Meteorological Developer

Systems Research Group - College Park, MD

Full-time | Contract$60,000 a year

Meteorological Developer


Systems Research Group, Inc. (SRG) is seeking to fill a full-time position supporting the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). The position will serve as a meteorologist developer at NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) and will have direct interaction with scientists within NOAA as well as partners outside of NOAA. This includes; NCEP centers, NWS weather forecast offices, NOAA research facilities, academia, and the NWS Science and Operations Officer community. The position will support EMC’s Model Evaluation Group (MEG), assisting with the group’s efforts to evaluate and verify NCEP models on the meso, synoptic, and global scales. Areas of focus will include global forecasts using emerging atmospheric/ocean coupled modeling systems that forecast the global environment from short-term through thirty-five days. Additional responsibilities will include providing support to efforts to post-process and visualize model output.


The work will primarily include the following responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and assess the guidance provided by multiple numerical environmental prediction models on high-impact events.
  • Assess longer-term performance of parallel versions of numerical environmental prediction models using objective methods.
  • Validate performance of parallel versions of numerical environmental prediction models, using both statistical and subjective methods.
  • Work with forecasters in the NWS field to keep them informed of model biases and upcoming changes, and investigate model problems that they report.
  • Provide general support on verification and post processing of model output, specifically with a focus on global atmospheric/ocean coupled environmental prediction systems, with both medium range and sub-seasonal forecasts (short-term through thirty-five days).
  • Interact with NWS/NCEP/EMC and external partner domain scientists and engineers.
  • Adhere to DOC/NOAA/NWS Information Technology policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to project-specific software development guidelines and practices.
  • Complete scientific projects in a timely fashion according to internal and external schedules.
  • Actively contribute to review of scientific ideas at status/technical meetings.
  • Contribute to a monthly task status report.
  • Report regularly to senior project managers on project task completion status.


At least an M.S. or equivalent experience in atmospheric sciences or meteorology, mathematics, or a related physical science.

Knowledge, Skills, and Requirements:

  • Some experience working in a UNIX environment with advanced scripting languages (e.g., Perl, ksh, Python, Ruby, etc.).
  • Some practical application of computing languages such as FORTRAN, C, and C++, and graphical display programs such as GRADS, GEMPAK, MATLAB, IDL, etc.
  • Some knowledge of common meteorological data formats, such as BUFR, NetCDF, HDF, and GRIB, etc.
  • Some knowledge of model verification software systems, such as the Model Evaluation Toolkit (MET/METplus, etc.).
  • Experience with numerical environmental model testing and evaluation and/or knowledge of verification principles.
  • Ability to analyze/plot and verify prediction model output independently.
  • An understanding of atmospheric and oceanic forecasting in the short and medium range.
  • Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively with scientists of diverse backgrounds on technical details of work plans, and present results accurately and clearly in both oral and written form.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment on complex problems.
  • Demonstrated skill in performing tasks requiring organization and attention to detail.

Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder to qualify (please indicate in your cover letter).

Desired skills:

  • Familiarity with numerical environmental datasets, including observations and numerical weather prediction output.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated skill in performing tasks requiring organization and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of statistical principles and strong analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with operational environmental prediction systems and/or an operational forecasting environment.


$60K Per Year


Medical, Vision, Dental, 401K, Paid Time Off, Bonuses

To Apply

Please submit your resume, contact information for three (3) references, salary requirements and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $60,000.00 /year


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)
  • javascript: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Master's (Required)

Contract Length:

  • More than 1 year

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses
  • Other forms

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off

Visa Sponsorship Potentially Available:

  • Yes: H-1B work authorization

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative
  • People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused
  • Stable -- traditional, stable, strong processes

This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply


  • Monday to Friday