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Professional Research Assistant in Hydro-Climatology

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder has an immediate opening for a Professional Research Assistant at the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. This position will support research in developing experimental techniques to predict streamflow.


The qualified individual will assist in:

  • Statistical downscaling of numerical weather prediction output to local scales
  • Configuring and running a suite of hydrologic models in river basins throughout the contiguous USA
  • Evaluation/validation of experimental forecasts
  • Discussion of experimental forecast products with reservoir managers
  • Preparing scientific publications and presentations.


  • Excellent computational skills (Fortran in a UNIX environment; knowledge of Java is a plus).
  • Experience with both statistical methods and modeling approaches in surface-water hydrology.
  • Experience with mapping and graphical packages (e.g., GrADS, IDL, ArcInfo).
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • BS or MS in meteorology, hydrology, computer science, or a related discipline.

For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Martyn Clark (e-mail: clark@vorticity.Colorado.EDU).

The position will be filled as a Professional Research Assistant at the University of Colorado, and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation per year. The review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, mail or fax (303.492.1149), or email Jobs@cires.colorado.edu resume, salary history and a list of three references to:

CIRES Human Resources
Job Code PL-1
216 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0216

The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity in education and employment.

The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Internship Program of The National Academies, Washington, D.C.

This Internship Program of the National Academies-consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council-is designed to engage graduate and postdoctoral students in science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions among science, technology, and government. As a result, students-in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, business, and law-develop essential skills different from those attained in academia, which will help them make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional.

A new fall 2002 program session has been added-expanding the program beyond its current summer and winter sessions. The fall 2002 program will take place from September 9 until November 27, 2002.

To apply, candidates should submit an application and request their mentor fill out a reference form. Both are available at http://national-academies.org/internship. The deadline for the September Program is June 1, and for the January Program is November 1. Additional details about the program and how to join our mailing list are also available on the Web site. Questions should be directed to: internship@nas.edu.

Here is what four former interns said about the program:

"This is an important career building opportunity for people interested in the scientific community outside academia. Even if you plan to pursue a traditional academic track, seeing science from a policy perspective is very enlightening. There is something valuable in this experience for first year grad students to recent PhD's. Come with an open mind and expect to learn more than you bargained for."

"The National Academies Internship has been one of the most valuable life experiences I have had thus far. The scope of the influence of the Academies in helping shape science, medical and engineering related policy is amazing to witness. Through this internship, I have learned more about my work as a social scientist than I imagined, and I have a better sense of how my research can relate to public policy."

"The Internship program provides an exceptional opportunity for scientists to explore various facets of scholarly research and policymaking. As an intern, you will work with an eclectic mix of highly educated, diverse intellectuals who help advance the future of science. You will leave not only armed with important and influential contacts but also with invaluable skills and experiences."

"This program will open your mind to a world rarely envisioned from the confines of laboratory bench work. I learned an immeasurable amount about the policy and politics behind science and after the internship opens your mind, it opens career doors."