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Scientific Programmer for Interdisciplinary Climate Research

Penn State University
Jonesboro, AR
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Sep 20, 2023

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Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI, invites applications for a non-tenure line, full-time Scientific Programmer position. Successful candidates will become part of a transdisciplinary research team working on Climate Risk Analysis (, Multisector Dynamics (,, and Stakeholder-Engaged Decision Support (, under support from sponsors including DOE, NOAA, and NSF. This deeply collaborative research environment provides participants with unique opportunities for research, cross-institution collaboration, and professional development.

The selected candidate will work with students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers across multiple departments and institutions to develop modeling, data processing, visualization, decision analysis, and outreach tools for our integrated research efforts. Desired areas of expertise include developing and running the Earth system, integrated assessment, agricultural, ecosystem, and hydrological models and/or their components; econometric analysis; geophysical and economic data visualization; model coupling and parallelization; statistical analysis of large datasets; and development of web-based, interactive tools. The primary languages used by the team include R, Python, Julia, Matlab, and GAMS; significant experience with model development and data analysis in two or more of these languages is essential. Experience working in (or administering ) high-performance Linux supercomputing environments and with additional relevant languages such as C/C++, Fortran, Javascript, or NCL is desirable. Experience working with climate model outputs and associated data formats is also highly desirable. Initial projects may include (but are not limited to) the development of tools for model coupling, data format translation, multi-objective trade-off analysis, uncertainty quantification, deployment of large model ensembles, containerized workflows, climate downscaling, and web delivery of climatic datasets. Candidates should have a Master's degree or Ph.D. in a relevant field and a demonstrated record of achievement in scientific computing.

Applications must be submitted online and should include a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, both submitted as PDF files. The cover letter (maximum 2 pages) should succinctly describe your background and specific interest in this opportunity. The resume or curriculum vitae (also a maximum of 2 pages) should focus on the elements of your educational record, skills, and work experience most relevant to the position. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include links to multiple examples of relevant, prior work in their application materials. Additional supporting materials may be requested at a later date from candidates who are selected for further review.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Initial appointment will be for a period of 12 months with an excellent possibility of renewal contingent upon the availability of funding and successful evaluation of performance. Applicants seeking the rank of Researcher should possess a master's degree or its equivalent, or be an active candidate for a terminal degree, in an academic field related to their research by appointment start date. Applicants seeking the rank of Assistant Research Professor should possess a terminal degree or its equivalent in an academic field related to their research by the start date. Applicants without a terminal degree should possess at least a master's degree or its equivalent in an academic field related to his/her teaching specialization; must have demonstrated ability as a researcher; and must have shown evidence of professional growth and scholarship in their discipline.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Robert Nicholas (

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.


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