Position Description

Research Scientist
Job Category Fulltime Temporary
ExemptOvertimeEligible Exempt
Benefits Eligible Benefit Based
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Job Summary

Climate change projections continue to be marred by large uncertainties but breakthroughs in their accuracy are within reach, thanks to recent advances in the computational and data sciences and in the availability of Earth observations from space and from the ground. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and partner institutions are developing a new Earth system modeling platform to harness these advances. It will fuse an Earth System Model (ESM) with global observations and targeted local high-resolution simulations of clouds, turbulence, and other elements of the Earth system.

As a Research Scientist, you will collaborate with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning Caltech, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Naval Postgraduate School.

We are seeking to fill several Research Scientist positions within this initiative, spanning a range of expertise from computational and applied mathematics to the atmospheric and oceanic sciences.

For more information about the modeling initiative, please visit climate-dynamics.org or contact Professors Tapio Schneider or Andrew Stuart at: esm@caltech.edu.

Job Duties

You will contribute to the development of a data-informed ESM by:
Devising scalable data assimilation and machine learning (DA/ML) algorithms, to allow them to learn systematically from diverse data sources, such as satellite observations or high-resolution simulations of turbulent flows.
Developing 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.
Building and prototyping numerical and computational methods for an atmosphere dynamical core that is scalable and adaptable to emerging hardware architectures.

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics, or a related field by the date of hire.
Strong physical, mathematical, and/or computational background.
Programming experience in at least one general purpose language.
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
Leadership experience in research projects as demonstrated by publications.

Required Documents

– Curriculum Vitae
– One-page statement of research interests
– Three letters of recommendation: Confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed to employment@caltech.edu. Emails should include the applicant's name and the position title, Research Scientist. 

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