NOA1913 Support Scientist (Model Eval)
I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG), a federal government contractor, is seeking a candidate to support the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) as a meteorologist developer who will have direct interactions with scientists at NCEP centers, National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices, the NWS Science and Operations Officer community, NOAA research facilities, and academia. The candidate will provide support to EMC’s Model Evaluation Group (MEG), assisting with their efforts to evaluate and verify NCEP models on regional and global scales. Areas of focus will include forecasts of heavy precipitation, winter storms, severe convection, tropical systems, aviation applications, and large-scale circulations.
Specific activities may include but are not limited to the following:
- Support efforts to post process and visualize model output.
- Provide general support on verification and post processing of model output.
- Evaluate and assess the guidance provided by multiple numerical weather prediction (NWP) model forecasts of high-impact events.
- Assess and validate the longer-term performance of parallel versions of NWP models using objective (statistical) and subjective methods.
- Work with NWS forecasters in the field to keep them informed of model biases and upcoming changes, and investigate model problems that they report.
- Provide rapid response by evaluating low-skill events from the operational Global Forecast System in real time.
The candidate should have an M.S. or Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or meteorology.
Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
- Extensive practical application of computing languages such as FORTRAN and C, geophysical data formats (NetCDF, GRIB, BUFR etc.), and graphical display programs such as GEMPAK, MATLAB, IDL, Cartopy, etc.
- Extensive experience in developing programs and scripts using FORTRAN and UNIX
- Experience in advanced scripting languages (e.g., UNIX, PERL, ksh, Python, Ruby etc.)
- Experience in model testing and evaluation and/or knowledge of verification principles.
- Experience developing professional, scientific presentations and reports using the MS Office Suite and/or Google Office Suite.
- Ability to analyze/plot and verify model output independently.
- An understanding of weather forecasting using the environmental prediction models from the NCEP production suite.
- Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively with scientists of diverse backgrounds and to present results accurately and clearly in both oral and written form
- Ability to work independently and in the team environment
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Basic knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of geophysical models.
- Basic knowledge in MPI parallel programing.
- Demonstrated skill in performing tasks requiring organization and attention to detail.
- Knowledge of statistical principles and strong analytical skills.