Fire Weather and Aerosol Modeling Scientist


1 March 2023 - 31 March 2023

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)—a joint collaboration of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist with experience in atmospheric physics, numerical weather prediction and/or air quality modeling. The scientist will have an appointment within the Earth Prediction Advancement Division (EPAD) of GSL (

NOAA/GSL/EPAD has been leading the development of regional and global aerosol and air quality forecast models in collaboration with other NOAA laboratories over many years. One of these models High-Resolution Rapid Refresh coupled with Smoke (HRRR-Smoke) is NOAA’s operational high-resolution model, which forecasts smoke from wildland fires and its impact on radiation []. The coupled meteorology-chemistry models developed at GSL allow simulating complex aerosol-meteorology interactions on regional and global scales (e.g., WRF-Chem). In recent years EPAD in collaboration with other groups has been leading the development of new smoke and fire weather forecasting models based on the Unified Forecast System []. Currently the smoke, dust and fire weather simulation capabilities are being tested in NOAA’s new experimental numerical weather prediction model Rapid-Refresh Forecasting System coupled with smoke and dust [].