Where You Will Work:
The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS-pronounced: see-pass), under the UCP, provides an extensive portfolio of placement, management, and organizational services for the broad Earth System Science community. CPAESS develops innovative solutions to complex scientific challenges, advances research capacity, and fosters community collaborations.
CPAESS provides professional development, training, and research opportunities for early career to expert scientists. The CPAESS community includes placements at prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, short- and long-term appointments at US Federal research labs and institutions, research internships, and summer school opportunities for graduates and postdoctoral scientists. These research and training opportunities provide mentoring and career advancement; lifelong collaboration through program alumni networks; and the advancement of science worldwide through university, federal, state, municipal level, and private sector partnerships. CPAESS employees and sponsors collectively work toward advancing scientific research for the benefit of society.
What You Will Do:
Chief Science Advisor to lead the Unified Forecast System (UFS) community to establish and implement science and development priorities, strategies and supportive organizational structures in concert with NOAA. Communicate scientific results in both oral and written forms by presenting UFS at national and international meetings and in journal articles. Represent UFS in the science community, and build strategic and collaborative partnerships for the UFS within the broader numerical weather prediction (NWP) community. Coordinate and build collaborations among UFS working groups and application teams and among various UFS research and development projects. Ideally, the Chief Science Advisor will also maintain an active UFS-based research program.
The Unified Forecast System (UFS) is a community-based, coupled, comprehensive Earth modeling system. It is designed to support the Weather Enterprise and to be the source system for NOAA's operational numerical weather prediction applications. Potential candidates are referred to for additional information on UFS and its community members.
The duty location of the position is negotiable. Funding will be provided for either a full-time position or part-time with remaining funds for support staff.
Co-chair the Unified Forecast System (UFS) (SC) and lead the SC to: https://www.weather.gov/about/weather-enterprise
Plan and lead annual Steering Committee meetings, where the UFS Community will develop both short and long term strategies and plans
Work collaboratively with NOAA and Community Modeling (oversight) Boards, aligning science priorities with operational forecast goals; Report bi-annually to NOAA and Community Modeling Boards on progress of the UFS
Represent the UFS to the national and international community at meetings, conferences.
Develop collaborations with national and international numerical weather prediction community, to use common model components, infrastructure, and model testing approaches
DECISION MAKING & PROBLEM SOLVING
High-level problem solving and strong leadership skills are required. Routinely investigates and solves unique, highly complex problems using sound judgment, considerable creativity, and expert scientific and technical knowledge. Evaluates complex situations and problems and makes decisions on how best to proceed. In consultation with colleagues, develop innovative and ingenious solutions to very complex technical and organizational challenges. The incumbent will work with minimal supervisory oversight and will periodically report to the NOAA Directors.
What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience:
PhD and at least 15 years of experience developing numerical weather prediction systems or Earth system models.
Experience with building operational systems, services and products related to NWP and reanalysis.
Experience with high-performance computing, cloud computing, data archiving and/or data services.
Experience working with funding agencies and other stakeholders.
National and internationally recognized contributions to Earth system modeling and numerical weather prediction reflected in a strong publication record.
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