Position Description

Research Scientist
Job Category Fulltime Regular
ExemptOvertimeEligible Exempt
Benefits Eligible Benefit Based
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Job Summary

We are seeking a Research Scientist to develop, test, and implement components of a land model that automatically learns from space-based and ground-based data. As a CliMA land Research Scientist at Caltech, you will collaborate with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of curious and creative scientists and engineers, spanning Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to create a land model suitable for use in Earth System Models (ESMs). For information about CliMA, please visit our website at  https://clima.caltech.edu/

Job Duties

You will advance the state of knowledge and contribute to the development of a data-informed land model in one or more of several possible ways:

  • Using your expertise in snow physics, surface and subsurface hydrology, physics, and/or other terrestrial processes to develop models of appropriate complexity for use with an ESM.
  • Developing physically informed parameterizations of snow, soil, and biosphere processes that are suitable for data assimilation/machine learning approaches, including models for snow, rivers and surface water, and plant canopies.
  • Implementing new and existing models within the CliMA code base, writing integration tests, carrying out suitable benchmarks for validation of these models, and working with software engineers to make this code performant.
  • Carrying out original research using the CliMA land model.

Basic Qualifications

As qualifications, you are required to have:

  • Completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a field of science, mathematics, or engineering.
  • At least four years experience working with and/or modeling data.
  • A strong physical, statistical, or computational background.
  • At least four years programming experience in at least one general purpose language.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in terrestrial ecosystem modeling, hydrology, or a related field.
  • Experience and comfort with having ownership of a project.

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • One-page statement of research interests.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed to employment@caltech.edu. Emails should include the applicant's name and the position title, Research Scientist. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Required for All Employees

Caltech has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 15, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees (with Institute-approved exemptions for religious or medical contraindications only). At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). As a condition of employment, employees must submit official COVID-19 vaccine documentation. More information may be found here.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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