Data Assimilation Intern

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) is a multi-million dollar research organization located on CSU’s Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. CIRA is a cooperative institute (CI) that is also a research department within CSU’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and international resources and partnerships, and assisting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CSU, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit. Expanding on this Vision, our Mission is to serve as a nexus for multi-disciplinary cooperation among CI and NOAA research scientists, University faculty, staff and students in the context of NOAA-specified research theme areas in satellite applications for weather/climate forecasting. Important bridging elements of the CI include the communication of research findings to the international scientific community, transition of applications and capabilities to NOAA operational users, education and training programs for operational user proficiency, outreach programs to K-12 education and the general public for environmental literacy, and understanding and quantifying the societal impacts of NOAA research.

Position Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks to fill 2-3 internship positions as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) award intended to increase the number of experts in the field of data assimilation. The internships, two located at CIRA in Fort Collins, Colorado, and one located at the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, CO, will have a duration of one year and will cover both theoretical and practical training. The individuals in these positions will be members of the CIRA Data Assimilation group and will learn how to use several models and cutting-edge data assimilation techniques used operationally at NOAA. Specifically, each intern will begin training by learning the basic theory and applications of data assimilation through supervised instruction and hands-on practice. After the initial training period, each intern will use his/her knowledge to work on applied, NOAA-sponsored, relevant data assimilation problems that are jointly selected by a NOAA Lab and the intern.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Successful candidate must be legally eligible to work in the US by proposed start date as CIRA will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Meteorology, Oceanography, Hydrology, or related physical science discipline, such as Applied Mathematics and Engineering. Degree must be conferred prior to start date.
  • Ability to travel to visit relevant NOAA labs and attend domestic meetings and workshops
  • Higher education in fundamental physics and/or mathematics;
  • Coding/Programming experience.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Knowledge of numerical analysis methods
  • Knowledge of retrievals and satellite data
  • Knowledge of numerical modeling
  • Experience with high-end computing
  • Experience with scientific programming languages
  • Experience with Fortran 90
  • Interest in NOAA-focused research
  • Ability to work as part of a research development team

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Learning Data Assimilation Duty/Responsibility

  • actively participate in theoretical data assimilation training;
  • complete assigned reading or coding tasks intended to further the interns knowledge of data assimilation.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Research Project Duty/Responsibility

define data assimilation research project applying NOAA operational codes;
Interact with NOAA Lab personnel to optimize value of research;
publish research results in peer-reviewed journals;
support technical presentations of related work;
research relevant science and technology.

Percentage Of Time 50

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

In your cover letter, please specifically address the required and preferred qualifications of this position. While it is not anticipated that any given applicant will satisfy 100% of the preferred qualifications, presenting your relevant experience/expertise via clearly articulated examples will be of great benefit to the search committee. NOTE: A cover letter that fails to address the required and preferred qualifications of this position will result in immediate disqualification for the position.
References may be contacted immediately and without further notification to the candidate.

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Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.