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Earth System Modeler

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Job Opening: Earth System Modeler

Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan


The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a candidate to join a team of modelers working on development, testing, and deployment of coupled, integrated earth system models of the Great Lakes basin. The purpose of this integrated earth system modeling effort is to support development of a real-time, three-dimensional circulation and flood forecast modeling system in the Great Lakes. The integrated earth system modeling components are designed to simulate physical processes including meteorology, hydrology, hydrodynamics, waves, and ice. Objectives of the project include calibration and verification of an unstructured three-dimensional baroclinic hydrodynamic lake model that includes the flood plains to predict coastal inundation. This lake model will be coupled to operational meteorological models such as the atmospheric High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model (HRRR), the WAVEWATCH III wave model, and the hydrologic National Water Model (NWM). You will work to explore, develop, and test coupling strategies between three dimensional hydrodynamic models and three-dimensional hydrologic models.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in the natural sciences or engineering, with 1-3 years of related experience in hydrodynamic modeling in research projects and/or professional activities.
  • Experience configuring, running, and evaluating large scale earth system models in a high-performance computing environment.
  • Previous experience in processing large datasets in a variety of different data formats (ASCII, GRIB, or NetCDF).
  • Strong technical skills related to hydrodynamic, wave, or similar model development and high-performance computing.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD in the natural sciences or engineering, with some experience working in a research environment.
  • Skill in working with surface meteorological stations, in-situ oceanographic observation, and/or numerical weather prediction data.
  • Experience in coupling earth system models.
  • Experience with FVCOM and/or WAVEWATCH III models.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze hydrodynamic model output.
  • Experience with handling data in a Linux/Unix high-performance computing environment and scripting data analysis software such as R, Python, or IDL.
  • Experience working with geospatial data and developing hydrodynamic model grids.

For more information and to apply

The application deadline is 3/1/23.