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Support Scientist - NOA1917

RCJ Consulting, LLC College Park, MD
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Support Scientist

Job Description


Our client is seeking a candidate to support the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in carrying out research and development work related to the future operational Nearshore Wave Prediction System (NWPS). The candidate’s work will involve the development, execution, testing and evaluation of several different components of the proposed NWPS that include the dynamic core of the Simulate Wave Nearshore model (SWAN), multiple high-resolution unstructured meshes for near shore regions, advanced physics parameter sets, data assimilation, and coupling to circulation models. The candidate will also perform system-wide testing of all associated codes and scripts and provide support for its transition to operations.


The candidate should have an M.S. or Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or meteorology, oceanic, mathematics, or a related physical science with at least 3 years of experience in the area of wave and circulation modeling, as well as a solid background in UNIX shell and Python scripting.


The candidate will perform the job duties in a high-quality, independent, and collaborative way, assisting in managing projects, and developing and applying innovative methods for the primary work areas described below. The candidate will work with EMC scientists and external collaborators to develop unstructured meshes for various near shore regions across the US for the purpose of near shore wave modeling, and to run SWAN in the newly developed unstructured meshes using comprehensive wind input. The candidate will analyze model skill and performance by evaluating several sets of physics and numerical parameters and make system-wide optimizations. The candidate will then test and review the control scripts and surrounding code to ensure that operational coding standards are met. Standardization and optimization of the scripts will be performed if needed. The candidate will work with the advanced NOAA Environmental Modeling System (NEMS) infrastructure and multi-scale modeling framework, improving wave modeling skills and expand the accurate wave prediction to longer coastlines. This work will include:

  • · Process data from multiple sources to build bathymetry for various regions.
  • · Develop new or improving existing unstructured meshes for NWPS wave modeling.
  • · Implement and test advanced wave physical parameterizations into the NWPS framework with unstructured meshes.
  • · Design, setup, and execute pre-implementation tests for annual experimental and operational wave model with various wind-wave events.
  • · Optimize numerical model performance and efficiency in a parallel computing environment.
  • · Develop new or improved control scripts to drive the operational NWPS system.
  • · Develop advanced scripts for flexible end-to-end system integration and automation, and allow for additional functionalities.
  • · Work with NCEP Central Operations (NCO) on transitioning the code into operations.

Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in at least five of the following areas:

  • · Advanced knowledge of spectral modeling of wind wave using numerical models such as SWAN and WW3.
  • · Knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of oceanic modeling.
  • · Experience in interactive development of unstructured grid using Aquaveo SMS.
  • · Experience working in a UNIX environment with advanced scripting languages (e.g., Perl, ksh, Python, Ruby, etc.).
  • · Experience in development, supporting, testing and implementation of operational forecast workflow.
  • · Experience of numerical modeling with parallel computing optimization.
  • · Extensive practical application of computing languages such as FORTRAN and C, working with geophysical data formats (NetCDF, GRIB etc.), and graphical display programs such as GRADS, GEMPAK, MATLAB, IDL, etc.
  • · Experience in model testing and evaluation and/or knowledge of objective verification principles.
  • · Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively with scientists of diverse backgrounds on technical details of the work plan and present results accurately and clearly in both oral and written form.
  • · Ability to work independently and in a team environment on complex problems.
  • · Demonstrated skill in performing tasks requiring organization and an attention to detail.

Desired skills:

  • · Experience developing and testing numerical environmental prediction codes in a high-performance parallel computing environment
  • · Familiarity with NOAA operational forecasting environment.

To Apply:

Please apply directly to our career portal: (NOA1917 Support Scientist-NWPS Developer).Be sure to include your resume, cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, and three (3) references.

IMSG offers an outstanding overall Benefit Package including company paid leave, medical, dental, vision, and 401K. Salaries offered commensurate with qualifications and experience.

IMSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Veteran Friendly.

RCJ Consulting, LLC

Our goals at RCJ Consulting, LLC is to provide a fast and efficient ramp up time on each and every project to ensure that our client's short term needs to meet with zeal. RCJ Consulting, has twenty years of professional experience with Commercial industries such as areas as Software Development, Hardware Engineering, System Engineering, Network Engineering, Java,. Net, Oracle, Cyber Security, Program Management, Corporate positions such as Chief Financial Officer, Program Managers, Software Architects, System Architects, Mobile Engineers, Team Leads for various technical areas. Our services are available for virtual, on-site, part time or full-time basis for consulting engagements to include project based work such as Proposal Support for pipelining talent as well as providing pre-screening services to fit various labor categories. We also provide consulting in the areas of compensation mapping, job description development, benchmarking industry standards, recruitment strategies that will enable our client's to find the best candidate for the position in a timely manner. RCJ monitors current trends in contract recruiting that will assist us in providing the best-recruiting services and solutions for our clients immediate and long term needs.

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