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Company: SAIC
Location: College Park, MD
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Technology, Software, IT, Electronics



The contractor will serve as a meteorologist developer at the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) and will have direct interaction with scientists within NOAA as well as partners outside of NOAA. This includes; NCEP centers, NWS weather forecast offices, NOAA research facilities, academia, and the NWS Science and Operations Officer community.  In this capacity the incumbent will work with the above partners to develop and enhance geo-referenced datasets and services as well as new forecaster tools and verification practices applied to operational and experimental forecasts.

Promising work will be transitioned to operations. The incumbent will provide training materials on the enhanced forecaster products and tools. The work will also strive to build the capacity to enhance impact decision support services (IDSS), effectively building a Weather Ready Nation.

Areas of particular need and interest to be addressed include developing forecaster tools and verification practices for a multitude of precipitation products and services associated with WPC. heavy precipitation associated with fire burn scar areas. Additional areas of focus include the use of ensemble model output to aid forecaster generation of probabilistic products.

The ideal candidate will currently be able to identify pertinent datasets (satellite, land use, and meteorological) and develop forecaster tools that will feature map data products using GIS reference materials as well as other web-mapping services  Assignments are typically received in terms of expected outcomes and incumbents are expected to act independently to develop required information, including selecting approach, and to provide sound analyses and recommendations.  Assigned projects may include analysis, application development, or other areas specific to the assignment.

Specific activities may include but are not limited to:

•       Collaborate with meteorologists at NCEP, NWS field offices, academia, and outside partners to develop forecast tools for short to medium range time frames regarding hazardous rainfall.

•       Use scientific and technical meteorological expertise to develop tools for determination of hazard information.

•       As appropriate, contribute to formal scientific publications, and/or attending off-site conferences, symposia and hazardous-weather-related outreach events.

•       Collaborate to transition forecaster tools developed at WPC and elsewhere within NOAA into operations at WPC and other NOAA offices.

•       Develop web applications using modern industry languages and tools such as, GIS, Python, and PHP.

•       Development of programs used to generate and/or analyze GIS data sets including shapefile, KML/KMZ, and geoJSON formats.

•       Develop training materials to transition new tools and techniques into operations.

•       Perform related duties as assigned



Required/Desirable Knowledge or Skills Set:

●     Masters degree in meteorology, hydrology or related earth science fields 

●        Experience with deterministic and ensemble prediction system data sets and their application to hazardous weather diagnosis and prediction.

●        Experience with remote sensing datasets

●        Experience with software development support in a team environment

●        Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software tools and applications including but not limited to ArcGIS, ArcIMS, ArcSDE, and applications of MS Office Suite

●        Experience with Python and Unix shell scripting within a UNIX/Linux Environment.

●      Ability to organize, plan, and complete projects

●      Excellent written and oral communication skills for documentation and presentations


Desirable Knowledge or Skills Set:

●      Experience with development Frameworks for web based map applications ( e.g. ArcGIS, JavaScript, API)


Must be a US Citizen or a Green Card Holder with the ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Clearance

SAIC accepts applications on an ongoing basis and there is no deadline.

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.

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