will support hydrologic data analysis and prediction.This position is located at the National Water Center (NWC), Tuscaloosa, AL.

What You Will Do

The Associate Scientist III position works as a member of the OWP Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Division to integration of in situ and remote sensing observations into hydrologic prediction and data assimilation framework such as Joint Effort for Data Assimilation and Integration (JEDI), and associated transition to National Water Model operations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develops and implements advanced data assimilation techniques utilizing JEDI framework for purposes of assimilation of snow water equivalent and soil moisture observations into National Water Model forecast system analysis cycle.

  • Evaluates impact of current and future proposed snow and soil moisture observing strategies to the NWM analysis and prediction using Observing System Experiment and Observing System Simulation Experiment methodology.

  • As appropriate, prepares project documentation, publishes scientific papers/reports and attends conferences/workshops to present results from project activities.

  • Stays abreast of scientific developments by reading journal papers, providing peer-reviews of submitted papers, and attending workshops and training courses as available.

What You Need (Minimum Requirements)

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, or a degree in a relevant academic discipline such as Hydrology, Meteorology and related fields with three to five years’ experience as an Associate Scientist II or equivalent position or a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, Hydrology, Meteorology or related field and a minimum of 5 years related, progressive experience.

  • Experience should provide evidence of considerable professional progress leading to the level of knowledge and skills outlined above. Experience or education must involve scientific research pertinent to the OWP.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Well-developed knowledge of data assimilation techniques and their implementation, desirably in hydrological or environmental analysis and prediction.

  • Strong background in the applied statistic, estimation theory methods applied to data assimilation, desirably in hydrological or earth science modeling.

  • Well-developed understanding of the methods and procedures for conducting scientific research.

  • Strong experience in scientific hypothesis testing.

  • Well-developed knowledge of scientific programming and scripting languages such as C, C++, Fortran, Python, and R.

  • Ability to work in different computer operating systems such as Windows, Linux (UNIX), and Mac OS X.

  • Ability to use tools such as Matlab and ArcGIS.

  • Ability to work independently in a diverse research and development environment.

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a project team(s).

  • Well-developed ability to carry out general instructions.

  • Well-developed ability to organize and prioritize work assignment tasks.

  • Good oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

  • Should be highly self-motivated.


  • Master’s degree/PhD; experience working with hydrologic observations and data assimilation techniques applied to distributed hydrologic models.

Other Requirements:

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 requirements.

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation

  • PTO

  • Paid Holidays

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)

  • Retirement Plan

  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

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.

Job Location

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

Position Type


Appointment Type

Regular, Full-Time (R1)