Tailored opportunities: Postdoctoral Fellow I (Climate, Hydrology, Water Resources, Snowpack) University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Boulder, CO, United States


This is a new, full-time 1-year term position with potential extension to 2 years for a post-doctoral research fellow at NCAR.  The new hire will conduct research on the regional hydro-climate changes in the Colorado River Basin. This will include analysis of global climate model data, quasi-dynamical and statistical modeling of the regional climate implications, and hydrologic model simulations to directly assess the likely impacts on water resources. For this purpose, the hire will utilize the Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research model (ICAR), and the Ensemble Generalized Analog Regression Downscaling tool (En-GARD). In addition, he or she will be responsible for parameterizing a macroscale hydrology model such as the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model and performing and analyzing simulations over the Colorado River Basin. The research will include improving and assessing regional changes in orographic precipitation and the combined climate effects on snowmelt timing and evapotranspiration in particular. The post-doc will work with a research team at NCAR dedicated to water resource applications, and will interact closely with stakeholders at multiple water management organizations. The position is within the Hydrometeorological Applications Program of the NCAR Research Applications Laboratory in Boulder, CO, USA. 


  • Develop and apply existing techniques to project regional climate changes in the Colorado River basin including the use of statistical and regional climate models.
  • Evaluate the regional climate changes predicted by these models in the light of physical process understanding such as expected orographic effects due to changing future atmospheric moisture supply and dynamics, and changes in elevation dependent warming due to the snow albedo feedback effect or mesoscale atmospheric processes.
  • Parameterize a macroscale hydrologic model for the Colorado River basin to be consistent with the observed runoff in the region and the meteorological forcing data produced and perform long-term hydrologic simulations with this model.
  • Work with water management agencies to evaluate the impacts of changes in hydrologic conditions in the area with respect to water management decisions.
  • Communicate research results through publication in peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations at scientific meetings. Assist in the preparation of project reporting materials and responses to opportunities for related research funding. 


Required qualifications

Education and Years of Experience:

  • PhD. degree in atmospheric or hydrologic science or engineering with expertise in mountain climates, and hydrologic modeling.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of hydrologic processes important for snow-dominated water resources
  • Knowledge and understanding of climate change and regional climate, particularly related to mountainous environments
  • Knowledge and understanding of orographic precipitation
  • Skill in running and analyzing hydrologic models
  • Skill in developing, implementing and analyzing statistical techniques related to hydrometeorological variables.
  • Ability to manage and manipulate large, computationally intensive simulations on high performance computing platforms.
  • Ability to conduct graphical and statistical analyses of multi-dimensional datasets (time, space, variable, ensemble).
  • Familiarity with UNIX, Fortran, NetCDF, Python, and high-performance computing.
  • Familiarity with GIS concepts and geophysical datasets (e.g. soils, vegetation)
  • Ability to interact productively with scientists and engineers at NCAR, the Bureau of Reclamation, and other water agencies.
  • Ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication of research results, including in an interdisciplinary context.


Deadline for application is 17 July 2019


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