Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)
Commensurate with experience.
In coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University is accepting applications to a Visiting Scientist Program (VSP) to support the activities of the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA). The visiting scientist program seeks to stimulate collaboration and idea exchange between science partners for the purpose of advancing/accelerating the use of satellite observations in weather, climate and environmental analysis and prediction. A wide range of research topics fall under the umbrella of this VSP, and applicants are encouraged to propose ideas that resonate with the understood challenges and current research fronts of satellite data assimilation. These topics include but are not limited to: • Radiance assimilation techniques within operational systems and reanalysis, including all-sky (cloudy/precipitating) observations and over all surface types. • Satellite data assimilation from passive and active, microwave, infrared and visible sensors (such as SNPP/ATMS, CrIS, VIIRS, OMPS, scatterometers, GCOM-W AMSR-2, etc • Satellite data assimilation from both polar and geostationary sensors with applications in both global and regional models • Readiness for the assimilation of future sensors such as GOES-R, GPM,NASA/SMAP • Improvements to the accuracy, efficiency, scalability and error characterization of radiative transfer models. • Improved surface radiation schemes, including high resolution representation of surface emissivity and bidirectional reflectance distribution. • Microwave and infrared imager data quality-control, pre-processing and observational error characterization. • Assimilation of new data (not assimilated) with a potential to improve analysis accuracy and forecast skills. • Satellite data sampling and thinning techniques, observational operator improvements • Design of Observing System Experiments and Observing System Simulation Experiments for current/future sensor impact studies.
Selected candidate(s) will interact closely with a team of scientists at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD, to advance satellite data assimilation techniques.
Eligibility: Appointments will be made to Ph.D.-level scholars and university faculty planning sabbatical leave. Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis and preference will be given to candidates who have established a general plan in coordination with a host scientist who is working on satellite data assimilation issues. This program is open to scientists from all countries, and appointments can begin at any time during the year.
Salary and Duration: The terms of this appointment are negotiable, but targeted for 3 to 6 months. The annual salary is commensurate with experience and is meant to cover all lodging, commuting, and living expenses incurred over the course of the visit. A modest relocation reimbursement will be provided up to $3,000 against receipts, and a research budget will be provided up to $3,500.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
For full consideration, apply by: December 31, 2013. Review of applications will begin in January 2014 and may continue until the position(s) is/are filled. Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals outlining their research and specific ideas for collaboration, along with a current CV, budget requirements, and list of three references to the attention of Human Resources Manager at the following email address: email@example.com. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Please put your last name and 13-132 in the subject line of the e-mail.
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