University of Colorado, Boulder CIRES/NOAA SWPC – Solar Magnetic Field Data Scientific Programmer

April 15, 2019, from Richard Morton

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a scientific programmer at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). NOAA SWPC currently relies on the National Solar Observatory (NSO) to run the six worldwide sites comprising its Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG), collect the solar magnetogram and H-alpha data, ship it back to a central location at NSO, and process the raw data to create high level products. The plan for the future is to have NOAA take over the real-time processing of the raw data and the creation of the products used in the operational forecast center and to feed SWPC’s numerical models.

This position will focus on the installation, maintenance, and upkeep of real-time, operational, data processing software, as well as the verification and validation of the processed solar magnetogram and H-alpha data. The data ingest and processing system will duplicate and operationalize the current system run by the NSO, on NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center resources. These GONG data are a critical element of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center data and modeling system and are used by forecasters in the Space Weather Forecast Office and as input to the solar wind and coronal mass ejection model, WSA–Enlil. The successful candidate will also support the addition of the Air Force Data Assimilative Photospheric Flux Transport (ADAPT) model into SWPC’s operational framework, improving upon the current GONG–WSA–Enlil modeling system by accounting for a more realistic evolution of solar active regions.

Further information and the job application link are available at: jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=16781

For more information, please contact: Dr. Eric Adamson (eric.adamson@noaa.gov)


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