Full Job Description
The Hydro-climatologist will conduct groundwater and climate co-variability analysis and drought assessment in the western USA.
Groundwater decline and drought assessment in Utah & Southern Nevada (county wise)
Analysis of precipitation, temperature, soil moisture and USGS well depth variability across Utah
Finding correlation among drought indices (e.g. PDSI) and soil water storage changes
Developing GRACE -based drought indicators for Utah and Nevada
Downscaling (spatial and temporal) of GRACE data (Total Water Storage) using GRACE Data Assimilation System for Utah
Assimilation of GRACE Groundwater data to Land surface model (CESM/CLSM) and trend analysis
Incorporation of water usage changes (in each county) to land surface model and connection to natural water residue
Ability to develop research proposal and research papers based on groundwater decline and drought pattern changes over the years in Utah and Southern Nevada region
Ph.D. in Climate/Atmospheric Science or Meteorology or closely related field
Knowledge in climate variability, groundwater changes and drought assessment
Knowledge of, or interest in hydrologic processes and climatic connection
Computer programming proficiency in GrADS, NCL or PYTHON
Experience in working with large, multidimensional climate datasets. Formats include: NetCDF, GRIB1, GRIB2, ASCII
Strong verbal and written communication skills are required
Demonstration of the ability to work in a team environment as well as independently
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
2. Writing Sample(s) to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Advertised Salary:$20 per hourADA:
The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work each department performs. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).
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