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21-124 : Risk Communication-AI Integration Scientist
Colorado State University in Boulder, Colorado
 
 
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Date Posted September 23, 2021
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Admin-Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 

Posting Details


Working Title 21-124 : Risk Communication-AI Integration Scientist
Position Location Boulder, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101078AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $68,000 - $70,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Desired Start Date 12/01/2021
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 10/11/2021
Description of Work Unit
This position is situated within the Advanced Technology Division of GSL. ATD identifies, investigates, and develops high-performance computing methods, products, systems, and tools to support the NOAA Mission and NOAA research and operations.  In particular, ATD helps the NOAA National Weather Service, other professional users, educators, and the public understand our complex Earth.  National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters help protect life and property and enhance the economy by issuing forecasts (including outlooks, watches, and warnings) and providing impact-based decision support services (IDSS) to their core partners. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to augment the existing suite of guidance available to forecasters, by providing new types of forecast information, generating more skillful predictions, and/or generating more computationally efficient guidance, ideally while simultaneously identifying relevant meteorological variables or physical processes at play that led the AI system to its prediction. Yet, little research has been done on how to develop AI information for forecasters that is trustworthy, trusted by forecasters, and useful to them.
 
​​The postdoctoral fellow will be working on conducting integrated research at the intersection of AI, atmospheric science, and risk communication, risk assessment, and decision-making, working with CIRA, NOAA’s Global System Laboratory (GSL), University of Oklahoma, NCAR, and University of Washington. The work will leverage related ongoing research from the NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography (AI2ES; www.ai2es.org).  The goal of this project is to help develop trustworthy AI guidance for NWS forecasters and their core partners to use as they assess hazardous weather risks and make decisions to issue forecast and IDSS products. Key to developing AI guidance that is trustworthy and meaningful is the interdisciplinary expertise required to advance knowledge of how forecasters interpret, trust, and use forecast guidance, and how these processes may be contingent on AI interpretability, explainability, and other guidance features. This work will focus on AI guidance that is being developed within AI2ES for different weather and coastal hazards (severe convective, winter, tropical cyclones, coastal flooding, coastal fog), with an emphasis on AI guidance that utilizes the weather observational and modeling capabilities housed at CIRA, NOAA GSL, OU and NCAR.
Position Summary
The postdoc will join the AI2ES research team to lead development of visualization and interactive user interface of AI/ML guidance in order to support the development of meaningful and trustworthy AI tools for forecasters. In doing so, the individual will report to the Principal Investigator, closely collaborating and communicating with an interdisciplinary team of AI experts, atmospheric scientists, and risk communication scientists.  This team is leading fundamental and applied research on developing trustworthy AI for different weather, climate, and coastal hazards that are informed by user-oriented research about forecasters’ and their partners’ attitudes, interpretations, perceptions, and uses of AI. The proposed research to be conducted by the postdoctoral scientist will include a particular focus on visualizing uncertainty and confidence, representing the temporal evolution of AI, and facilitating interactivity of and interactions with AI models as an approach to explaining AI, to enhance the existing AI2ES efforts along these lines.  
Required Job Qualifications
●Ph.D. in a social or behavioral science, atmospheric sciences, computer science, engineering, or other relevant STEM field, completed by the time position begins;
●Experience or interest in the interactions between weather/climate information and society and/or the interactions between AI/machine learning and society;
●Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary research team;
●Programming experience, including at least minimal experience building visualizations or graphics; 
●Basic knowledge or interest in atmospheric science, physics, applied mathematics, or another physical science;
●Basic understanding of statistical or machine learning methods, demonstrated through course work or projects; 
—Demonstrated curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm to learn new skills;
●Ability to communicate well, particularly across disciplinary boundaries;
●The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the US by the proposed start date;
●Ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.
Preferred Job Qualifications
●Experience in scientific programming with a high level language (e.g,. Python, R, MATLAB, Javascript) and ability to learn other additional programming languages as needed;
—Advanced understanding of statistical or machine learning methods, demonstrated through course work or projects; 
●Experience developing programmatic interactive data visualizations; 
●Experience with large atmospheric, climate, or physical science data sets;
●Demonstrated experience of applying at least one machine learning or advanced statistical technique to an atmospheric-science or climate or similar problem;
●Appreciation of research designs for working with human subjects;
●Experience with social science qualitative data analysis, experimental design, survey methodology, and/or statistical analysis;
●Advanced knowledge of atmospheric sciences and/or climate;
●Knowledge of the operational weather forecasting environment (e.g., forecast tools, processes, actors)
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Applied Research
Duty/Responsibility
● Lead development of visualization and interactive user interface, in close collaboration with AI, atmospheric science, and risk communication scientists
● Collaborate with AI and atmospheric science research teams to understand the development of trustworthy AI weather and climate guidance
● Collaborate on interview data collection to elicit attitudes, interpretations, and potential uses of AI for different expert groups (weather forecasters and their core partners) across weather/climate applications. Collaborate on analyzing data and synthesizing findings to guide development of trustworthy AI information. 
● Collaborate on developing a web-based randomized experimental design to systematically manipulate prototyped AI information and assess effects on experts’ interpretations, perceptions, and decision-making. Collaborate on virtually conducting experiments, analyzing data, and synthesizing findings to guide development of trustworthy AI information.  
Percentage Of Time 60
Job Duty Category Independent Research
Duty/Responsibility
● Contribute to and lead scientific studies that serve the CIRA mission;
● Develop future proposals that may lead to an independent research program.
Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty Category Collaborative Research
Duty/Responsibility
● Collaborate with other GSL, CIRA and other AI2ES scientists working on similar research projects.
● Prepare results for at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal and presentations at scientific meetings and conferences, which could involve travel.
Percentage Of Time 15

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume or CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Jennifer.Raab@colostate.edu
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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