Professional Specialist in Tropical Cyclones

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University in cooperation with NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) seeks a motivated individual to join a team assisting in the evaluation of tropical cyclones and their behavior in the fv3 model (fvGS). This includes comparing the model generated TC structure with observed structure, for both the global version of fv3 (fvGFS) being developed at GFDL and the high resolution version (hfvGFS) being developed in collaboration with HRD/AOML. The incumbent will lead the effort to evaluate the forecast skill of these respective models for forecast storm matrices such as track, intensity and storm size, comparing these matrices with the version of fvGFS being transitioned into operational by the National Weather Service (NWS). The incumbent will (a) evaluate the structure of the model generated tropical cyclones and evaluation of the model skill in the prediction of tropical cyclone track and intensity in periods up to 7 days, (b) evaluate the performance of the GFDL version of the global fvGFS model compared to the version transitioning into operations by the National Weather Service, (c) assist in the development and evaluation of a high resolution version of fvGFS (hfvGFS) for tropical cyclone applications, and (d) will be required to report these results in conferences and scientific meetings as needed, and to assist in the preparation of scientific papers summarizing this work in peer reviewed journals.

The selected candidate will have a graduate degree in meteorology, oceanography, or in a related field, and will possess two or more of the following attributes: (a) strong background in tropical meteorology, (b) strong computational skills, and extensive experience in the numerical modeling of tropical cyclones, (c) strong diagnostic skills and extensive knowledge of tropical cyclone forecast techniques.

This is a half-time position. Appointments are initially for one year with renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Successful candidates will be based at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey. Complete applications, including a CV, three references in order to solicit letters of recommendation, and a one-to-two page statement of professional interests must be submitted to by January 15, 2019 to ensure full consideration. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

posted: 14 December 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.