Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Job Category: Fulltime Term Exempt Overtime Eligible: Exempt Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based
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Job Summary The Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA) is a coalition of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians from Caltech, MIT, the Naval Postgraduate School, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We are building the first Earth System Model (ESM) that automatically learns from diverse data sources to produce accurate climate predictions with quantified uncertainties. Our predictions will inform stakeholders as they plan resilient infrastructure, adapt supply chains to a changing climate, and assess the risks of climate-related hazards in their communities. At Caltech, we are seeking a Research Scientist to develop, test, and implement ESM components.
Job Duties As a CliMA Research Scientist at Caltech, you will collaborate with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of curious and creative scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians. You will advance the state of knowledge and contribute to the development of a data-informed ESM in one or more of several possible ways:
Developing and testing physically informed parameterizations of subgrid-scale processes in the atmosphere that are suitable for DA/ML approaches, including models for boundary layer turbulence, clouds, and convection
Integrating atmospheric, oceanic and land parameterizations into the global ESM, and verifying the integration against classical benchmarks and theories, as well as against existing ESMs and observations
Prototyping and building capabilities to run high-resolution large-eddy simulations on demand within a global ESM
Demonstrating the ESM's capabilities as a tool for geophysical academic research and for targeted climate predictions, via journal publications, open-source analysis code and a web-based interface
Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics or a related field
A strong physical, mathematical, and/or computational background
Programming experience in at least two general purpose languages
Experience working with global atmospheric models and/or ESMs
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills
At least 3 years of postdoctoral experience
Leadership experience of research projects, as demonstrated by publications
Experience of idealized atmospheric modeling and theoretical development
Programming experience in Julia
Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and interacting cross-functionally with a wide variety of people
EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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